‘THE TYRE EVERY TRACKDAY RIDER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT’
If you’ve been anywhere near a paddock in the last ten years, chances are you’ve come across James Powell, of No Limits Trackdays. This giant of a character has an equally gigantic grasp of the trackday rubber world, selling more track tyres than any other UK retailer. We caught up with him to get his take on Metzeler’s new TD Slick.
“Being quite honest, the TD Slick is the tyre we’ve been crying out for the last five years. It’s a product that was designed and built specifically for the needs of trackday riders and club racers, ticking more boxes than any other rubber we sell.
“It’s a very stable tyre with a high silica make-up, meaning it warms up super quick, keeping the compound stable and minimising wear or cold tear. It’s also comparably more affordable than most other track specific offerings and will undoubtedly last a user longer, especially so because the rear tyre can be turned to offer extended usage.
“It’s a cracking piece of kit, and we got great feedback last year from MotoGP test rider Sylvain Guintoli. He spun some laps on the tyres at Donington Park and managed to lap at high 1m 32s on the TD Slicks on his road bike, being impressed by how stable the rubber was, how strong the feedback proved and how quickly the rubber warmed up to operating temperatures without the need for tyre warmers. If you’re after a tyre to set a superpole lap on, there are other options out there, but if affordability, longevity and ease of use are top of your wishlist, the TD Slicks are just what you’re looking for.” the day. Seven sessions on track, in cold, tear -inducing conditions, is almost guaranteed to destroy whatever rubber’s on your bike, but the TDs looked ready for more abuse. They’d lived up to the hype and hammered home the worth in tyres like these for blatting around on a trackday. I wasn’t setting a lap record pace, so I didn’t need lap record setting rubber, but I wasn’t hanging around and the Metzeler’s didn’t let me down. For trackdays they’re a nobrainer and that’s probably why they’re proving popular for that sector, especially when you take longevity into account and consider just how much money you’ll save for beer tokens. Now there’s a thought.