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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Question Michelin Power One Tires?

Hey, has anyone purchased Michelin Power One tires at a good price? I've been shopping around but haven't found any killer deals yet. Does anyone have a good place to buy these tires? Thanks for letting me know.
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They're DOT race tires. $350 for a set of DOTs isn't bad.

That said it's obvious that you haven't tried eBay, because there's a set for $270 shipped.

and with THAT said... why do you want or need DOT race tires? Are you running a fast intermediate or expert time at your track days?

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Race tires on the street FTL.


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What is wrong with wanting more grip on the street? That kind of tire like the Power One is softer in general which means more traction even at low temperatures where a 2CT would be rock hard.

It's just another safety feature like ABS or traction control.

OP, if you have a race track within your reach, I'd try shopping there for some DOT scrubs. Best bang for the buck IMO even tho they won't last half as long as a brand new tire. At least it's easier to avoid running a flat spot in the center.
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On the street you'll get more grip out of a sport tire than a DOT race tire. They do not heat up anywhere near as quickly as say a Q2, Pilot Power, or S20. They also are much harder to keep heat in. You really need warmers or several laps at the track to get a DOT up to temp and then you need to ride hard to keep it there. At a street pace a sport tire will be better. They DO NOT provide more grip when they're not properly hot.

It's not a safety feature when it makes you less safe.

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What is wrong with wanting more grip on the street? That kind of tire like the Power One is softer in general which means more traction even at low temperatures where a 2CT would be rock hard.

It's just another safety feature like ABS or traction control.

OP, if you have a race track within your reach, I'd try shopping there for some DOT scrubs. Best bang for the buck IMO even tho they won't last half as long as a brand new tire. At least it's easier to avoid running a flat spot in the center.
This tidbit of "advice" is going to get someone hurt on the street. DOT races aren't the best for street.

Generally, street paces are too slow to bring the heat up in the tires to allow them to grip properly, let alone hold them at said temperature.

Sorry about derailing the thread but that needed to be said


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I would get more grip out of it if I were to ride on the rim than I would with a Shinko
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This tidbit of "advice" is going to get someone hurt on the street. DOT races aren't the best for street.

Generally, street paces are too slow to bring the heat up in the tires to allow them to grip properly, let alone hold them at said temperature.

Sorry about derailing the thread but that needed to be said
Hell, your TRACK pace isn't even fast enough to keep heat in a DOT...

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If you think you need more grip on the street than what a Q2 or S20 provides you are wrong.

I have ran within 10 seconds of the local track record on Q2's.


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What is wrong with wanting more grip on the street? That kind of tire like the Power One is softer in general which means more traction even at low temperatures where a 2CT would be rock hard.

It's just another safety feature like ABS or traction control.

OP, if you have a race track within your reach, I'd try shopping there for some DOT scrubs. Best bang for the buck IMO even tho they won't last half as long as a brand new tire. At least it's easier to avoid running a flat spot in the center.
This is a ton of misinformation. Running take off DOT's on the street is fine, if you run a reasonably slow pace. They will not work better than a good street tire, and I doubt that you would have the ability to get them up to a temp they work at anyways.


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I've primarily taken my bike off the street. I'm mostly a track rider these days anyway. I'm in the intermediate group of my trackday organization but I'm not racing yet. I'd say I ride the bike 90% track and 10% street these days. I've had the power pures for a while and loved them but I'd like to try the power ones and see if I notice a difference on my track days.

Also, if any of you have run power one's before, im wondering if I should go with an A (soft) compound or B medium soft compound? Any pros/cons for which one is best?

Thank you very much for your insight. I also agree, $350 is not a terrible price, but since every single place I've looked at has them there at about that price standard, I'm wondering if theres a place that's got a killer deal for me out there. Thanks for all your help.
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