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Dunlop Sportmax Q3 Rear Tires

The Dunlop Sportmax Q3 is the next-generation sport bike tire and successor to Dunlop's popular Q2 tire, featuring Dunlop’s new Carbon Fiber Technology (CFT) which incorporates carbon fiber reinforcements into the sidewall. The Dunlop Q3 Sportmax also features an updated tread pattern with longer grooves to better evacuate water which helps wet weather performance and Dunlop's Intuitive Response Profile (IRP) for phenomenal handling and steering grip and feel. IRP provides a larger, more consistent contact patch as you lean into corners, as well as linear steering and handling at various lean angles. IRP tires also offer phenomenal steering and handling characteristics thanks to a taller profile along with sides that taper in more aggressively. 

The new Sportmax Q3 represents yet another direct benefit yielded from Dunlop’s AMA Pro Road Racing involvement. As the control tire supplier for AMA Pro Road Racing, Dunlop invested in new tire-producing machinery necessary to accommodate race tire production at Dunlop’s Buffalo, NY, manufacturing facility. These same high-tech machines are used to produce the all-new Q3 rear tire.

Features:

  • Dunlop’s Carbon Fiber Technology (CFT) uses carbon fiber reinforcement in the tire sidewalls for exceptional cornering performance and feel
  • Aggressive new Dunlop Q3 tread pattern uses fewer grooves that are longer in length to enhance wet-weather performance
  • Intuitive Response Profile™ (IRP) technology in the rear tire allows greater latitude in line choice while cornering, plus amazingly linear steering
  • MT Multi-Tread™ technology in the rear tire uses a tough, long-wearing compound in the center of the tread for excellent traction and longer tread life, plus special lateral grip compounds for outstanding grip
  • Dunlop tires with MT technology incorporate a tough, cool-running long-wearing compound in the center of the tread to provide enhanced straight-line stability and excellent traction under acceleration, plus long tread life
  • New Q3 tire compounds were derived from road-race compounds to yield maximum sportbike performance
  • The Dunlop Sportmax Q3 offers superb grip, stability, steering feel and longevity on the street and on the track
  • Designed, tested and manufactured in America, the Dunlop Q3 sets new standards for high-performance sport tires
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Dunlop Q3 Sportmax Rear Tires 4.8 5 77 77
may be a good street tire fast warm up, good grip but do not last long on track. the tread on the sides is less than the center, does not make for a good track tire design. July 26, 2014
Awesome Value I have had a few bikes over the years but usually hadn't owned them long enough to need to purchase new tires for them. So when it came to researching new tires for my newly acquired 2003 Ducati Monster 800ies I did not know where to start. Well some how i ended up with these, mostly due to the very attractive low price (and a $40 mail in rebate) and the great reviews. Well I have now put on 1500+ miles on tires and i am thoroughly impressed. The tires make the Monster feel extremely confident on the road. Winding through the twisties in the Black Hills was a sheer joy with these tires. I even got caught in a few large down pores through the hills and on the interstate and never felt like I was losing any grip. I do not know how long these will last, as I mostly commute on my bike. Overall highly recommend. July 21, 2014
Excellent! Excellent tire. Great price w/ the mail-in rebate. Good grip! Highly recommended. July 15, 2014
Excellent Grip and Handling I ride a 2013 ZX6R. I liked the stock Bridgestone S20's, but for me the Q3's provide better feedback, grip, and overall handling. The carbon fiber reinforced sidewall provides a very stable, planted feeling through every corner. My tires feel more connected to the road. Tire life is so dependent on your riding style, but after 1,500 miles of mostly twisty back roads and a few highway miles, it appears I will get at least 3,000 miles or better from the rear tire and double that for the front. Not bad for the level of grip that this tire provides. I am very happy with this product and have just ordered another set. July 14, 2014
best tires ever I've tried them all and hands down the Q3's are the best and the price is right. If you haven't tried them now it's time. July 7, 2014
Best bang for your buck! Got this tire for my ducati monster 696 and loved it, Kind of a mix between track day and sports tire. Not a grippe as a track day tire, but gets the job done in city driving or mountain roads and highway. they also dampen the road specially on a ducati. would recommend to anyone wanting to get a good set of tires with out breaking the bank. June 30, 2014
This product is great! Great tires-- definitely better than q2-- I've used pretty much every tire on the market. I have to say this is my favorite. However.. tire life isn't so great imo. June 23, 2014
sticky tire Been on and off the track with these. Very sticky when leaned over. I did have a "cold" tire slip, but is was 45 degrees outside and I just started riding. I mean less than 2 miles. Otherwise, they warm up fast and give good feel. June 17, 2014
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Dunlop Q3 Sportmax Rear Tires
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Arkadiusz G: Best bang for the buck with mail-in rebate and best sticky tire for my bike Jul 23, 2014
Andrew R: I spent a good amount of time researching tires to get for my R6 and the Q3 had the most reviews of people saying they love this tire. I'm new to sport bikes so if that many people like it I think it's exactly what I'm looking for. I live in Michigan so twisty roads aren't as common as some other states so the dual compound tire I hope will wear more even over the it's life span. Jul 16, 2014
Tyler E: Not as sticky as the OEM Pirelli SC2s on my 1199; but MUCH cheaper and sticky enough for me, with far better wear and performance in damp/wet conditions. Jun 27, 2014
Jeremy H: This is the tire that came with the bike. Jun 16, 2014
ANTHONY M: Great reviews Jun 14, 2014
David K: I've ridden the Q2's. Going to try the Q3's. Jun 13, 2014
Lucas F: tread life ratings Jun 4, 2014
Andrew A: Recommended by a friend that loves them. May 29, 2014
robert r: Best tires ever sticky AF!!! May 29, 2014
Nathan P: Read about it in Monster 1200 review in Motorcyclist magazine. May 26, 2014
hector m: a friend at work recommended the tires.he is a rider fanatic May 23, 2014
Susannah T: stickiness/rubber compound May 22, 2014
Adam S: Coming from 2cts. I never thought I would like tires better than those. I was proven wrong. I chew em up but damn are they sticky. May 19, 2014
felipe b: I've been riding on Q2s for the past couple of years and they have very good handling capabilities. I am guessing that the next generation is equally is good or better. Down side with the Q2s is that they do wear down rather quickly in comparison to harder tires. I'd rather spend a bit more than take a fall. May 2, 2014
Alejandro S: I heard it's the best bang for your buck! Can't wait.. May 2, 2014
Ronald L: good reviews. Apr 29, 2014
Kenneth H: Price & Reviews Apr 29, 2014
Nathan W: Next generation from Q2's. Definatly great upgrade for my Ducati, superb grip. Apr 24, 2014
tristan v: $40 Rebate, overall saved $100 for set. Apr 24, 2014
D E: Great Sports Bike tires!!! Apr 18, 2014
Ryan E: Starting to get into track days, and still want a tire that will handle amazingly on the streets. Apr 9, 2014
deborah l: These are the best bang for the buck right now. I was previously using rosso corsa's but you can have the q3 set for the price of one corsa rear. Revzilla continues to impress me and earn my returning business! Shop around for the best deal possible on these and then use the Revzilla price match. They are really good at matching any competitor. Apr 8, 2014
Carlos A: Friend recommended, good reviews and video break down Apr 3, 2014
David M: I chose these tires because of the very good reviews that they have been receiving. My friend also has them on his bike and he loves them. I have to say that they are definitely the stickiest tires I have ever had on my monster. They warm up very fast and grip very well. I frequent Palomar mountain with these tires and have had no traction problems. I would highly recommend these tires to anyone looking for a top notch sticky street tire. Mar 25, 2014
Romeo P: I'm comfortable riding on this tire. Mar 15, 2014
Mario P: It's the best Mar 13, 2014
V I: I want maximum grip on the street and track. Feb 24, 2014
P H: Last year I switched my track bike from Pirelli slicks (long time user) to Dunlop slicks. I was so impressed with Dunlops I am switching all my bikes to your tires. Feb 18, 2014
Christopher N: needed new tires and decided to give these a try after hearing alot of good things,ive been riding on the metzeler k3 Feb 10, 2014
Terrence T: I chose the Q3 tire because I needed a tire that can stick to the road while riding aggressively in the streets.
This tire also works real good on the track during track days.
Jan 22, 2014
Justin K: Trying Something New Dec 28, 2013
Brett B: Always felt most confident on Dunlops, this one seems to be the best yet for my type of riding! Dec 23, 2013
Scott S: Q2 came as stock tires on my CBR1000RR; great grip and no complaints. Sticking with what works. Dec 20, 2013
Nelson F: My son's Christmas wish. Dec 18, 2013
Staten G: I'm glad i chose this rear tire for my R6. It sticks like glue and inspires confidence. Dec 7, 2013
Adrian J: The Q2's where great so I figure the upgrade might be better. Dec 6, 2013
robert w: My wife liked the Q2's,so these seemed natural. Dec 2, 2013
Robert M: heard these are awesome and i like the tread pattern Nov 21, 2013
C H: Newer tire with cutting edge technology! Oct 31, 2013
M T: why did i get this tire?
because everyone is suggesting it, by shoving there opinion down my throat
Oct 21, 2013
Willmer F: My friend say it's really good tire for the curves Oct 14, 2013
John F: Good review and recommended by friends who has used it. Oct 14, 2013
M I: Great reviews and value. Oct 13, 2013
Jimmy C: Best bang for buck Oct 4, 2013
Gil A: Heard amazing things about the Q2s so i knew the Q3s were gonna be that and better! Sep 19, 2013
Norman M: Price, Claimed Performance and trying different tires till I find the perfect one for me. Sep 18, 2013
Mike M: 2nd set of Q3 s. love these tires. Long lasting, good feedback and price is great Sep 3, 2013
Juan F: because of review Sep 3, 2013
Zbigniew S: Because a lot of online sources including the revzilla.com and regular bike magazines are rating those tires as the best sport bike tires out there for great price... Aug 30, 2013
Matthew L: Due to a positive review on Ride Apart Aug 28, 2013
Gagneet S: Because it was rated pretty well and the carbon fiber made the final decision for me and dunlop makes great tires!! Aug 24, 2013
Sophie C: Just one of the best track tires I have used.. Aug 23, 2013
Trevor B: i have the Q2 rear tire on my bike now. handles great . it lasted 3500 miles As i know its a 50/50 tire . . to be expected, now i'm replacing it . i just wanted to try the newer Q3 tire to see the difference in handling and wear . Aug 18, 2013
Jacqueline L: Dunlop reputation and have used the Q2 and D616 lines. Never had issues with sticking to the road and I am very aggressive. Aug 15, 2013
A shopper asked: Will this fit my 05 gsxr 600 this is my first time buying tires for my bike I just got it and I'm not sure which tires to get I'm 17 so not rich but this look affordable compared to other ones Iv seen and seem to have everything I'm looking for in my personal tire and recommendations? Mar 18, 2014
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Ian B: It will fit as long as you get the right size. Your owners manual will list the recommended sizes, which this tire *will* come in. If you don't have the owners manual, it's probably available online.

The Q3s offer a great value. They perform in the top tier of sport tires at a price point that's less than tires that haven't been rated as well in tests.

I run them on my supermoto and they have handled track duty quite well at the fast end of the intermediate group
Mar 18, 2014
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Thau K: Yes I should fit, I don't see why not. The front tire size from the factory for your gsxr600 is 120/70-ZR17 and rear is 180/55-ZR17. I just installed mine recently and had a chance to try them out when the weather permitted. I felt more confident on it then my old set of tires for my S1000rr. u would definitively recommend these tires if you're street riding. As always be alert and safe out there. Mar 18, 2014
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Henry M: Rear / Tire Size: 180/55ZR17 73W
Front / Tire Size: 120/70ZR17 58W
Best tires, great grip. I Recommend. These tires want to be ridden all around. i have 2000 miles on them and they still have plenty of tread. ride them easy at first they will break in after 100 miles.
Mar 19, 2014
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John W: I recently did a track day with a set of these on my 06 cbr600rr. They are really sticky. Good feed back too. a 180 rear should fit very well on your gsxr600 as well.
As for the mileage, I do not know yet. But, since it is a sport tire, I'm not expecting long term.
Mar 19, 2014
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JOHN B: The correct sizes for your bike are 120/70-ZR-17 front and 180/55-ZR-17 rear. I have a set mounted but they are on my track bike and I live in Massachusetts, so no experience with them yet - sorry! Mar 18, 2014
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Marc G: Get 'em.
They wear evenly whether you're doing track days or daily commuting. Fantastic grip in corners and a very fair price.
Mar 18, 2014
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Marc G: Get 'em.
They wear evenly whether you're doing track days or daily commuting. Fantastic grip in corners and a very fair price.
Mar 18, 2014
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Walter F: Yes, they make Q3's to fit your bike. A 180 55 17 rear would work. And a 130 up front. Pretty standard. Awesome tires! Mar 18, 2014
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Kin L asked: I am looking to replace my Pirelli Rosso Corsas, I am looking at supercorsas and Q3s at the moment. I ride my bike for commuting and track event as well. I want a tire that will do both (I do not mind short life that some has mentioned on the Pirellis) I am more looking for a tire that will work in cold or rather heats up quickly like the Rosso Corsas. Would you mind giving me some suggestions on which one I should choose? Oct 10, 2013
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bruce norton j: I commute on the q3's and have ridden them in down pours and was surprised with the wet weather performance. I haven't used pirelli so really couldn't compare one to one. I don't do track days, do have spirited rides on the weekend and the q3's haven't disappointed yet. I do ride a hayabusa and normally change tires once a year. My opinion with the q3's is that they are a forgiving tire in the corner and make mid corner adjustments at lean angle with confidence. As for the track, I don't see why the q3 wouldn't be superior at the track for a street tire. Oct 10, 2013
Perry B: Dunlop has always been good to me. Started with Q2 for several years and never had complaint dry or wet. The Q3s are even better. A little stiffer in leans bc of the carbon fiber but the feel is solid. Oct 10, 2013
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Kin L: I tried the Q2, but i did not like the feel it provided during rides. I did not take them tot he track and instead I went with Pirelli's instead. How did you like the tires when the environment is cold. I live in Vancouver hence I am more concern about the cold weather performance. Oct 10, 2013
Theresa T: Hi kin this is Joe; I have the Q3' on my z
Zx 14R and I like it a lot. Grip is very good and it warms up fast. So far I have a little over 2000 miles on it and it still looks new !
Oct 10, 2013
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Kin L: Can you say it gives you confidence even in the early morning rides? Oct 10, 2013
Theresa T: I work nite shift 6pm til 6am so yes Iam drive on them every morning and they hold the road very good. Trust me I push them hard too ! Oct 10, 2013
Kin L: I can't have warmers on at work, I would if I can! But thanks for the advise, I thin k I might give them a go! Oct 11, 2013
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Theresa T: Maybe if the weather is that cold there maybe you should invest in a set of tire warmers ! Oct 10, 2013
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A shopper asked: 2009 triumph speed triple, tire size 120/70 ZR17 Rear Size 180/55 ZR17

Approved tyres...Metzeler Sportec M3 . . . .Bridgestone BT015. . . . . . .Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier....by Triumph

I commute to work on my bike 5 days a week. I would like a tire that has longetivity but does not compromise the bike's handling and grip...can you recommend tires. Also, not going with approved tires by triumph, does it affect anything...thank you?
Sep 14, 2013
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Donald S: These are dual compound or a 50/50 tire that is primarily designed for aggressive street riding (grip) and track tire. These will wear out in the center faster than a road tire. The offer amazing grip and feel, and will serve you well if you can take advantage of their capabilities. Very few mortals can push these to their limits. Sounds to me like you need to be looking at one for primary street commuter use. Pilot Road or Dunlop equivalent. Thesse will last you about 2500 - 3000 on a commuter bike. Sep 17, 2013
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Thomas F: I can only answer part of your question. The Dunlop Q3's are not a commuter tire. They are intended for aggressive street (50%) and even track conditions (50%). I don't think there's enough data to determine how long they will last under commuter conditions (and there's no carbon reinforcement down the center), but I'll tell you this - I love my 2013 Street Triple even more with Q3's than before, and I didn't think that was possible. If you truly don't want to compromise handling, buy the Q3's and replace them more often than you'd prefer. If you want an efficient commuter tire, I doubt this is your tire. It's too good at what it was built to do -- grip. Sep 16, 2013
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Henry M: If you need commuting tires, do not buy these. They will wear off very quickly. They are the best as to road grip. They stick to the road like no other tires. They are meant to take turns and used all around. If you prefer safety over anything then get these. However be ready to replace them every year. I have 2 bikes 1 with dunlops Q3 when I want to ride more aggressive and the other has Michelins pilots dual compound when I go for longer trips. Hope this helps. Sep 25, 2013
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anthony b: The Dunlop q3s are a great tire. I would get them over the tires you mentioned.they offer superior grip ib wet and dry, whoch is great for commuting.they also warm up ver fast to give you great grip.do think about it the dunlop q3s are a perfect choice.the tires the bikes come with are a basic tire to get you going.the q3s are a upgrade! Sep 16, 2013
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Paulo B: I've been using Q2 on my two bikes (06 YZF-R1 and 2007 BMW K1200R). I can't say enough how I like the these tires. Always grip from the start, minimum heat needed.They offer a lot of grip giving plenty of confidence. I just installed the Q3 and so far they have been awesome. I'd definitely recommend. Sep 16, 2013
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MIKE S asked: Hello im about due for new tires and i have heard great things about the q3's can anyone share personal expieriances with this tire? Jun 17, 2014
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Thomas F: I ride in twisties mostly, but not the track, and I avoid rain. I use my tires to their edges. If you want a tire that sticks, the performance of the Q3 does such a good job, you'll think your bike lost 20 lbs. just buy them. They are great and certainly worth a try for you. Jul 19, 2014
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John W: STICKY TIRE. They have served me well on the track and street. Confidence builder for sure. All though, when it's about 45 degrees outside ...not so much. But, they do warm up pretty well, even at colder temps. And still a good riding tire for day trips. Jun 17, 2014
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Paulo B: Hi Mike, I have been extremely pleased with these tires. My 3 bikes are fitted with them. Great lean angles, no really warm up needed. I have a spare set. I definitely recommend the Q3. Jun 17, 2014
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Daniel L: Great tire for the track, not so great in the rain when compared to other options. Bottom line, depends on your intended use. Jul 1, 2014
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A shopper asked: The tread pattern on the front are essentially the same as the back, but reversed. I did a little research and found that they do this for better grip when braking (wet or dry). Okay, seems logical. But looking at it, while commuting in rainy conditions, one would assume that the front tire will channel the water towards the center of the tire. Should this concern me? (On a side note, I dont like riding in the rain, but I have been caught out before.) May 29, 2014
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Tub V: The Q3 is an excellent, well rounded tire. Ive done 2 track days in the rain this year with this tire and can honestly say that it did not feel uncomfortable at all in the rain, even at speeds of over 135MPH down the front straight through puddles of water. The tread pattern, although similar to the Q2, disperses water very well from the front and the rear and is confidence inspiring. If you are considering this tire, definitely give it a shot. The entire Q3 package is legit. You can commute on them or do track days and make it to the Advance class on this tire.

Good luck and stay safe!
May 29, 2014
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Dirk D: I've never ridden Q3s in the rain but I will tell you with full certainty that these tires are amazing. I use them on the track to save money. Most people out there aren't fast enough to warrant extremely expensive full race tires. I lean my bike just as much as everyone out there and I have very respectable lap times. I pay $265 a set and they last me THREE race weekends. Race tires last ONE weekend. Best value you can find. Q3s are the best high performance street tires out there.
-D
May 29, 2014
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Todd B: It does seem backwards to me also, I never really concerned myself with riding in the wet with this tire, that being said, I haven't been caught in the rain with it yet either, so I don't have an answer for you on wet performance, on the dry I do really like them, I do notice a little quicker turn in and they seem to be a bit stickier than the Rosso II that I used previously. May 29, 2014
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Robert C: You have to remember that the groove will allow water to escape in front of the contact patch and behind the contact patch. Also, you can see that the grooves overlap. So there will be room for the water to move regardless of position. May 29, 2014
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Product Style RevZilla SKU ID Manufacturer Product # Availability
Rear / 180/55ZR17 73W 899404 32SM32 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 190/50ZR17 73W 899405 32SM22 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Rear / 190/55ZR17 75W 899406 32SM65 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 160/60ZR17 69W 899409 32SM51 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
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Rear / 240/40ZR18 79W 899414 32SM88 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days