Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart II Sport-Touring Tires- Product Reviews

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Benelli 354 Sport II
Benelli 354 Sport II

Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart II – Review A sport-touring tire offers more of, well,

Sport-touring tires are a unique challenge because by design—or at in concept—they must be nearly to almost everyone. Nowhere was more evident than at the for the new Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart II, in early December in Westlake California. Press motorcycles with the replacement for the original ranged from high-revving racer-replicas to full-blown touring pushing 800 pounds.

Wait a is Dunlop suggesting that you can run the tires on, say, a Suzuki as you would on a BMW K1600GTL?

In a word,

“The original Roadsmart was to work really well in the get good mileage and handle said Dunlop Product Manager Mike Manning. the Roadsmart II, we expanded those But we also focused on linearity of at pretty moderate lean to 25 or 26 degrees—and more grip as you over farther. So, we wanted to sport-tire characteristics but keep the necessity of working well in the wet and good longevity.

“We’ve noticed a trend as long as they get adequate and they’re able to use the bike the way want to, sportbike riders are apt to put on sport-touring tires to get a little life out of their tires. It gets down to how you use the tire.”

of both the GSX-R and the K1600GTL on hand at the launch, along a selection of other late-model streetbikes. Over the course of a on a winding route that our group of writers through towns, on busy freeways and some of the best two-lane that Southern California has to I rode five different the aforementioned Gixxer, a Honda a Honda VFR1200F and two Yamahas—an and an FZ-1.

Ambient temperature prior to the of the ride was chilly; in fact, I see my own breath. The previous evening, Joe president and CEO of Goodyear Dunlop N.A. had joked, “Man, I’m my … off, and I’m from

Quick warm-up was not one of the subjects Tire Development Engineer Bell specifically addressed in his of the Roadsmart II presentation. Rather, he on more general areas of the process—profile, construction, pattern and how a change made to one area influence one or more other

“It was a challenge to develop a successor to the admitted Bell. “We had to optimize the pattern when we changed the and we had to optimize the profile when we at silica compound. For one product to carry the differences in loads is amazing.”

Bell worked closely Senior Development Rider Conicelli. “We’re constantly each other, sending said Bell. “Test feedback is very important for

Test bikes at Dunlop’s Alabama, proving grounds are with data acquisition. “We can lean angles, wheel wheel spin, acceleration, said Bell. “But at the end of the the most important information comes back to me comes the test rider.”

Conicelli his most important job is to be consistent. He every test session on a tire—a baseline. “If I weren’t he said, “we wouldn’t be able to the tires that we build.”

Benelli 354 Sport II

Response Profile technology from Dunlop’s pure tires uses a steep drop”—the height measured the tread center and the shoulder put down a surprisingly large at deep lean angles. Steel Jointless Belt is said to improve warm-up and tire growth at speed, stabilizing the contact patch.

The front Roadsmart II still Dunlop’s cosecant-curve groove but the shape, placement and number of grooves are different to promote even wear, reduce extend tire life and water dispersion. Even obvious are the changes to the rear pattern. “Not allowing the to cross the centerline of the tire stiffness,” said Bell. one of the ways we were able to mileage.”

The tires that we were made in France and not at Dunlop’s recently upgraded New plant. “Initial sales in the will be those tires” Manning. “The main front and 180/55-17 and 190/50-17 be manufactured in the U.S. next It’s the same global-spec same profile, pattern, construction. They’ll be sold Pricing will be very to Roadsmart, with just a increase.”

On the road, warm-up is quick, light-effort. When I mentioned the small-bump absorption to Conicelli, his lit up. “I’m glad you noticed he beamed. Mid-corner and high-speed (at very high speed) are top-tier, as well. Furthermore, the doesn’t want to fall corners or stand up while

Even when trail on different machines, I was able to steering into the corner exerting additional muscle. IRP

Unfortunately, our wet-weather testing have to wait for another Conicelli thinks the performance is to be a lot higher than most will expect.

“As a test there are certain times you’re actually blown he said. “The original was very good in the wet, but the II has unbelievable side grip in the

“But I’m just like other motorcycle rider: I want more. I’m looking to the future, when you can drag elbow around a wet corner and get 6000 miles out of a tire.”

Benelli 354 Sport II
Benelli 354 Sport II
Benelli 354 Sport II
Benelli 354 Sport II
Benelli 354 Sport II


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