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Dunlop Road Smart III
« on: July 24, 2016, 03:45:29 PM »
Hi all,
Have seen these advertised in the AMCN magazine, as the "winner" against other brands including Pilot Road 4 GT.  Does anyone have experience or opinions re: the Dunlop tires.  I haven't checked to see whether the sizes are available for the St11.
 

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Re: Dunlop Road Smart III
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2016, 04:12:48 PM »
I ran four sets of Roadsmart 11 on my 1100 before its demise. Could not fault them in dry or wet, got between 12,000 to 16,000 from the rear, always ran them 42F/45R and were usually around $200 cheaper than Michlins. They suited my riding and budget very well.
 
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Re: Dunlop Road Smart III
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2016, 04:52:13 PM »
From Dunlop Australia

This website covers NSW-VIC-WA http://monzaimports.com.au/motorcycle/catalogues/dunlop-tyres/

This one for QLD-SA-NT http://www.ficeda.com.au/ but fairly hopeless in showing anything you're searching for.

1100 sizes available

Road test here http://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/2016/march/dunlop-roadsmart-iii/

Dunlop’s new Roadsmart III sports-touring tyre has taken a leap forward in performance and durability.

With its new rubber compounds, front and rear carcass, front profile, ‘Interconnecting Tread Grooves’ and over a million miles of outdoor and indoor simulated testing, it outshines the old Roadsmart (MCN’s former Tyre of the Year) and Roadsmart II. The new Roadsmart III offers greater wet and dry grip, better agility and loads the rider with extra confidence in all conditions. 

And we needed all the Dunlop’s new superpowers when we tested them on a BMW R1200RT at the Roadsmart III launch, held on sopping wet, cold roads near Montpellier. We rode in conditions more reminiscent of winter in the UK than the south of France, but the new tyres never faltered.



Like the main sports-touring rivals the new Dunlops now come in two versions. There’s a standard Roadsmart III, with a two-ply rear construction, for heavier machines, like big sports tourers and adventure bikes. The Roadsmart III ‘SP’ has a single-ply rear and will suit lighter bikes, like nakeds, roadsters and mid-capacity sportsbikes (dealers will carry fitment charts).

Dunlop wanted a tyre that maintains performance level throughout its lifespan and all the new technology poured into the Roadsmart III has created a tyre that lasts longer, too.

To prove this, Dunlop commissioned Germany’s Motorrad Test Centre to test the new Roadsmart III against the Bridgestone T30 Evo (single-ply version), Pirelli Angel GT, Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT and the Metzeler Z8 Roadtec (which has now been replaced with the Roadtec 01).

After carrying out an exaggerated wear-testing program on the mountain roads of southern Spain, the German testing company found the Dunlop rear gave 19% better mileage than its rivals. More impressive is the new front tyre, which went on to last a staggering 82% longer than its rivals on a Yamaha FJR1300 – a machine, like many heavy tourers, known for high front tyre wear.




Tyre companies never give actual mileage claims, as wear depends on so many variables, like how and what you ride. But whatever way you cut it, that’s a decent improvement in durability.

As well as impressing on wet roads, we carried out two comparison tests at Dunlop’s Mireval proving ground. The first was to compare the amount of effort it takes the Roadsmart II and III navigate through chicanes and hold a constant curve. Riding a Yamaha FJR1300 rigged up with 2D datalogging equipment, it’s clear to feel, then see on a computer how much easier the new tyres make it to steer a big machine. In some areas the new tyres take over 20 times less effort to keep the Yamaha on course.

We also got to compare the Dunlops against the Pirelli Angel GT and Michelin Pilot Road 4 (but not Metzeler, Continental or Bridgestone) on a Suzuki GSX-R750 on a wet-weather handling track. The Roadsmart III didn’t quite have the outright grip of the Pirellis, but offered more accurate steering. But they had better warm-up and wet grip than the Michelins - a tyre with a formidable reputation for performance in the wet.

The Dunlops also offer a very high level of excellent dry grip, feedback and confidence.



These wet testing results, the dry grip and light steering characteristics are confirmed in MCN’s 2016 sports-touring tyre comparison, where we tested all the main sports touring players in a blind test.

The new Dunlop Roadsmart III puts the company back in the hunt in the most competitive of all tyre categories. It’s a great all-round, do-anything tyre that promises to big mileage and a sporty feel.

DUNLOP ROADSMART III £220/pair est

Available sizes:

Front: 110/80 x 18, 110/80 x 19, 120/70 x 17, 120/70 x 18, 120/70 x 19, 130/70 x 17

Rear: 140/70 x 18, 150/70 x 17, 160/60 x 17, 170/60 x 17, 170/60 x 18, 180/55 x 17 (also in ‘SP’ version), 1180/60 x 17, 190/50 x 17, 190/55 x 17 (also in ‘SP’ version).


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Re: Dunlop Road Smart III
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2016, 05:08:47 PM »
Those are impressive claims- enough to make me give them a go next time I'm in the market.  I've only used PR4GT the last couple of changes, but if these save a decent amount of money and perform at least as well, then they're worthy of a try-out.
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Re: Dunlop Road Smart III
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2016, 05:18:34 PM »
Thanks for that.  Definitely worth a try.
 

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Re: Dunlop Road Smart III
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2016, 07:03:05 PM »
I fitted a set of RS11's to my ST1300, grip was good, wear was better then previous tyres. I was happy with them.
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Re: Dunlop Road Smart III
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2016, 07:16:36 PM »
Those are impressive claims- enough to make me give them a go next time I'm in the market.  I've only used PR4GT the last couple of changes, but if these save a decent amount of money and perform at least as well, then they're worthy of a try-out.

I look forward to hearing what you think of them after you have given them a go Biggles, specifically what they are like vs the PR4 :popcorn :popcorn :popcorn
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Re: Dunlop Road Smart III
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2016, 10:04:27 PM »
Those are impressive claims- enough to make me give them a go next time I'm in the market.  I've only used PR4GT the last couple of changes, but if these save a decent amount of money and perform at least as well, then they're worthy of a try-out.

I look forward to hearing what you think of them after you have given them a go Biggles, specifically what they are like vs the PR4 :popcorn :popcorn :popcorn

Don't hold your breath.  The PR4s only have 6500 kay, and I expect another 20,000 based on past performance.  Could be a couple of months at least.
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Re: Dunlop Road Smart III
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2016, 04:20:49 PM »
I'll replace my tyres in October prior to Motogp.  At present have a Michelin Commander II cruiser tyre on the rear.  Did that for guaranteed mileage on out WA trip in March.  Thing is horrible in the wet and around corners but after 13,000 km shows bugger all wear.