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    Anyone using the Pirelli SL26's?

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    They are OK for fooling around on, I wouldn't get serious on one. Slide nice though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy
    Hey you have a few serious roadtoads "team ER" in your area, hackmunch, nick, eviloompah, crashkid, you might wanna talk with them?
    Thanks, Next question is where do I get wheels???

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    How is the Kenda 761? (The stock pitster X2M tire)

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    Indoors, cold dusty concrete, any advantage to a rain vs regular tire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon
    Indoors, cold dusty concrete, any advantage to a rain vs regular tire?


    A rain would probably work very well in that situation. Rain tires are VERY soft and designed to grip when cold. I remeber doing a track day in the rain and as the track dried I was aiming for the puddles to keep the tires cool, so I wouldn't have to change my tires back. They probably wouldn't last long though.

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    Does anybody have any pics of their 12's mounted up on those cyclone 2,15's rims ??? I can't stand the look of 12's on the more narrow rims . IDK , but to me the way the tires sit on more narrow rims , it looks as if they would have way too much flex and you couldn't get the correct feed back from them ?? Somebody correct me if I'm wrong please .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon
    Indoors, cold dusty concrete, any advantage to a rain vs regular tire?
    It's one of those things that sounds like it should work. When I was racing pocketbikes I tried a rain tire indoors. It sucked. The rubber was so soft that it grabbed every bit of dust off the floor like a glue trap. Try putting baby powder on the tires you have now if you want a simulation. The guy I sold the bike to had the same opinion.

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    here's a pic of a rear 601ss 120 on a 2.15x12



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    matt thanks for the pic !! How's the side wall in relation to the tread look ? Does it look like it's a proper fit now ? As in is the side wall isn't so sucked in anymore ?

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    For comparison, that's a TT91 120/80R12 on a 1.4" rim. Worked just fine for me.

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    Why would you run a rear tire, that's too wide for the rim, in the front?



    How does it handle? Have you run a 100/90-12 front to compare too?
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    I initially mounted the rear up front because I didn't have any fronts to toss on. : ) Turns out the profile is better with that larger tire on the narrow rim than a 100/90-12 on even a 1.6" rim, in my opinion. It steers a bit heavier at speed, but is also dead stable when swapping side to side at speed. I liked the handling, ran a 100/90-12 for a short period and went right back to the big boy, took a lot of the twitchyness out of the bike.

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    Hooooly cow dude !!!!!!!

    I know I haven't even run one of the set ups before . But I don't see how a tire that looks way too wide for a rim will will properly handle and give you the proper input needed to ride the thing to it's full potential .

    In the 1st pic of your bike Josh , I would think the thing would ride and feel like it has a very low or flat tire unless you put in like 40 psi ??

    And please don't hate me for say'n this next part as I'm only think'n out loud !!!

    What you describe as , ??????? "swapping side to side at speed" ?????? scares me alot !!!! And if it were me and my bike and I felt those symptoms you describe ? I would have stayed off of the thing until I could of corrected the rim to tire profile first . But hey ...., that's just me ... I would have then gone for the suspension and lastly riding stlye . I'm gonna venture to guess now with your new set up and that all of your ducks are in a row , you should now notice that very minor inputs to the bars and minor body position weight shifts are much more noticeable as the bike reacts to them much more quickly and precisely ???



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    What I meant was we had a section of track that had you going through a left-right-left chicane at a good clip. The larger tire acted as a bit of a damper, preventing head shake through that section compared to running a smaller unit.



    I haven't had an opportunity to run the new setup on a fast track yet, so I can't really compare it to the old setup. At low speed it feels great, the long swingarm makes rear slides very predictable.

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