Great grip, poor wear
These tires offer great grip, let me get that out first, they grip well, turn in fast, and are very predictable. The bad is that I smoked them in a single weekend at the track. I'm not that hard on tires, and my suspension is dialed in, so I was expecting much better wear.
April 17, 2014
Great grip, less life
I put my Q3s on my '06 CBR1000RR 5 weeks ago and have done about 1700 miles and the tires are down to the wear bars on the soft compound areas already. I knew when I bought them I shouldn't expect huge mileage numbers but 1700 is far less than I thought I would get.
The good news is, the tires are great for traction and feel! One big slide with these tires and it was all my fault. They were cold and I got too aggressive with the throttle at a high lean angle.
I have used the PP 2CTs, Bridgestone BT016s, 003s and now the Q3s. More confidence with the Q3s than the others. I'm going to try the PP3s next. Hopefully will get closer to 4k miles out of them.
April 4, 2014
My Suzuki Gladius 650 came with a set of these when I bought it last year. They're warm up really fast and have unparalleled gripping power for a street tire. I found myself grinding the bottom of my foot pegs in a few turns. My rear tire lasted me about 4500 miles before I completely wore it out. The tread seemed to last petty well until I started riding more aggressively. If you tend to ride aggressive on a regular basis the tire is not going to last very long.
After getting a new rear tire I went on a trip to the mountains and I was able to lean the bike all the way over to the edge of the tire with plenty of confidence.
I would not recommend this tire if you only use your bike for commuting or just casual riding. However, if you enjoy riding hard in the turns or plan on going to the track I can't think of a better tire.
March 24, 2014
The grip on this tire is indescribable. High speed or low speed corners, it does it all. They heat up after about 10 minutes or 5-10 miles of riding. There is nothing this tire won't do or grip to, wheelies are a breeze as well. I have about 4000 miles on them now and since I was forced to commute so much recently the center is gone. (Looking forward to burning it up before the new one)
Word to the wise, as the tread pattern wears down it turns into practically a slick. This is great for dry conditions on the track but it makes for an unsettling experience in heavier rain. When there's tread left it handles rain pretty well, just a heads up, but it's not enough to give it less than 5 stars.
March 2, 2014
Great Tire for the right bike
I ordered a set of Q3's for my 2006 KTM 625smc. They're not cheap, but I figured it would be worth it. Unfortunately, Dunlop made the 160/60/17 unusually wide... over 1/4" wider than the Continental that I was replacing. The chain does not clear the tire! So, I'm going to write to Dunlop and see if there is anything they will do.
February 23, 2014
Unbeatable for the price
I was looking for a replacement tire for my '03 cbr600rr after using a set of Pilot Powers on the track. I had my mind set on the Supercorsa from Pirelli but a longtime buddy of mine had tipped me to trying the Q3 as he was a huge fan of the Q2's. Hard to say he was wrong. I have ridden on the Pirelli's and besides them maybe heating up a bit quicker, the Q3's are just incredible. I feel so confident getting on the throttle upon corner exit, and earlier too. It just always feels planted, and incredibly predictable performance. Let's me focus on my technique and lines, and for the price, can't be beat. Dunlop has found a new loyal customer.
February 7, 2014
Don't Wait, Buy These Tires!
My OEM tires (Dunlops Qualifiers) is nothing compared to the new Q3s. I mean as soon as they were installed on my bike and rode off the driveway I felt an immediate difference in power delivery and traction. The mechanic gave me a warning about taking it easy the first 50 miles due to the new coating on the tires but they're sticky.
Pros: Quickly warms up, excellent handling, amazing traction, lightweight, improves performance.
Cons: Treads don't last long but don't expect them to when you're trading it for confidence inspiring cornerning.
January 30, 2014
great price. good traction. very sticky. i would recommend this too anyone.
January 30, 2014