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

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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.

Www.givi.co.uk www.danecloth­ing.co.uk Gore-tex Pro makes it to sporty kit www.skid­marx.co.uk Clip-on han­dles and a cun­ning valve to help squash it down Get more wind pro­tec­tion on your ZX-10R

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