Go Back   Motorcycle Forum > Motorcycle.Com General Discussion > Motorcycle General Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-11-2008, 12:53 PM   #1
Administrator
Administrator

 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: On My Bike
Posts: 1
Default Preview: Dunlop Roadsmart Tire


Original Article:
Preview: Dunlop Roadsmart Tire

Please discuss the Motorcycle.com article Preview: Dunlop Roadsmart Tire in our Motorcycle Forums below. Use the reply button to let others know your comments or feedback on the article. Constructive criticism is always appreciated, along with your thoughts and personal opinions on the bikes and products we have tested.
Administrator is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links Remove Advertisements
Motorcycle Forum
Advertisement
Old 02-11-2008, 01:04 PM   #2
acecycleins
Founding Member
 
acecycleins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: North Georgia
Posts: 4,129
Default

Link is broke
__________________
"Slack" - a state of being in which everything flows smoothly.....a frame of mind so at ease that the universe naturally cooperates.
acecycleins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2008, 06:48 PM   #3
sarnali2
Aging Cafe` Racer

 
sarnali2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Sittin' down by my window, lookin' at the rain.
Posts: 8,719
Default

The biggest problem I've had with Dunlops is wear. While the D205's were passable, the D220 which is their replacement was a ridicules 5k winter mile tire. Totally unacceptable for this area and my budget, tires in the PNW usually show virtually no wear in the winter because of cold road temps and constant rain plus our roads are mostly all asphalt instead of chip sealed. Makes them easier on tires though chains take a beating. As it happens I use D571's on the Harley which are as close to a radial you can get, if this tire came out in a similar bias design but near radial characteristics like the D571 I'd be interested in trying a set.

Dunlops are very good rain tires, they just don't last as long as Michilins or Avons if this tire proves the exception then it should do well.
__________________
"Carpe` Throttelum -Loud Suits Save Lives"

"He said he's farting because of his medication"...
sarnali2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2008, 07:35 PM   #4
seruzawa
The Toad

 
seruzawa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: 8501 ft.
Posts: 17,461
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sarnali2 View Post
The biggest problem I've had with Dunlops is wear. While the D205's were passable, the D220 which is their replacement was a ridicules 5k winter mile tire. Totally unacceptable for this area and my budget, tires in the PNW usually show virtually no wear in the winter because of cold road temps and constant rain plus our roads are mostly all asphalt instead of chip sealed. Makes them easier on tires though chains take a beating. As it happens I use D571's on the Harley which are as close to a radial you can get, if this tire came out in a similar bias design but near radial characteristics like the D571 I'd be interested in trying a set.

Dunlops are very good rain tires, they just don't last as long as Michilins or Avons if this tire proves the exception then it should do well.
I got about 9K out of D205s on my GSX1100G. About 11K on Avon ST tires. Currently I'm running Michelin Pilot Roads on the ZRX1100 and put 5K on them last year and they look pretty good still. From the wear they may do better than the Avons. They stick as well as anything, are better on the occasional dirt road, are good in the rain and don't cup like the Dunlops.

I guess the main "improvement" for the D220s is the improvement to Dunlop's bottom line. With the restrictions one has to deal with on public roads I think that super sport tires are pretty much a waste of money. I've used Pirelli Dragons and all I got for my trouble was 4.5K miles and no notable handling improvement. Maybe if I spent time on the track it's matter.

I'll stick with the higher mileage ST tires, thank you.
__________________
"Make no mistake, Communism lost a big argument - one we know today as the 20th century."
seruzawa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2008, 07:45 PM   #5
Buzglyd
Founding Member
 
Buzglyd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 10,904
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by seruzawa View Post
I got about 9K out of D205s on my GSX1100G. About 11K on Avon ST tires. Currently I'm running Michelin Pilot Roads on the ZRX1100 and put 5K on them last year and they look pretty good still. From the wear they may do better than the Avons. They stick as well as anything, are better on the occasional dirt road, are good in the rain and don't cup like the Dunlops.

I guess the main "improvement" for the D220s is the improvement to Dunlop's bottom line. With the restrictions one has to deal with on public roads I think that super sport tires are pretty much a waste of money. I've used Pirelli Dragons and all I got for my trouble was 4.5K miles and no notable handling improvement. Maybe if I spent time on the track it's matter.

I'll stick with the higher mileage ST tires, thank you.
I ran a sport front and a S/T rear on the ST4. With that combo they would both wear out at the same time. I hate having one new tire and one half-shagged.
Buzglyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2008, 06:10 AM   #6
Kenneth_Moore
Registered Member
 
Kenneth_Moore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: VIsiting the GIft Shop in the Pit of DIspair
Posts: 7,118
Default

I was pretty interested in these tires as we're about 4 months away from monsoon season, and the Trailwings on the DL1k (which are not good in the wet on pavement) will be about done by then. But, the darn 19" front wheel is the "gotcha" for me. I'm thinking the Michelin Pilots might be a good choice for a pure street tire replacement. I'm not going offroad or trail riding in spite of having a DS bike.
__________________
www.kennethmoore.org
Kenneth_Moore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2008, 07:04 AM   #7
sarnali2
Aging Cafe` Racer

 
sarnali2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Sittin' down by my window, lookin' at the rain.
Posts: 8,719
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kenneth_Moore View Post
I was pretty interested in these tires as we're about 4 months away from monsoon season, and the Trailwings on the DL1k (which are not good in the wet on pavement) will be about done by then. But, the darn 19" front wheel is the "gotcha" for me. I'm thinking the Michelin Pilots might be a good choice for a pure street tire replacement. I'm not going offroad or trail riding in spite of having a DS bike.

I've got Pilot Roads on the Bandit with close to 10k on them and still plenty of life left, I'm not sure what the improvement is with the Pilots but as a general rule you can't beat Michilins. I'll probably got to Pirelli Sport Demons on the Dyna next, there's not a lot of performance tire options in the 19/16 combination
__________________
"Carpe` Throttelum -Loud Suits Save Lives"

"He said he's farting because of his medication"...

Last edited by sarnali2 : 02-12-2008 at 07:08 AM.
sarnali2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2008, 07:55 AM   #8
Buzglyd
Founding Member
 
Buzglyd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 10,904
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sarnali2 View Post
I've got Pilot Roads on the Bandit with close to 10k on them and still plenty of life left, I'm not sure what the improvement is with the Pilots but as a general rule you can't beat Michilins. I'll probably got to Pirelli Sport Demons on the Dyna next, there's not a lot of performance tire options in the 19/16 combination
Good thing there's not a lot of performance in a Dyna either!
Buzglyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2008, 08:47 AM   #9
sarnali2
Aging Cafe` Racer

 
sarnali2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Sittin' down by my window, lookin' at the rain.
Posts: 8,719
Default Ha !

Quote:
Originally Posted by Buzglyd View Post
Good thing there's not a lot of performance in a Dyna either!

When all 60 of them nags wake up and get a move on it'll run right up to a hunnert without breakin' a sweat !!!
__________________
"Carpe` Throttelum -Loud Suits Save Lives"

"He said he's farting because of his medication"...
sarnali2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2008, 09:56 AM   #10
Kenneth_Moore
Registered Member
 
Kenneth_Moore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: VIsiting the GIft Shop in the Pit of DIspair
Posts: 7,118
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sarnali2 View Post
I've got Pilot Roads on the Bandit with close to 10k on them and still plenty of life left, I'm not sure what the improvement is with the Pilots but as a general rule you can't beat Michilins. I'll probably got to Pirelli Sport Demons on the Dyna next, there's not a lot of performance tire options in the 19/16 combination
I always ran the Avon Venom tires on my FX. Great grip wet or dry, decent milage, and they looked good too!

The Stromtroopers website has a thread with two or three pure street tires for the DL. Then there's the threads where guys are trying to put a 17" wheel on the bike for more street choices, and a 21" wheel for more dirt choices!
__________________
www.kennethmoore.org
Kenneth_Moore is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off