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  1. Bullet - Steve: That makes a lot of sense. Thanks for your insight!
  2. For those of us on a budget who ride or race at tracks in areas of the country where we see lots of rain, I have a question. How good are the D211GPAs in the rain? Understanding that some of us have a budget and may not have spare wheels with rain tires ready to switch out tires, in the rain what could we expect with regards to the characteristics of Q2s vs. D211GPAs vs. Dunlop rain tires? This year I'm considering changing from Q2s to D211GPAs. Last year I had a few rain days on Q2s, to include a Cal Superbikes School day, and found that they did pretty well in the rain. Prior to changing tires, I'm trying to figure out what kind of rain performance I can expect from the D211GPAs, or whether I will need to be ready to go to Q2s or Dunlop rain tires when it gets wet. Thanks!
  3. Brad: Thanks for the response -- I missed that. That makes sense.
  4. Steve: Sorry if this has been asked already -- I looked, but could not find this question asked or answered. Does it make any sense to use tire warmers on a Q2 -- I'm considering doing my first novice race and would like to be able to avoid two laps to warm them up. I know it is a street/track tire and have heard that it is either a bad idea to use warmers on these types of tires or that it doesn't do anything to help out with traction even at the early stages -- but as with everything else there are too many myths out there for me to know. If it does make sense, should one use low or high temp on a dual temp warmer? I want to go with D211GPAs next tire change, but I think I still have 2 or 3 more track/race days on the Q2s that are currently on the bike. Thus far Q2s have been giving me very good traction with no problems at the speeds I can currently ride, but I always gradually build speed the first 2 laps on track days to warm them up. If a warmer would alow me to ride a little harder for the first two laps in a race, I may choose to use them in that first race. Otherwise, I guess I have to go to those D211GPAs sooner.
  5. Thanks Steve -- that certainly clarifies things for me! Great information. Art
  6. Steve: Great information in all of your posts! I have a question that is related to tire warmers and heat cycles. I'm currently an intermediate rider who has been using Q2s. I don't currently own a tire warmer. I've thought of jumping up to the D211GPA tires. If I go with the D211GPA tires, will I need tire warmers? In another post, you indicated that the tire warmers just get your tires warmed up so they are ready to go in your first couple of laps without having to heat them in the first couple of laps. However, I have heard and read that when running "race" tires, to include "DOT race," that you need tire warmers also to reduce the number of heat cycles through the tire. As I understand, this is necessary because race tires, unlike the road/track tires, are not manufactured to go through multiple heat cycles. Is there any truth to this? Ultimately, what I'm trying to figure out is how important would tire warmers be if I switch from the Q2s to the D211GPA? Without a tire warmer, I have not had any problems gradually warming up my Q2s in the first couple of laps each session, so I'm wondering if I would be able to do the same with D211GPAs while maintaining good longevity for the tires and getting them up to the correct temp. Thanks! Art
  7. I ride a 2007 ZX6R with Q2 tires? What's the recommended track day cold tire pressure for these. Dunlop only publishes street pressure and they are really high. Thanks!
  8. Jody -- is that you -- my instructor at CSS who I later saw at Thunderbolt. If it is -- it is Art.

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