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February 22, 2004, 09:27 AM

To paraphrase several sportbike magazines, and Nick from Champion Powersports in particular (just so happens I chatted with Nick on Sat):

Race tires shouldn't be used on the street.

Race tires:
- lack stabilizers that prevent vulcanization from time & heat cycling, so you end up with a very hard tire from the passage of time and at maximum a few dozen heat cycles
- only get grippy when warm, are useless when cold, and take a fair amount of time to warm up

As Norman (flipnr6) said, ride thru the slide if possible. Steer into the slide and maintain or gently reduce your throttle position. Cutting the throttle quickly will highside you. Increasing throttle will lowside you. This all assumes you've got time to react. It's just like riding in the dirt. If you haven't had dirt time, try MSF dirtbike school http://www.dirtbikeschool.com. (Although it doesn't look like any are nearby).

I'm glad your ok, but keep the race tires at the track.

-- Chris
BMW R1100s
(previous rides: '82 KTM250, '95 CBR600F3, '98 Buell S3T, 2000 Hayabusa, 2008 R1200R)

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