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post #1 of 31 Old 08-06-2008, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Dunlop Roadsmart Tires

Hi everyone. What does everyone think about the Dunlop Roadsmart tires?

My riding style is more highway w/ the occasional twisty run. Are there any other tire choices? I am on a budget, so any affordable suggestions would be great! Something where the center strip won't wear too fast. Any good websites where I can order from helps too!

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post #2 of 31 Old 08-06-2008, 03:18 PM
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I just put them on my 919 3 weeks ago, they have been great! I'm mostly commuting with some canyon runs on the weekends. I had Pirelli Diablo's on it before, and they were awful! On sections of twisty grooved concrete they were all over the place, while the Dunlop Roadsmarts are sticking like glue. For me, the Dunlops have been warming up fast, wearing really well, and definatly increasing my confidence in the twisties. I have yet to have them slide out from under me even once. I know they are a brand new tire on the market, but I think they are definatly worth a try. My local shop had them buy one get one free, so the price was right too. Good luck

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I'll be looking again soon.

I'll have the wife translate for me tonight. I'm too lazy to look it up.


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http://www.dunlopmotorcycle.com/tire...ire.asp?id=101

So far the reviews I've read seem to be good.

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I put a Shinko 009 on the rear about a month ago. No issues whatsoever.
$100 tire. That's 'affordable' by my definition. Supposed to have exceptional treadwear life. We'll see in a couple years how well it's held up.

You could go with a Michelin Pilot Road. Good price for a Rear tire($127shipped) here:
http://www.ridenow.com/product/detail/RNMPRR.aspx

Haven't used them, but seems like a decent price.


From what I've read on tires, it seems like we all have had many more positive experiences regardless of brand, rather than negative ones.

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Negativanteil = percentage of surface covered by tread
Max. Profiltiefe = max tread depth

...for what it's worth.

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i noticed the note about the Diablo by pirelli...i have a set on my niner and i've had good luck with them as far as traction and wear, but you do make a good point about the grooved concrete...they have a tendency to wander. but, with 5k miles in the North Dakota flatlands, the back tire is just now starting to loose it's beautiful round shape and get the drag-strip flat spot in the middle. i just try to eat as many corners as i can; i paid for the whole tire, might as well wear as much of it out as i can!

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I just put a set of these on my 919 and WOW what a difference. I've had the Battleaxes on my bike for the first 10k miles (two rears) and I had no idea how crappy they handled until I put the Roadsmarts on. It is like riding a completely different bike. I got the tires on Friday and some friends and I went on a 600 mile ride on the weekend and I am so happy with these tires I still haven't stopped smiling. The bike corners so much better now, it's just amazing. I had never touched down the slider on my footpegs before this weekend and I did it several times and never really felt like I was pushing the bike very hard. With the Bridgestones I was never really comfortable. I always felt like I was pushing really hard in the twisties and felt like I was close to the limit but now the bike just feels like it's on rails. Every time I would go into a corner it just felt right, the bike just turned in and stuck. I never once was in a situation where I felt uncomfortable in a corner and I used always feel really nervous before.

I'll have to see how they end up wearing in the long term but for now I am thrilled with these tires. I lost count of how many times I told my friends that I couldn't believe how much more fun my bike was to ride. I wish I would have gone to something different after my first set of tires!

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Dude!!! Sorry for the threadjack, Cris, but it ain't often that I meet another guy with a cool first name.

Whassup, Rodney!

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Seriously, I'm still sitting here grinning thinking about my ride this weekend and how much better I like my bike now! As for the name... yeah, we Rodneys are pretty few and far between, huh?

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Whassup, Rodney!

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I'm happy to hear you're happy with them since I just ordered a set yesterday, front's out of stock so it'll be an extra five days till they ship but I'll survive.
Looking forward to getting these things mounted and trying them out.

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I have 9,800 miles on my Shinko 009s. I still have over 2 mm to the wear band. No complaints.

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I have a metzler m3 on the rear and a metzler m1 on the front and i love the m3's but the wear a little too fast and i wanted to try out these tires. my front one is in desprate need of replacing (cupped bad) and my rear one is like new, I know i shoulda just got both when i put a new rear one on but the front seemed good. i dont wanna buy a m3 for the front so my question is... would it be okay to mix treads and different rubber compounds from front to rear and purshase a roadsmart for the front??
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I've only rode one bike with mismatched tires, it was a friends K100 and it had a Michelin on the rear and a Metzler on the front, they were both the proper size tires for their respective places on the motorcycle but they didn't feel like they were working together as a team, they felt like they were both getting their jobs done but each at its own pace. Kinda felt like I was riding two distinctivly different motorcycles. Later when he installed a set of matched Michelins I rode the bike again it was a totally different world.
That was all I needed to convince me missmatched tires are not for me.

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i have the rear on my dad's 07 sticks nice and is wearing great so far

don't need to run em at 42 esp if you're solo

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I have a question for anyone who's installed the roadsmarts, I just recieved my set today and it looks like the direction of rotation arrow is pointing the wrong way on the front tire, if I mount the front tire with the arrow going the proper direction the tread will be "pointing" the opposite direction from the rear tire. Can this be right?

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Yep, its right. Install it the way it says to. After I got mine I noticed the same thing and started looking at other brands of tires, and oddly enough all of the ones I saw do the same thing. I also read a post here a while back that explained it all, but I forget what they said the reason was. But they were right, front tires look like they go on backwards, but its not.

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Wellallrightythen !! I'll mount them up the way they're supposed to go and go have fun
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i like your setup to hold the front up niceee!

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I stole the idea from someone on the old Motorush site, it works great and was cheap to make.

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Most tire treads point towards the center of the bike.

I had a set of Bridgestones shortly after I got my 04. I forget which ones... 012SS if I remember correctly. Didn't like them. My bike seems to like Power Pilots and Road ans Sport Attacks. Might have to try a set of those Dunlops.

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I was looking at them side by side and the rear RoadSmarts and the stock Michelin have almost identical tread patterns, which is good since I didn't have any complaints about the stock rear tire (except for the sliding when they get bald) the front's are totally different which is good since I've hated the front tire since day one.

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Just wondering about the mileage people are getting out of their RoadSmarts...

Who has the most miles on theirs?

Remaining Tread?

Pictures?

I've put about 1,500 on them with minimal tread wear. Will post pictures as soon as snow goes away.

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About 1500 here too and you can't tell they're not brand new except they're not shiny anymore.

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I put on a set of Roadsmarts this winter in anticipation of a long tour this summer. Initial impression is good: they offer a good initial grip and the bike turns in in a very gradual, progressive way. Lean transitions are very smooth. They seem a little noisier than other sets of new tires I've had.

...have no data on wear yet...

These were purchased on the 'net from Donelson Cycle. ..drop-shipped from their distributor to my address via standard shipping in only 2 days. It was a good transaction.

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They seem a little noisier than other sets of new tires I've had.
Thank You, Mine are noisy too and everyone was telling me I must be losing it.
VINDICATION!!!!!!

Unless you're losing it too?

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you're losing it too?

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which is most likly the case here

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I have the Pirelli Diablos as well. Picked up a nail and could not wait for another set of Metzeler Roadtec Z6's to come in. I've got 8k on the diablo's and they a cupping pretty good now. I don't have the confidence with this set as I did with the Z6's, which I thought were the bomb. I will get the Roadsmarts next to see how I like em.

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buddy's got'em on his vfr. they have well over 10k miles on them and still look like they have enough tread to do about that much more. he rides it daily as a commuter as well.

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just put pilot power 2ct's on my 9er, only about 50 miles, but so far, I LOVE EM





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