Originally Posted by 999er
Why a 180? That tire can definitely go over more than that...
Also looks like perhaps a little too much drive out of the turns...are those some small cold tears?
Ok, a little history behind it.
At the time that was taken, the bike was relatively new and I hadn't spent much time on it - 1200 miles or so, then put it away for the winter. It was, I think, my second ride of the second season of ownership. Weather wasn't all that warm, threatening rain, and I'm not a fast rider to begin with. Track day, no tire warmers or even suspension set up for that matter - check the tire pressure, let 'er rip.
So... could very well be cold tears and yes, my corner speed wasn't anywhere near what it could have been so the drive coming out was probably harder than if I had cornered faster to begin with. Only got one or two sessions in before the rain hit so I loaded up and went home.
Took the bike down to the Deal's Gap area after that and ended up scrubbing the tires further over on that trip than I had at the track day...
Not long after that I picked up a screw in the tire and I replaced it with a 180, based on recommendations from a buddy with a 916 (my bike is a 996). Haven't seen any reason to change back to a 190 so 180 it is.
After seeing this photo one guy commented the rebound damping may be off, but to be honest my main interest has turned towards vintage bikes so the 996 doesn't see much use anymore. I'm thinking I may look at setting it up a bit better over the winter, but there are other projects in the shop too, so we'll see.