How they performed...
Dunlop Roadsmart III £224
Sizes available: Front: 110/80 x 18, 110/80 x 19, 120/70 x 17, 120/70 x 18, 120/70 x 19, 130/70 x 17 Rear: 140/70 x 18, 150/70 x 17, 160/60 x 17, 170/60 x 17, 170/60 x 18, 180/55 x 17, 1180/60 x 17, 190/50 x 17, 190/55 x 17. Weight: 5kg front, 7.8kg rear
Dunlop say “The Roadsmart III offers precision handling and stability without compromise. The innovative new tread design and nano technology compound provide maximum grip and performance on both wet and dry roads while delivering improved mileage and grip. An entirely revised rayon ply carcass requires significantly less steering input and offers more precise handling, while maintaining trademark confidence and reliable feedback. There are two types of rear available: standard for heavier/touring bikes and SP for lightweight machines.”
TEST RESULTS Comfort 4/5
There’s a distinct sporty feel to these tyres; yes, they’re comfortable but they don’t have the plushness you’d expect from a traditional sportstouring tyre. They’re by no means harsh over bumps, but there’s definitely a stiffer feel to them.
Front- end feel/agility 5/5
This is excellent – again there’s a sporty characteristic to these tyres that gives you a sense you’ve got a set of tyres that are at the sportier end of the sports-touring spectrum and they make the steering really light and easy. At no point do you have to wait for the bike to settle before giving it the next input. Impressive.
Rear- end feel 5/5
Rear feedback is excellent; there’s a definite connection from throttle to rear tyre, and at no point did I hesitate when getting back on the gas. Very confidence inspiring.
High-speed (115mph+) straight-line stability was a little compromised, as there was a hint of nervousness from the handlebars. Apart from this, at road-legal speeds the stability was good, both on the straights and when leaned over in long-radius corners.
A tyre for riders who are on the sportier side of the sports-touring coin. They’re quick to warm up, and have a definite sporty feel – in fact they vastly outperformed the Tracer’s stock suspension and brakes so would be ideal for a much sportier bike. The high-speed stability issues may just be a particular quirk of these tyres on the Tracer so may not manifest on other models, or you may be able to tune it out by making a slight adjustment to the pressures.