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Old Oct 1st 2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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Hi everybody

Who is using slick tires on the panigale? What brand and size and any comment you have please.

I'm thinking to have a spare set of rims with slick tires for the track days.

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Old Oct 2nd 2013, 02:50 AM   #2
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Using Dunlop KR 106/108 UK made

Fantastic tyre, very good grip and easy control the slides
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Old Oct 4th 2013, 01:54 PM   #3
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Using Dunlop KR 106/108 UK made

Fantastic tyre, very good grip and easy control the slides
Thanks, do you use tire warmers I guess ? What size ?

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Old Oct 4th 2013, 03:23 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Scorpio66 View Post
Hi everybody

Who is using slick tires on the panigale? What brand and size and any comment you have please.

I'm thinking to have a spare set of rims with slick tires for the track days.

Thanks

Bye

Fabio
I'm running Michelin 20/69-17c. Have not use them with the Pani, but I love them on my R1. Of course tire warmers= rear 23psi, front 29psi
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Old Oct 4th 2013, 03:59 PM   #5
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I am running Dunlop 449's on my R. I dropped over 3 seconds/lap on them on the first day out using them, and I like the feel of them way better. Carcasses are stiffer, and seem to make the bike feel more controllable and precise. The most obvious difference is the more linear feel from the front end, i.e. it takes a little more doing to bring the bike down to lean, but there is less sensation of a transition to get to the side of the tire. The front geometry seems to just stay the same regardless of lean angle. I find them much more confidence inspiring, and at my level, confidence translates into much more extra speed than any hardware can.

Running single temp warmers. No problem putting a knee down on the warmup lap. I rode the crap out of the bike the whole day, ran more consistent lap times, and never scared myself once. I see no reason for anybody who is running dry track days not to run slicks for extra entertainment value.

I'm still wearing the rear badly, although it did not start to show until the last session when I was really hammering on the high-speed right hand exit. I need to play with the rear suspension some and see if I can make this better.
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Old Oct 4th 2013, 09:43 PM   #6
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The 449 is close to the KR106/108 UK I'm using.

Size is 120/70 front 195/65 reat.

Good tyrewarmers is a must have
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Old Oct 5th 2013, 12:13 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by BowHunter View Post
The 449 is close to the KR106/108 UK I'm using.

Size is 120/70 front 195/65 reat.

Good tyrewarmers is a must have
If you call Dunlop you will find that the difference in size between the 200/55 K449 and the KR108 195/65 is about 2mm. In essence, they are the same tire. The U.K. version will last a bit longer....maybe a few laps to one session, depending on how hard you are on tires.

In the Qatar asian SSTK series they run a 125/70 front, and a 195/65 rear...basically a U.S. front with a U.K. rear. If you can get through all the numbers and shit of Dunlop's tires, (as apposed to pirelli's names for their tires) you will find the Dunlops rock!!

two things to note: One, the dunlops have a lot of grip...I mean a lot of grip so you may have to play a bit with the settings, (if you have an R model consider moving your swing arm pivot).

Two, when Dunlop's give up the ghost, they do it quickly. If you notice that your TC is kicking in a lot, check the tires for wear.

Good luck!!
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Originally Posted by BowHunter View Post
The 449 is close to the KR106/108 UK I'm using.

Size is 120/70 front 195/65 reat.

Good tyrewarmers is a must have
We also use the kr106/kr108(UK), good tyres.

Some problems on the front, but rear is perfect

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I can't wait to try out a set of the 449 US Dunlop. Only heard great things. Road Atlanta November 9th. Converted the bike to track only. Not a good street bike for me.
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Originally Posted by tcelano View Post
I am running Dunlop 449's on my R. I dropped over 3 seconds/lap on them on the first day out using them, and I like the feel of them way better. Carcasses are stiffer, and seem to make the bike feel more controllable and precise. The most obvious difference is the more linear feel from the front end, i.e. it takes a little more doing to bring the bike down to lean, but there is less sensation of a transition to get to the side of the tire. The front geometry seems to just stay the same regardless of lean angle. I find them much more confidence inspiring, and at my level, confidence translates into much more extra speed than any hardware can.

Running single temp warmers. No problem putting a knee down on the warmup lap. I rode the crap out of the bike the whole day, ran more consistent lap times, and never scared myself once. I see no reason for anybody who is running dry track days not to run slicks for extra entertainment value.

I'm still wearing the rear badly, although it did not start to show until the last session when I was really hammering on the high-speed right hand exit. I need to play with the rear suspension some and see if I can make this better.

Thanks. Do you have to adjust the TC using the 195/65 instead the 200/55?
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