Triumph Daytona 600 v 675 Tire Test





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Published on Oct 9, 2009

Triumph motorcycles on the Dragon US129. Comparison of Pirelli Diablo, Dunlop, Bridgestone. Video by an $80 GE A835 8-megapixel digital camera on a $20 monopod (that amplifies sound on the pavement).

TDOT Safety Audit Review bans business on US129 at Deals Gap Dragon: "The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) has decided to take action in eliminating commercial activity along state right-of-way in the project area. This enforcement is intended to disallow persons from taking photographs of vehicles and motorcyclists with the intent of selling the photographs at a later date. The THP contends this activity is a hazard o public safety. It is recommended that signs be placed at the entrance of each end of the route advising this policy." -Tennessee Department of Transportation, , ROAD SAFETY AUDIT REVIEW, STATE ROUTE 115 (U.S. 129), BLOUNT COUNTY, 25 July 2007

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"Tires with a sharp triangular profile tend to steer more quickly than do those with a rounder profile."
-Sportbike Performance Handbook

"Triumph Daytona 600 with Pirelli Diablo Corsa tyres: The bike Paul Young championed on the track for its front end, the Triumph, is the one to find fault with on the road. At slow speed, mini-roundabouts or turning right from a standstill, the Triumph falls a little too quickly into the turn. Sometimes you almost have to counter-countersteer to stop yourself turning too tight as the weight of the front wheel pulls the bars round and creates too much lean angle. OK, it really isn't a major fault but a nervous rider on a brand spanking new bike wont enjoy it and its certainly something you don't find on the bikes with 60 or 65 section tires."
-Superbike, May 2004

2004 Triumph Daytona 600 Road Test: "We did notice the Daytona's tendency to fall into the corner once past the halfway point in its lean angle, though we would attribute that trait to the tires. Our test unit came equipped with standard Pirelli Diablos, while the OEM fitment is a special "T" model of the Diablo. We weren't able to get the Diablo T tires in time for the test, so we can't positively blame the handling idiosyncrasy on the bike's rubber, but when we slapped on a set of Michelin Pilot Race H2 street/track radials for racetrack testing, the fall-in tendency disappeared."

"I had to ride my Ducati 5mph below the yellow warning signs. It was the most jarring motorcycle experience I've had in 40 years. I thought I had a brain tumor. It's like forgetting how to walk. It's like somebody turning off the circuit telling you right from left. When I went back on the KLR proved the Ducati was an anomaly. It's like gravity no longer applies. It's the freakiest thing to happen to me in 40 years of riding motorcycles. Like the twilight zone. You have no clue what's gonna happen next."
-Dave Despain from Speed TV (on Pirelli Diablo Corsa tires), SidestandUp.com Radio, Epp 132 Oct 2009

Question: "Everyone says that riding for Ducati is completely different to riding for any other team. Is that right?"
Nicky Hayden: "I've only ever ridden Hondas in GPs so it's not like I could tell you from having ridden them all. Sure, it feels a lot different to the Honda, in how you go about the set-up, but also the tyres are so different. It's hard for me to know what's the tyres and what's the motorbike. This morning was quite frustrating because I really felt like I could make some progress this afternoon and be competitive."

"With most of the field running Ducati motorcycles, the championship received the derogatory title 'the Ducati Cup'. The most significant was that from 2004 the teams have had to run on Pirelli control or 'spec' tyres. The decision to award the control tyre to Pirelli was controversial. The Pirelli tyres were considered to be below the standard of Dunlop and Michelin that most of the teams had been using. Dunlop looked to take legal action against the decision."

Banned from factory Triumph Daytona 600 forum for dissin Pirelli tyres

Tire and bike setup for the Dragon

636 curves, sometimes 36 cops and usually no ambulances in every 22-mile lap, with 5 deaths so far in 2009

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