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