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#991282 - 07/03/17 09:40 PM Re: Another Tire Thread? Yup! Can the New Dunlop Beat Michelin? [Re: Michael B]  
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Excellent review, Terry. Lots of good data points in there.


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#991285 - 07/03/17 10:10 PM Re: Another Tire Thread? Yup! Can the New Dunlop Beat Michelin? [Re: Michael B]  
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Great report - thanks for sharing!


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#999784 - 10/27/17 10:13 PM Re: Another Tire Thread? Yup! Can the New Dunlop Beat Michelin? [Re: Living the Dream]  
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Thank you for this report. I have 10K miles on my '14RT's current PR4's and the front tire wear looks identical to Living the Dream's. I plan to purchase another set but have been considering the RSIII's due to the incentives offered recently. We'll see how it goes at the bike shop in a couple of weeks.

#1007680 - 03/19/18 05:50 PM Re: Another Tire Thread? Yup! Can the New Dunlop Beat Michelin? [Re: realshelby]  
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Originally Posted by realshelby
Well, I have enough time and miles on the Dunlop RoadSmart III to have developed an opinion and related facts. ...
Straight line stability: Going down different road surfaces can cause quite a bit of "hunting" on certain front tires. The Continentals my RT came with were the absolute worst at this I have ever seen. These started out good, maybe the equal to the Bridgestone T-30, but seem to have gotten more nervous as miles pile up.


Hi Terry, I know this is an old thread, but can you clarify this sentence about straight line stability. You sa,y "can cause quite a bit of "hunting" on certain front tires". Are you saying these RoadSmart III's have that vague feeling , or are you referring to other brands?
Moreover, are you still happy with the RoadSmarts?

#1007682 - 03/19/18 06:40 PM Re: Another Tire Thread? Yup! Can the New Dunlop Beat Michelin? [Re: Michael B]  
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Andy, the Roadsmart III is a good feeling front tire. Not nervous like some others. On par with the Bridgestone T-30 in that respect. I will probably run a set of Bridgestone T-31 next and I am hoping the new tread pattern might be even better.

#1008123 - 03/25/18 08:25 PM Re: Another Tire Thread? Yup! Can the New Dunlop Beat Michelin? [Re: Michael B]  
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I am conducting this same experiment myself. I posted a similar thread on Facebook on my Moto Mouth page explaining the wear I got from the tires I've run thus far on my Wethead - PR3, PR4, and PR4-GT. I just had the Dunlops installed 2 weeks ago so we''ll see how they hold up. I am in a unique position to judge mileage because 99% of my riding is commuting - same rider, same bike, same roads, every day. So basically, every variable except the tires is taken out of the equation, for a true comparison. I'll let you know in about 10,000 miles how things are going. The current champions for wear for me on the Wethead, far and away, are the PR3s.

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#1008129 - 03/25/18 09:14 PM Re: Another Tire Thread? Yup! Can the New Dunlop Beat Michelin? [Re: Michael B]  
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Put the Dunlop Road III's on at 98700, replaced with PR4GTs at 107000. Not impressed with the feel nor wear. I commute daily, same roads, same routes all weather.


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#1008146 - 03/26/18 12:41 AM Re: Another Tire Thread? Yup! Can the New Dunlop Beat Michelin? [Re: Living the Dream]  
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Richard, I'm just glad to see you're not still running those BFBaldrich tires on the RT. wink grin


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#1008158 - 03/26/18 10:40 AM Re: Another Tire Thread? Yup! Can the New Dunlop Beat Michelin? [Re: TEWKS]  
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Originally Posted by TEWKS
Richard, I'm just glad to see you're not still running those BFBaldrich tires on the RT. wink grin


Pat


Oi, the Dunlops were in the same condition when swapped out wink I run 'em to the threads wink


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#1020535 - 10/09/18 12:58 PM Re: Another Tire Thread? Yup! Can the New Dunlop Beat Michelin? [Re: realshelby]  
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Time for a final report on the Dunlop Roadsmart 3. 7,300 miles total on front and rear. Rear tire still had 1.5/32nds" of tread as did the front tire. So there were quite a few miles left if I were commuting on these. I cut a patch of rubber out of the center of the tread to see how much rubber was left. A solid 5/32" of rubber there so these tires are not going to show the cords by surprise, the wear indicators can be trusted. Neither tire exhibited bad wear patterns. I will say that the front tire didn't wear well enough to last two rear tires, something that other tires I have run have allowed me to do. Figure that into the equation of "value" overall.

These tires developed a vibration at high speeds about mid way into treadwear. I did balance these when installed .When removed the front tire was checked for balance and it did show out of balance. Weights were in place. Never had a tire do that for what that is worth.

These tires are noisy. In a straight line you can hear them. It is louder as you lean the bike in turns. Not sure if front or rear are worse or if both just make noise. But it is obvious on my RT. I would not keep me from buying again, but it is certainly a negative point. I would have to get a really good price to overcome it.

These tires continued to give a good ride. They are not an "A" spec or "GT" tire, not available that way. So the ride is quite a bit better than the heavier sidewall tires. I will miss that.

Even when worn they had good turn in manners. They also stayed stable in straight line higher speed running. Not nervous or hunting like some tires.

I will say these tires have been the best handling tires I have run on a street bike. When leaned over to the "no chicken strip" level the front tire gives good feedback and does not squirm. Confidence inspiring for sure. You can have the bike leaned over hard and hit the throttle in second gear long before you think you should.....and it simple pulls the bike out of the corner with no drama. Hard to get the edges to show slippage, they stick that well under power.

Had these in quite a bit of wet weather. Never had a tire slip in wet.

Short of a set of Metzeler ME880's I had on my Oilhead RT, these tires have given me more mileage than any other tire I have used on an RT. I don't usually run them to the wear bars, they come off to make ready for a trip typically. I am usually in the 6500 mile range on other rear tires. These are probably 500-1000 miles better. BUT... the front tire would not last but a few thousand more miles so that would not be a good wear report for it. I often get 12K and more out of front tires.

Bottom line-I would buy these again if they didn't develop the noise. But they do and right now a set of Bridgestone T-31 tires are on the RT. They are the A spec and yes the ride is much more firm.

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