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Motorcycle Trackday Tyre Pressures

The right tyre pressure will help your bike handle better, optimise tyre wear and most important of all, keep you safe.

Motorcycle tyre pressures are important at any time but when you’re riding on track it’s vital you check them and set them correctly.

The right tyre pressure will help your bike handle better, optimise tyre wear and most important of all, keep you safe.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a racer on slicks or a novice on a road bike; checking your pressures and knowing what to run are vital.

The trouble is, tyre pressures can be a bit of a minefield at the best of times. Just searching for ‘motorcycle trackday tyre pressures’ brings up over 153,000 results in Google! A lot of those results are in forum threads that start off with someone asking for the best tyre pressure for track riding and they result twenty different answers (and often a huge slanging match).

So let’s start with the basics.

Should you check your pressures when the tyre’s cold or hot?

This depends on your setup. If you’re riding to a trackday and you don’t have tyre warmers, it makes sense to check your pressures when the tyres are cold. Get to the track, get yourself signed on and setup and then take a reading. It’s best to use the bike manufacturer’s recommended settings. Take a few laps to build some heat into your tyres and at the end of your session, take your tyre pressures again. Make a note of your pressures and if they’re more than 5 psi more than when the tyres were cold, adjust them down.

If you’re running tyre warmers, it’s sensible to check your tyre pressures once your tyres are up to temperature. Top tip: overinflate your tyres before you turn your warmers on and then drop the pressures down accordingly. Otherwise if your pressures are too low and you have to add in cold air, this will affect the end temperature more than if you had to drop air out.

Some tyre manufacturers suggest a specific temperature you should heat your tyres to but not all tyre warmers have a temperature control, in which case just heat them up normally.

When you come in after your session, it makes sense to put your warmers back on as soon as you can. Some riders like to keep the warmers running but I prefer to just cover up the tyres and plug the warmers in 30-or-so minutes before I’m due to go out as I some tyres can become greasy when left on the warmers for too long.

Should you set pressures for the bike or the tyre?

There will be a sticker on your motorcycle that shows the manufacturer’s recommended pressures. The first thing to mention here is that this label shows road pressures, not trackday pressures. Secondly, these pressures are what the manufacturer recommends for the bike with the the OEM tyres. Thirdly, these are one-size fits-all figures and it’s safe to say a few psi either way, depending on your preference is perfectly acceptable. After all, an 18-stone rider, on a bike fully loaded with luggage will work a tyre differently to a 10-stone commuter on the same bike.

This isn’t to say these pressures will be inaccurate when you switch tyre brands or change to a different tyre model (which most riders do as because most OEM tyres aren’t that good). This guide is useful, especially for road riders. If you’re at a petrol station air machine, your bike’s not feeling right and you need a bit of air in your tyres, no matter what tyres you’re running, the sticker on your bike (or the page in your owner’s manual) is a good reference.

On track the manufacturer’s suggested pressures are less accurate but still a good starting point for you, especially if you’re running road-focused tyres and you’re not running tyre warmers either.

Once you start to run tyres that are focused on track riding or you run tyre warmers, you need to find the recommended pressures from the tyre’s manufacturer and not the bike’s manufacturer.

Factors that affect your tyre pressures

We think there are three important factors that affect your tyre pressures and you need to consider these when on track.

Ambient temperature – This refers to the temperature of the air but also the temperature of the track. If it’s cold outside and you set your pressures when the tyres are cold, by the time the tyre warms up to a certain temperature, the pressures in your tyre will be higher than if you had set your pressures from cold on a hot day. That is to say, as per Charles Law, if the volume of air in your tyre remains constant, then the pressure is directly proportional to the temperature. The lower the temperature, the lower the pressure inside the tyre, so you’ll need more air on a cold day and that air, when hot, will inflate the tyre more.

Secondly on a cold day, the track surface will be cold and won’t offer the same amount of grip as a hot surface and therefore the tyres won’t be generating as much heat by themselves as they would on a hot day. It’s a similar picture if it’s raining; your tyre will be generating heat but the water will be taking that heat away, meaning it’s hard to keep your trackday tyres in the right temperature window.

Total weight – Your tyres are pushed onto the tarmac by the weight of the bike and rider. The torque from your engine generates friction between the tyre and the tarmac and it’s this friction that generates grip – and heat! The heavier the load, the more friction that’s generated and the more heat there will be in the tyre. There’s also another factor and that’s how hard a bike works the tyre (different engine layouts and power outputs affect things somewhat) but a more influential factor is how a rider works a tyre. Some riders are silky smooth and others less so and this affects how hard a tyre is worked and how much heat it generates.

The tyre’s construction – This is also known as a tyre’s optimum temperature operating window. Road tyres are typically designed to work in less than optimum conditions; they have a wide operating window. They are also usually developed with compounds that work better in very cold conditions but not so well when it’s very hot.

This is is why on those occasional gloriously sunny days when you and your bike are working together as one, you might feel your tyres go a bit ‘greasy’ and that’s because you’re starting to work the tyre outside of its optimum temperature operating window. If you ride with touring tyres on track, you’ll experience this within a few laps.

Track specific tyres, from road-legal trackday tyres, right up to full-on slicks use different compounds to a road tyre and they’re designed for optimum grip and lap times but ONLY if you’re running them at the manufacturer’s recommended tyre pressures. Not only do they use different compounds but they also use different construction to road tyres, often firmer and a different profile. All of which are designed to be exploited in optimum conditions.

Motorcycle Trackday Tyre Pressures Chart

Listed below are all the manufacturer’s recommended tyres pressures for circuit riding. All pressures are in PSI, all temperatures are in degrees Celsius and all time is in minutes. F stands for Front tyre and R stands for Rear tyre. Where a manufacturer hasn’t listed a tyre warmer temperature and duration, it’s recommended you run your tyres in warmers for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Avon Motorcycle Trackday Tyre Pressures

AVON 3D ULTRA XTREME SLICK
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1732 -36
180/60/1726 – 29
190/55/1726 – 29

 

AVON 3D ULTRA XTREME
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1730 – 3432 – 36
160/60/1725 – 2827 – 30
180/60/1725 – 2827 – 30
180/55/1724 – 2726 – 29
190/55/1724 – 2726 – 29

 

AVON RAIN RACER
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1730 – 36
160/60/1728 – 31
180/60/1728 – 31
180/55/1728 – 31
190/55/1728 – 31
Bridgestone Motorcycle Trackday Tyre Pressures

Bridgestone’s pressure recommendations depend on the track surface temperature and also your own feeling on how the bike is performing. Wet tyre track pressures need to be adapted depending on the amount of water on the track. Add around 0.5 psi if there is standing water on the track and remove 0.5 psi if the water is evaporating. Hot tyre pressures need to be taken as soon as you arrive in the pits after a session. For road tyres, the optimum operating temperature is lower and therefore when hot these tyres will degrade faster. When these tyres are used on the road, consult your motorcycle manufacturer’s manual for their recommended pressures.

BRIDGESTONE V02
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
90/580 R1729
120/600 R1729
200/655 R1723

 

BRIDGESTONE W01
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
90/580 R1727.5 – 30.5
120/595 R1729 – 30.5
110/590 R1727.5 – 32
140/620 R1729 – 32
120/600 R1730.5 – 33.5
165/630 R1729 – 33.5R02Z
190/650 R1729 – 33.5

 

BRIDGESTONE E08Z
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
180/640 R1729 – 33.5

 

BRIDGESTONE R11
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
110/70/1730.5
140/70/1729
150/60/1729
120/70/1732.5
160/60/1729
180/55/1726
190/55/1725
200/55/1724

 

BRIDGESTONE RS11
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1730.5
190/55/1726.5
200/55/1724.5

 

BRIDGESTONE CR11
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
110/80/1830.5 – 3336
150/65/1826 – 30.534.5

 

BRIDGESTONE S22
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1733.5
180/55/1726
180/60/1726
190/50/1726
190/55/1726
200/55/1724.5
Continental Motorcycle Trackday Tyre Pressures

CONTINENTAL CONTITRACK SLICK
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1729 – 30.530.5 – 3280-90 °C for 45 -50 mins
180/60/17212680-90 °C for 45 -50 mins
200/55/17212680-90 °C for 45 -50 mins

 

CONTINENTAL RACE ATTACK RAIN
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1733
180/55/1733
190/55/1733

 

CONTINENTAL RACE ATTACK 2
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1730.532 – 3380-90 °C for 45 -50 mins
160/60/17232680-90 °C for 45 -50 mins
180/60/17222680-90 °C for 45 -50 mins
190/55/1720.52680-90 °C for 45 -50 mins

 

CONTINENTAL RACE ATTACK 2 STREET
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1780-90 °C for 45 -50 mins
180/55/1780-90 °C for 45 -50 mins
190/50/1780-90 °C for 45 -50 mins
190/55/1780-90 °C for 45 -50 mins
200/55/1780-90 °C for 45 -50 mins

 

CONTINENTAL CONTISPORT ATTACK 4
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1780-90 °C for 45 -50 mins
120/60/1780-90 °C for 45 -50 mins
160/60/1780-90 °C for 45 -50 mins
180/55/1780-90 °C for 45 -50 mins
190/50/1780-90 °C for 45 -50 mins
190/55/1780-90 °C for 45 -50 mins
200/55/1780-90 °C for 45 -50 mins

 

CONTINENTAL ROAD ATTACK 2 CR AND 3 CR
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
100/90/1833
110/80/1833
130/80/1833
150/65/1829
Dunlop Motorcycle Trackday Tyre Pressures

DUNLOP KR106 AND KR108 SLICKS
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1780 °C for 60 mins
195/65/1780 °C for 60 mins
200/70/1780 °C for 60 mins
205/60/1780 °C for 60 mins

 

DUNLOP GP RACER D213 GP PRO
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
110/70/173580 °C for 60 mins
120/70/17380 °C for 60 mins
140/70/1712080 °C for 60 mins
180/60/17142080 °C for 60 mins
200/60/1712080 °C for 60 mins

 

DUNLOP GP RACER D212 SLICK
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1730.535-3680 °C for 60 mins
190/55/1714.5 – 1620.5 – 2380 °C for 60 mins
200/55/1714.5 – 1620.5 – 2380 °C for 60 mins

 

DUNLOP GP RACER D212 TREADED
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1730.535-3680 °C for 60 mins
180/55/1714.5 – 1620.5 – 2380 °C for 60 mins
190/55/1714.5 – 1620.5 – 2380 °C for 60 mins
200/55/1714.5 – 1620.5 – 2380 °C for 60 mins

 

Metzeler Motorcycle Trackday Tyre Pressures

METZELER RACETEC RR SLICK
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1730.5 – 3232 – 3680 °C for 50 mins
180/60/1723 – 2625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins
200/60/1723 – 2625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins

 

METZELER RACETEC TD SLICK
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1730.5 – 3232 – 3680 °C for 50 mins
180/55/1723 – 2625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins
190/55/1723 – 2625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins
200/55/1723 – 2625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins

 

METZELER RACETEC RR INTERMEDIATE
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1730.5 – 3232 – 3680 °C for 50 mins
190/60/1723 – 2625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins

 

METZELER RACETEC RAIN
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/17293350 °C for 30 mins
190/60/1727.52950 °C for 30 mins

 

METZELER RACETEC RR K1 & K2
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1729 – 3230.5 – 3580 °C for 50 mins
160/60/1723- 3625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins
180/55/1723- 3625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins
180/60/1723- 3625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins
200/55/1723- 3625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins

 

METZELER RACETEC K3 INTERACT
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1780 °C for 50 mins
190/55/1780 °C for 50 mins

 

 

METZELER SPORTEC M9RR
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
110/80/1929 – 3230.5 – 3580 °C for 50 mins
110/70/1723- 3625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins
120/70/1923- 3625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins
120/70/1723- 3625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins
150/60/1729 – 3230.5 – 3580 °C for 50 mins
160/60/1723- 3625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins
170/55/1723- 3625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins
180/55/1723- 3625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins
180/60/1729 – 3230.5 – 3580 °C for 50 mins
190/50/1723- 3625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins
190/55/1723- 3625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins
200/55/1723- 3625 – 27.580 °C for 50 mins
Michelin Motorcycle Trackday Tyre Pressures

 

MICHELIN POWER SLICK 2
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1730.53580 °C for 45 mins
190/55/1722 – 27.522 – 2580 °C for 45 mins
200/55/1722 – 27.522 – 2580 °C for 45 mins

 

MICHELIN POWER RAIN
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
12/60/1733
19/69/1726 – 33

 

MICHELIN POWER CUP 2
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1730.53580 °C for 45 mins
180/55/1722 – 27.522 – 2580 °C for 45 mins
190/55/1722 – 27.522 – 2580 °C for 45 mins
200/55/1722 – 27.522 – 2580 °C for 45 mins

 

MICHELIN POWER GP
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1780 °C for 45 mins
180/55/1780 °C for 45 mins
190/55/1780 °C for 45 mins
190/50/1780 °C for 45 mins
200/55/1780 °C for 45 mins

 

MICHELIN POWER 5
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1780 °C for 45 mins
160/60/172280 °C for 45 mins
180/55/17222280 °C for 45 mins
190/50/17222280 °C for 45 mins
190/55/1722 – 27.522 – 2580 °C for 45 mins
200/55/1722 – 27.522 – 2580 °C for 45 mins
Pirelli Motorcycle Trackday Tyre Pressures

PIRELLI DIABLO SUPERBIKE SLICK
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1730.5 – 3232 – 3670-80 °C for 40 -50 mins
160/60/1723 – 2625 – 27.570-80 °C for 40 -50 mins
180/60/1723 – 2625 – 27.570-80 °C for 40 -50 mins
190/55/1723 – 2625 – 27.570-80 °C for 40 -50 mins
200/60/1723 – 2625 – 27.570-80 °C for 40 -50 mins

 

PIRELLI DIABLO RAIN
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/17293340-50 °C for 20 -30 mins
160/60/1727.52940-50 °C for 20 -30 mins
190/60/1727.52940-50 °C for 20 -30 mins

 

PIRELLI DIABLO SUPERCORSA V3 SC (OK FOR V3 SP and V2)
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
110/70/1729 – 3230 – 3570-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
120/70/1729 – 3230 – 3570-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
140/70/1723 – 2625 – 2870-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
150/70/1723 – 2625 – 2870-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
160/60/1723 – 2625 – 2870-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
180/60/1723 – 2625 – 2870-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
190/55/1723 – 2625 – 2870-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
200/55/1723 – 2625 – 2870-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
200/60/1723 – 2625 – 2870-80 °C for 45 -50 mins

 

PIRELLI DIABLO ROSSO CORSA 2
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1729 – 3230 – 3570-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
180/55/1723 – 2625 – 2870-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
180/60/1723 – 2625 – 2870-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
190/50/1723 – 2625 – 2870-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
190/55/1723 – 2625 – 2870-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
200/55/1723 – 2625 – 2870-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
200/60/1723 – 2625 – 2870-80 °C for 45 -50 mins

 

PIRELLI ROSSO 4
Tyre SizeCold PressureHot Pressure Warmers Temp / Time
120/70/1729 – 3230 – 3570-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
160/60/1729 – 3230 – 3570-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
180/55/1723 – 2625 – 2870-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
190/55/1723 – 2625 – 2870-80 °C for 45 -50 mins
200/55/1723 – 2625 – 2870-80 °C for 45 -50 mins

 


 

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