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Why do you want to switch to Dunlops? Are you not happy with the Michelins? Want to go after Dunlop contingency? Or just want to try something else?
you need to run the new michelin EVO that comes out this may . Fuggin awesome tire. there is no reason i should be running at the front with a top rider like Stefano mesa. no reason at all. The michelin tire is THAT good. i am lucky enough to have gotten an EVO front for 2 races at Daytona 2 weekends ago. TWO wins. as in beating everyone else. Then i used the SAME TIRE (not a new one, as we didn't have any more) and finished a very close 2nd to Stefano on his dunlops at Homestead miami speedway. His "home track". The dunlop is an AMA/DMG spec tire.. used by very talented riders that go very fast , for 20+ laps. the tire is quite different in carcass hardness to the michelin and especially to the pirelli (that is a softer carcass tire). you can't even move a dunlop tire when it's' off the rim. It's that firm. It's clearly a decent tire, and they pay some contingency, but i am of the firm belief, that a rider can go 1 second a lap faster on the michelin tire or pirelli. And i'm VERY certain michelin has the best tire in the paddock come May 2015. i got to race the REAR evo in December 2014 at our final FL region race at Homestead. I posted my outright, absolute, fastest ever lap on a 600 in my 12 years of racing there. That was on the OLD VB font .. that is very very good by the way. The new front is even BETTER. i highly suggest you at least try the new michelin before jumping off the dunlop ledge.
Not disappointed with the michelins at all in fact I think they are great tires. I think its just more of wanting to try something else just for some different perspective. The last time I rode on something other than michelins was in 2007.
Thanks for the info. I have heard about how hard the carcass is for the dunlop tires and that is one thing that worries me a bit. I know ducs like a softer carcass front tire...plus as you have said the VB is a fantastic front tire.I plan on competing in the New Jersey round in the beginning of May. Will the EVO tire be available by then???
I can't speak for Michelins as I've never used them, though I have heard good thing about them and there are some really fast guys running them. What I can say is that there are better tires out there than Dunlop. I switched from Dunlops to Pirelli and instantly dropped time, and that was going from a Dunlop Slick to a Pirelli DOT. I've been completely happy with the Pirelli tire but always like trying new stuff that comes out so may try the new Michelin a weekend when it comes out.
I mount and balance my own tires most of the times and you can really tell a HUGE difference in the tires when it comes to that. As MELK-MAN said those Dunlop tires are so freaking stiff, they are a pain in the ass to mount because of that. I know with Pirelli and it sounds like Michelin the tire bend and is a lot softer.
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