GEAR DUNLOP ROADSMART III MCN SAYS
£215* Tested for a million miles-plus for better grip in all conditions Michael Neeves, MCN Senior Road Tester The Roadsmart III offers a high level of dry grip, feedback and confidence. It puts Dunlop back in the hunt in the most competitive of all categ
Dunlop have released the new Roadsmart III with new rubber compounds, front and rear carcass, front profile, ‘Interconnecting Tread Grooves’ and more than a million miles of testing both on the road and in simulation.
Dunlop say the new tyre offers greater wet and dry grip than its predecessors, better agility, and loads the rider with extra confidence in all conditions.
The new Dunlops come in two versions - the standard Roadsmart III is a two-ply rear construction for heavier machines and the Roadsmart III SP is a single-ply rear that will suit lighter bikes.
Dunlop wanted a tyre that maintains performance throughout its lifespan, but in doing this they created a tyre that lasts longer, too. To prove this, Dunlop commissioned Germany’s independent Motorrad Test Centre to pit the new tyre against Bridgestone’s T30 Evo (single-ply version), Pirelli Angel GT, Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT and the Metzeler Z8 Roadtec.
Testing on the mountain roads of southern Spain found the Dunlop rear lasted 19% longer than its rivals and the front kept going 82% longer. The test was carried out on a Yamaha FJR1300, a bike known for rapid front tyre wear.
As well as trying the Roadsmart III on wet roads at the launch in southern France, MCN carried out comparison tests at Dunlop’s Mireval proving ground. On a datalogged FJR1300 it took over 20 times less effort to keep the FJR on track with the new tyres compared to the Roadsmart II.
We also compared the Dunlops against the Pirelli Angel GT and Michelin Pilot Road 4 on a Suzuki GSX-R750 on a wet-weather handling track. The Dunlops lacked 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 rain reputation.
Italian luggage experts Givi have developed a new range of soft luggage aimed at riders who want to throw a few trails into their motorcycling mix. But there’s no reason why it can’t be used on a wider range of bikes, as shown by this smart-looking rollbag. It has a 40-litre capacity and is made from 100% waterproof material with a rolltop closure to seal it against the elements. There’s also an air extraction valve so the contents can be compressed to reduce the overall bulk. It mounts with the supplied bungees and there’s a padded shoulder strap, carry handle and clips to attach a smaller rollbag to the top.