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Im currently riding on a set of Bridgestone BT016s. Found a great deal online. Before I bought them I asked a friend whom works at the local Ducati dealership and also has a customer who is a Bridgestone engineer.
I explained I was looking at BT03s, BT016s, and RS10s.
long story short is the engineer had told him to stick with the 03s, if you want a less expensive go with the 016s but with aggressive riding be prepared to swap tires faster. He completely dismissed the RS10 as an option for an aggressive rider.

Ive got about 300 miles on the 16s and its a big change over the Pirellis, I doubt I will put these on the track and probably go back to pirellis or try the 03s at least.

But tires are like shoes, everyone has a preference.
 

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Interesting his sentiment over the RS10. I wonder why he was so dismissive? I doubt Bridgestone would invest the time and money into R&D to produce something without merit. I have heard from a number of people that they stick like glue, but are toast after just one day. Perhaps the grip to wear ratio is a bit unfavourable...
 

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Interesting his sentiment over the RS10. I wonder why he was so dismissive? I doubt Bridgestone would invest the time and money into R&D to produce something without merit. I have heard from a number of people that they stick like glue, but are toast after just one day. Perhaps the grip to wear ratio is a bit unfavourable...
That is the case for the R10, not the RS10.

However, the RS10 was designed to be a high performance street tire that's similar to the R10. It is more grippy than the -003 and -016, and probably doesn't last as long, and they come standard on some bikes from the factory, including the H2, so I'm pretty sure they work fine. The BT-003's suck IMO. I used them once, I didn't like them, I crashed on them, never tried them again.

The RS10's are ok for the track as long as you're not an advanced rider. At that level you'd want more, in which case the R10 is a better option, with tire warmers of course.
 

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So I eventually mounted the RS10s and I was extremely disappointed in the life (read: lack of life) in the rear. As Rubbish said above, it's not for advanced riders and I proved this after one track day and the rear was TOAST. Towards the end of the day, after about 3 hard laps it went to mush and the TC was working overtime. The front felt solid the entire day.

I went with the RS10s because I've had 003/016s in the past and they performed well for me on my track prepped R6. Even on the 600 the rear didn't last beyond a couple track days.

For the street I'd say they're solid tires. Even for intermediate track riders they'd be decent. I've switched to the Q3s since because my experience with Q2s (track/street) has been nothing but good. Haven't been able to push the Q3s as my season is just starting back up. Primarily street riding but I intend to hit up 2-3 track days as well.
 

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So I eventually mounted the RS10s and I was extremely disappointed in the life (read: lack of life) in the rear. As Rubbish said above, it's not for advanced riders and I proved this after one track day and the rear was TOAST. Towards the end of the day, after about 3 hard laps it went to mush and the TC was working overtime. The front felt solid the entire day.

I went with the RS10s because I've had 003/016s in the past and they performed well for me on my track prepped R6. Even on the 600 the rear didn't last beyond a couple track days.

For the street I'd say they're solid tires. Even for intermediate track riders they'd be decent. I've switched to the Q3s since because my experience with Q2s (track/street) has been nothing but good. Haven't been able to push the Q3s as my season is just starting back up. Primarily street riding but I intend to hit up 2-3 track days as well.
You going to RPM or MPH soon? I plan on making it to all Saturdays at both tracks, plus a few Sundays.
 

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Nah. Most likely it'll be in May or later. I always play it by ear because of the weather. I don't trust the forecasts as far out as you pay to get the reduced price as opposed to paying more the day of at the track. I'll gladly pay the extra $$ to know 100% I'll be riding. I won't ride if it's wet. Like the track day last year, I showed up to check it out on a Saturday and decided that night I'm doing Sunday. Beautiful day.
 

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Nah. Most likely it'll be in May or later. I always play it by ear because of the weather. I don't trust the forecasts as far out as you pay to get the reduced price as opposed to paying more the day of at the track. I'll gladly pay the extra $$ to know 100% I'll be riding. I won't ride if it's wet. Like the track day last year, I showed up to check it out on a Saturday and decided that night I'm doing Sunday. Beautiful day.
I hear ya. Thankfully I can say I've been lucky in the past. I've always pre-registered close to the deadline and in 4 years that I've been doing this, I was only SOL twice and lost a couple of days due to rain. But there has also been a couple of times when I didn't go because it looked like it would rain, and then it turned out to be nice and dry.

I'm committed this year because I want to do all 9 races on Saturdays, at least in the lightweight class. I got myself a set of spare wheels and I'll be getting rain tires on them, so I'll ride regardless. But I probably won't ride the ZX6 if it's wet.
 
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I have been using these tires for the last 600 miles street. These by far are the best street tires I have used. The compound of the tires is fairly soft. I like the softer sidewall, makes it more comfortable as well as the tire doesn't spin up on hard acceleration. I don't expect them to last more than 3K miles though. Even when cold the tires grip well and warm up quickly. They give you a lot of confidence!

I had Dunlop Q3's before I had the RS10's put on. They RS10's are a softer compound and grip better. The Q3's had a stiff sidewall and didn't like the ride as it made it bumpy.

I had Michelin Pilot Power 3's before and even when warmed up they didn't grip well. Couple times the tire slid on me while going through a corner. Never gave me confidence and couldn't wait to get them off. But, they barely looked worn after 2k miles.
 

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I've tried all the big name street/track tires (meaning their street and track models not race tires) and the Dunlop Q2/3s have been my favorite. I'm not a big fan of the softer sidewalls, especially on the Michelin. The rear RS10 lasted me 150 street miles and 64 laps around the track. They flat spot super early too (discovered this on my second rear because I still had too much life left in the front to swap front/rear at the time). We'll see what the Q3 does here soon enough.
 

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I hear ya. Thankfully I can say I've been lucky in the past. I've always pre-registered close to the deadline and in 4 years that I've been doing this, I was only SOL twice and lost a couple of days due to rain. But there has also been a couple of times when I didn't go because it looked like it would rain, and then it turned out to be nice and dry.

I'm committed this year because I want to do all 9 races on Saturdays, at least in the lightweight class. I got myself a set of spare wheels and I'll be getting rain tires on them, so I'll ride regardless. But I probably won't ride the ZX6 if it's wet.
Gotta check out the schedule and try to spectate some of the RPM races. I'll be gone almost all of April otherwise I proly would try to hit one up (if there is even one in April).
 

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I've tried all the big name street/track tires (meaning their street and track models not race tires) and the Dunlop Q2/3s have been my favorite. I'm not a big fan of the softer sidewalls, especially on the Michelin. The rear RS10 lasted me 150 street miles and 64 laps around the track. They flat spot super early too (discovered this on my second rear because I still had too much life left in the front to swap front/rear at the time). We'll see what the Q3 does here soon enough.
The R10's don't last long but they're grippy, so I imagine the RS10's are similar. Q3's will last longer for sure. That's fairly typical of most Dunlops as far as I've seen, but they're not as grippy. If i was riding on the street still, I would go for longevity rather than grip...after all, this is Nebraska, I got no corners to lean into lol....Q3 would be my choice. They're also cheaper than others.

Gotta check out the schedule and try to spectate some of the RPM races. I'll be gone almost all of April otherwise I proly would try to hit one up (if there is even one in April).
Yeah they do. Season always starts at RPM, mid-April. Next one after that is MPH first weekend in May.
 

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If i was riding on the street still, I would go for longevity rather than grip...after all, this is Nebraska, I got no corners to lean into lol....Q3 would be my choice. They're also cheaper than others.
You nailed my thinking precisely. Loess Hills is the only place I go, sadly. A bunch of slab to it, during it and home from it.
 
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