Dun­lop Trailsmart

£202.50

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Tyre Guide -

Th­ese are aimed at ad­ven­ture rid­ers who spend most of their time on the road but still want to know they can han­dle light trails. They took over from the Trailmax TR91 in 2015, which was one of the grip­pi­est road­bi­ased ad­ven­ture tyres of the time.

Dun­lop’s mis­sion was to broaden the range of sizes and in­crease longevity without los­ing sport­ing prow­ess. The com­pany worked hard­est on the tread pat­tern. The Trailsmart loses some grooves on the shoul­der and there is a greater fre­quency of grooves in the cen­tre. The Trailsmart com­pound is now sim­i­lar to that used in Dun­lop’s Road­s­mart II sports tour­ing tyre.

What are they like?

The launch route near Mar­bella in Spain was the ideal place to put a tyre like this to the test, pro­vid­ing a hard day’s rid­ing that com­bined sweep­ing roads, twisty bends and around 25 miles of un­made roads.

Ini­tial im­pres­sions were that Dun­lop had main­tained the old tyre’s im­pres­sive per­for­mance in the dry (there was no rain). Rid­ing a Yamaha XTZ1200 Su­per Ténéré, we found the Trails­marts to be con­fi­dent-han­dling tyres which gave a con­sis­tent feel across a va­ri­ety of lean an­gles and high lev­els of grip on the warm roads.

Dun­lop are open about the fact the Trails­marts are pre­dom­i­nantly for road rid­ers, say­ing they will be used 90% on road, with only 10% of them go­ing off the paved stuff.

Sizes: Front: 110/80R19 59V, 120/ 70R19 60V, 120/ 70ZR19 60W, 100/90-19 57H, 90/9021 54H, 90/90-21 54V Rear: 120/90-17 64S, 130/8017 65S, 130/80R17 65H, 140/80R17 69H, 150/ 70R17 69V, 170/60R17 72V, 170/60ZR17 72W, 150/ 70R18 69V Q Con­tact dun­l­op­mo­tor­cy­cle.co.uk

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