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Phil B:
Soo. I heard that a track day wears through tyres like nobody's business.
I'm wondering if that is because of (insert track technique here), or because the track surface is so abrasive, or.... what?

If I ever manage to get the time AND money to go to the track, I'd like to just have fun doing some twistyturny safely, without having to burn $100 worth of tyre wear on top of $100+ of track fee, all on a single day.

Any tips from you track folks?

BaltimoreGS:
Track bikes usually run much softer compounds than street bikes leading to fast tire wear.

-Jessie

dougdoberman:
Your tires will wear faster on a track (no matter what their compound) because you're using them harder.

Unless you're a rider who spends all of his time on the street riding the twisties at max speed, you're going to put way more stress on them while on a track.  You're going to build much more heat in them, which will typically have the effect of softening them up which will increase the wear.

There's nothing you can do to combat this, other than tooling around conservatively all day.  If you're going to do that, there's not much point is there?  :)

Are you going to trash a set of tires in one day on the track?  Unlikely.  Particularly if you're a novice at track riding.  If you've got tires decent enough to pass tech inspection, you'll have plenty of tread on them at the end of the day.  How much sooner you've got to replace them now is pretty much impossible to calculate.   

Even if you lose a couple months of daily street riding tread wear from your track excursion, it's more than worth it in my opinion.  Every motorcycle rider should spend at least a day or two on the track at some point.  (Preferably before they get themselves into a situation that some track time would have made them confident enough to get out of.)   


Phil B:

--- Quote from: dougdoberman on April 29, 2012, 10:57:06 PM ---Your tires will wear faster on a track (no matter what their compound) because you're using them harder.

Unless you're a rider who spends all of his time on the street riding the twisties at max speed, you're going to put way more stress on them while on a track.  You're going to build much more heat in them, which will typically have the effect of softening them up which will increase the wear.

--- End quote ---

Aha. So you're suggesting it's the heat that's the biggest factor.
I wonder if lateral forces are the worst for that, or whether it's just the speed?

I'm a bit of an odd fish.. I'm interested in a track experience, primarily for the safety. I'd rather go at 40 around crazy turns at 45deg lean, than blasting it to 120 on the track long stretches.
I'd prefer to stick to canyon riding in some ways. but canyons == dirty roads and poor visibility :(

burning1:
The GS500 is very gentile on tires, even at a track pace. I wouldn't worry about the extra tire wear. I would make sure that your tires are in relatively good condition.

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