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So after you guys recommended BT016's i went to my local garage to get a price and they said i would be better off spending £120 on a set of pre-run qualifiers.

They have many different sets and they say they have only done a few laps, plus if im not happy they will give me a refund.

Will track tyres be any good for the road?
 

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Many people use take-offs (pre-run) on the streets with good results and no ill effect.

Personally, I pony up the cash and get good new tires.
 

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BT016's aren't really "race' tires, so I wouldn't be overly concerned about heat cycles. How much do they charge for new ones? If the take off's are 1/3 of the price or less, grab 'em.
 

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I only use ex-race tires. Love it and it works out allot cheaper than buying new tires once a year. I am fortunate that two of my friends race in our national series here in South Africa, so i get the tires for free and i am stocked up.
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...my local garage to get a price and they said i would be better off spending £120 on a set of pre-run qualifiers....they say they have only done a few laps, plus if im not happy they will give me a refund...Will track tyres be any good for the road?
By "qualifiers" if you mean Dunlop Qualifiers, that's a street sport tire, not a track tire.

However the Qualifier is a good tire, and 120 pounds ($177 USD) is a great price for a set (even if mildly used).

However if by "qualifiers" you mean a DOT race tire or slick, they're best not used on the street. True you can get by with limited street usage under certain conditions, but race tires aren't really optimal for street use, for various reasons.
 

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race tires are not that awsome for the street...part of why they stick so well is because they are run at a constant high temp....on the street you might not always be riding to that point but when you do go in for a good lean the traction wont be there as much as the street tire would.....but if they are cheap enough and in decent shape its not the worst decision you could make
 

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race tires are not that awsome for the street...part of why they stick so well is because they are run at a constant high temp....on the street you might not always be riding to that point but when you do go in for a good lean the traction wont be there as much as the street tire would.....but if they are cheap enough and in decent shape its not the worst decision you could make
ive read that before, thats why i thought id better ask.

truth is i dont really bank the bike over untill ive got into a ride and ive never gone over the edge of traction under cornering speed alone, but its something im working on :)

So i think ill try a set of take-offs (as you guys call them). CHEERS
 

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...i dont really bank the bike over untill ive got into a ride and ive never gone over the edge of traction under cornering speed...So i think ill try a set of take-offs (as you guys call them). CHEERS
It's important you determine whether the take-offs are DOT race tires or street tires.

DOT race tires (A U.S. term - don't know what the U.K. term is) are racing tires with "ornamental" rain grooves, just sufficient to be street legal.

DOT race tires are very poor on wet roads. You're in the U.K. where it rains a lot.

If the take-offs are DOT race tires, don't plan on riding much in the wet.

But if the take-offs are minimally-worn street sport tires, they'll do fine in the wet.
 

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Joema - thats a good point and i understand what you mean, basically.

I think they are DOT race tyres because they look different to the smooth street tyres.

If or when it rains i take the car, but the last thing i need is to get caught in a shower and highside my new bike.

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