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Good Day,

Not a whole lot of discussion on race tires...

Is anyone running the 190/60 GP-A Pro or any other race tires that are in either 190/60 or 200/60? Judging by what Ducati advertises in their [DTC settings section] of the manual, seems like the bike will be fine as long as it is in "DTC 1" setting. Just looking for first hand experience and validation from folks that actually ran 190/60 or 200/60 on the track as well as what DTC setting they used. Thank you.
 

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I have used several different bands of slicks / race tires. Are you talking about tires for the 959 specifically? If so, I'm not sure why you are looking to run a larger tire? I've not had my 959 on the track , but with my 1199 I've used the GP-A-s on the track as well as the Dunlop US and UK versions of their slicks. All very good tires, but the UK version seem to be a step above the US version as far as longevity. At my skill level I cannot out ride either version so I would usually buy the US tires due to the significant price difference. I have also ran Bridgestone slicks, and have been running the Pirelli "Super Bike" slicks for the past three years. You will always notice an increase in performance when going from a race DOT like the GP-A to a full blown slick. But you will go through them faster. As a good friend of mine always said, "it costs money to go fast"! lol!
 

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I have used several different bands of slicks / race tires. Are you talking about tires for the 959 specifically? If so, I'm not sure why you are looking to run a larger tire? I've not had my 959 on the track , but with my 1199 I've used the GP-A-s on the track as well as the Dunlop US and UK versions of their slicks. All very good tires, but the UK version seem to be a step above the US version as far as longevity. At my skill level I cannot out ride either version so I would usually buy the US tires due to the significant price difference. I have also ran Bridgestone slicks, and have been running the Pirelli "Super Bike" slicks for the past three years. You will always notice an increase in performance when going from a race DOT like the GP-A to a full blown slick. But you will go through them faster. As a good friend of mine always said, "it costs money to go fast"! lol!


Hey brother it's you again! Like I've mentioned in another thread, I'd hate to limit myself to the prescribed 180/60 Supercorsa SPs and SCs that Pirelli offers for track/race uses. I've ran Supercorsa SCs in the past and I much prefer the stiffness and feedback that Dunlop NTec slicks and GP-A's offer. But I have yet to encounter anyone that has no sh** ran the Dunlop NTec (slick or GP-A) on the 959 without the DTC going haywire (like most forum racers claim). Majority of 959 and 899 owners are simply content with paying the extra money for the Pirelli 180/60 tires without experimenting with other brands.


Just looking for feedback/confirmation from those that have first hand experience with 190/55 or 190/60 tire on their 959.


Cheers!
 

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I'm a huge fan of the Michelin power cup Evo on my zx6r that's setup for racing. I put Pirelli Sp supercorsa on my 959 when I took it to the track and they were awesome. Last year I ran the Dunlop d212gp and the Michelin is better for me. The gpa needs lots of heat and it's a very stiff tire. I know a guy who runs 190/55 power cup evos on his 899 without any problems btw. He's an instructor for STT
 

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Hey brother it's you again! Like I've mentioned in another thread, I'd hate to limit myself to the prescribed 180/60 Supercorsa SPs and SCs that Pirelli offers for track/race uses. I've ran Supercorsa SCs in the past and I much prefer the stiffness and feedback that Dunlop NTec slicks and GP-A's offer. But I have yet to encounter anyone that has no sh** ran the Dunlop NTec (slick or GP-A) on the 959 without the DTC going haywire (like most forum racers claim). Majority of 959 and 899 owners are simply content with paying the extra money for the Pirelli 180/60 tires without experimenting with other brands.


Just looking for feedback/confirmation from those that have first hand experience with 190/55 or 190/60 tire on their 959.


Cheers!
Gotcha!! Sorry if my posts came across the wrong way. I was just curious as to the advantages of running a 190 on these bikes. I have never tired moving to a 190 on any of my bikes that have had 180 so I just thought it would be interesting to see what the advantages are.
 

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Gotcha!! Sorry if my posts came across the wrong way. I was just curious as to the advantages of running a 190 on these bikes. I have never tired moving to a 190 on any of my bikes that have had 180 so I just thought it would be interesting to see what the advantages are.


I'd say the biggest reason for the switch would be accessibility and pricing, rather than difference in grip. Race take offs (great for track days) such as the Dunlop GP-A Pro or GP-A D211 (both come in 190/60) are super easy to find and dirt cheap comparing to a set of Supercorsa SP or SC; you can get a set of Dunlop GP-A Pro take offs for $160-$200 that will far outlast a set of Supercorsa SPs or SCs. And if running 190/55 on the 959 Panigale doesn't become a huge issue either, than the Dunlop Q3 will be the clear solution for your average street/track ride; affordable, durable, super grippy.
 

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I'd say the biggest reason for the switch would be accessibility and pricing, rather than difference in grip. Race take offs (great for track days) such as the Dunlop GP-A Pro or GP-A D211 (both come in 190/60) are super easy to find and dirt cheap comparing to a set of Supercorsa SP or SC; you can get a set of Dunlop GP-A Pro take offs for $160-$200 that will far outlast a set of Supercorsa SPs or SCs. And if running 190/55 on the 959 Panigale doesn't become a huge issue either, than the Dunlop Q3 will be the clear solution for your average street/track ride; affordable, durable, super grippy.
I agree! The Pirelli race DOT's are not very durable. I've had pretty good luck with the Superbike slicks, but I'm wouldn't say they could outlast the N-Tecs. (UK version especially) Plus Pirelli only just recently started to offer a harder compound in their top-line slick. Used to be only med, soft, or super soft. (SC2 SC1 SC0) As far as I'm aware Dunlop has always had their "med+" or harder compound.
 
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