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Dunlop Q3 Sportmax Rear Tires
  • Dunlop Q3 Sportmax Rear Tires
  • Dunlop Q3 Sportmax Rear Tires
  • Dunlop Q3 Sportmax Rear Tires
  • Dunlop Q3 Sportmax Rear Tires
  • Dunlop Q3 Sportmax Rear Tires

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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.


  • 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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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
Amazing grip 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
Superb Tires! 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
Nice Tire great price. good traction. very sticky. i would recommend this too anyone. January 30, 2014
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Dunlop Q3 Sportmax Rear Tires
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
tristan v: $40 Rebate, overall saved $100 for set. Apr 24, 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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A shopper asked: Hi Revilla,

I'm in Melbourne Australia and have watched many of your tyre reviews recently with much interest and bought some Dunlop Q3's.

I have a question that I hope you can answer.
The tread pattern on the Front & Rear tyre is similar and both tyres have rotation arrows on them for correct fitment, but why is it that the tyres look as though the tread is rotating in different directions???
The rear looks normal to me from a DOR & water drainage from the centre to the outside however the front looks the opposite with the water channels directing the water back towards the centre...

I have noticed this on other tyres too regardless of manufacture and I'm curious to know.
Can anyone offer a view point as to why?


Ps keep up the great reviews they're really helpful :)
Mar 31, 2014
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Product Style RevZilla SKU ID Manufacturer Product # Availability
Rear / 180/55ZR17 73W 899404 32SM-32 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 190/50ZR17 73W 899405 32SM-22 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 190/55ZR17 75W 899406 32SM-65 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 160/60ZR17 69W 899409 32SM51 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Rear / 200/50ZR17 75W 899413 32SM82 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 240/40ZR18 79W 899414 32SM88 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days