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Old 05-25-2007, 05:03 PM   #1
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Question Tire rating ?
Are you ok with W rated tires @ 168 mph limit?
What about Z rated for 149+?

What tire do you feel safe on going 175 mph?

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Old 05-25-2007, 05:05 PM   #2
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Old 05-25-2007, 05:24 PM   #3
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Are you ok with W rated tires @ 168 mph limit?
What about Z rated for 149+?

What tire do you feel safe on going 175 mph?
Z rated are 149+, not max, so I'm more than comfy at 175 on a Z rated tire. I don't think Z rated tires are necessary for most tracks (excessive straights being the caveat) but I run them anyway. I'm sure a W rated tire would work just fine on most bikes, particularly 600cc and lower class.

I upgraded to 2CT's thinking they would be great. They are - on normal roads and occasional twisties. Not that great on the track (except in rain).

Next tire I go with for the track is a Pilot Race or the new Corsas (both Z).

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Old 05-25-2007, 05:58 PM   #4
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Isn't the new corsa III W rated?

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Old 05-25-2007, 06:11 PM   #5
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Isn't the new corsa III W rated?
Nope, Z rated. The size and model numbers make it a little confusing but here's a snapshot from the P website:



120ZR front and 180-190ZR rear... not sure what the (73W) is for...

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Old 05-25-2007, 06:12 PM   #6
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Great question Buz... One I've wondered myself.

Why do the ratings read like that?

149+???? up to....???

I'll admit, the rating on the PP's that say "up to 168" don't do much for my confidence at speed... Not that I spend much time above that #, but it would be nice to know that they are safe at 175-180....

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Old 05-25-2007, 06:18 PM   #7
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just an FYI, the rated speed is the maximum speed the tire can handle for ten sustained minutes

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Old 05-25-2007, 06:22 PM   #8
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Ok...so what speed can the Z rated tire handle for 10 minutes? 149+??? Plus what? 10? 20?

The ratings make no sense to me...

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Old 05-25-2007, 06:37 PM   #9
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Ok, wait a second. You all are crazy. The Pilot Power, Power 2ct, Corsa III and Qualifier are all ZR rated. 186+ mph. You guys are fine. I haven't gone past 80mph so I was never worried.

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Old 05-25-2007, 08:33 PM   #10
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Tires are overrated.

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Old 05-25-2007, 08:36 PM   #11
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Pilot Powers are overrated.
Couldn't agree more.

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Old 05-25-2007, 08:37 PM   #12
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^^ hell with it...I agree. I think I'll just run on the rim..

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Old 05-25-2007, 08:39 PM   #13
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Ok, wait a second. You all are crazy.
We'd have to be crazy to care about tire stability over a buck sixty And nice catch Eric... I didn't even see the R behind the Z. 186+ hum? Hmm...

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Old 05-25-2007, 08:43 PM   #14
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Ok, wait a second. You all are crazy. The Pilot Power, Power 2ct, Corsa III and Qualifier are all ZR rated. 186+ mph. You guys are fine. I haven't gone past 80mph so I was never worried.

oh brother.

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Old 05-25-2007, 08:46 PM   #15
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Yes tires are overrated, but when you're flying low their very handy.

The 73W is a weight rating.

70W = 739 lbs
72W = 783 lbs
73W = 805 lbs

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