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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
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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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Dunlop Q3 Sportmax Rear Tires 4.8 5 155 155
I love these I did a 271 mile ride from NC to VA in the rain going 80 mph on 95 and they handled as if it was dry i love these tires September 29, 2015
I'm hooked! From what I gathered from Anthony's reviews, I took these over Pirelli's because they are engineered to last longer (just slightly) on the street whereas Pirelli's are (just slightly) better engineered for the track. Regardless, both were highly recommended to me by my track coaches and so far these tires feel grippy and handle well. I'm certain that with either tire brand I went with both would suit my needs very well and I'd be happy. September 28, 2015
Great tires Loved the Q2's, love the Q3. Great tire for WHAT IT IS It's a high performance tire. Tons of grip, great wet or dry, great feel, inexpensive and american made Downside? Tire life. I have a torquey V-twin sportbike and I'm a big guy that rides hard. I get 2500 to 3000 on a rear, 3500 to 4500 on a front. Highly recommend these September 25, 2015
That Sticky Icky Very good grip much better then the stock roadsmarts that come with the motorcycle. Have not had them long enough to judge tread life, that is why the average rating September 21, 2015
Great for the curves and freeways ! it's Super sticky in the curvy roads and good for the freeways ! September 14, 2015
My New Choice Can't beat the quality for the price. Quick warm up, high grip level. Front tire feels huge so turn in is more neautral (which I like) as opposed to a pp3 which is more v shaped and falls into the corner. Carcass is hard so if you live in bumpy land this isn't for you. Summer afternoon Florida thunder storms and two tropical storms got laughed at by my q3's. Over 60mph in serious rain no problem. For commuting they are very useful if you are an agressive street rider at times. Did two drag days on these tires at green cove raceway and numerous burnouts and tires still in good shape after 3500 miles. Will buy again and again. September 4, 2015
Recommended I think the best street tire available today. Good price, amazing feel and grip. August 31, 2015
Great track day tire up to a point I've used Q3's for track days for two years now (on a 2007 CBR600RR and a 2004 ZX6R earlier) and have been very impressed with how sticky they are. Initially the only time I felt any sliding was when I was too heavy on the throttle exiting turns, but that was easy to control. As I got a bit faster and more aggressive I would get some sliding from the rear tire in some turns, although it was fairly predictable (i.e., no big, sudden slide as you might get with a cold-tire slide). This year I also tried Dunlop's "DOT" GPA's. Their advantage over the Q3 is that -- once warm -- they stick a bit better, which is enough to give me more confidence in them. However, the GPA's are like stones when cold, whereas Q3's are ready to go almost right away under most conditions. I don't ride much when it's wet, but here I'd stick with the Q3's, no question. I don't ride my bike on the street, but I'd say a rear Q3 is good for three or four track days; the front a bit more. Overall I'd say they have to be among the best street/track-day tires out there and I'd highly recommend them. August 25, 2015
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Kyle M: Grippy Sep 22, 2015
James H: Great tires for a good price. They actually last pretty good too." Sep 22, 2015
Chuck Beau Buck .: Because I started sliding on corner exits under hard acceleration.
Sep 8, 2015
Cole K: Parts for my race 2007 zx6r race bike. Sep 5, 2015
Nicholas M: Chose this tire on the strength on it's reviews across multiple sites. I'll will re review when time to replace. Jul 6, 2015
James A: One of the best all around tires there is. I use them on the track on my S1000RR and 675. Fantastic for laptimes into the high 1:30s Jun 22, 2015
bruce norton j: best Jun 4, 2015
Eric T: The tires were rated excellent by other buyers and I've had good results with Dunlop before. Apr 25, 2015
Timothy R: Great track day tire. Apr 25, 2015
Nicholas R: Great reviews and a solid deal on the two-pack. Perhaps more tire than I need, but it's nice to have all that grip. Apr 16, 2015
David T: You can't beat the performance and price on these! Apr 15, 2015
Richard O: Because my ham fisted throttle hand torched my Q2 in less than 2,000 miles. I must say, this tire has great grip, the traction control light comes on less with this tire. 2014 YZF R1 Best 10 grand I ever spent (for a brand new bike) Apr 13, 2015
Chris H: great tire for the price. Was stuck between this tire and the PP3 but i decided to go with the dunlop and i couldnt be happier. the dunlop seemed to be more of a sticky tire less concerned with tread life and as we all know the better tires are going to run out quicker but the grip is amazing. Apr 7, 2015
Sebastian F: The Best! Good Price! Mar 30, 2015
Miguel D: "Based on recent reviews, was the best choice for my needs. Price was competitive too!" Mar 25, 2015
alex p: ordered these up for my 06 gsx-r600 and would highly recommend these to anyone. amazing tires! Mar 24, 2015
Christopher R: Great tire. 2nd set of tires on this bike, 3rd set total. Will be hard to get me onto another tire anytime soon Mar 19, 2015
Michael B: Came highly recommended by the riding community in virginia Mar 17, 2015
Philip T: They work very well and last. Mar 17, 2015
Brent M: Best tires I've ever ridden on. They're perfect. Plain and simple! Mar 14, 2015
Terry G: awesome tires Mar 10, 2015
Christopher J: Spring is almost here, time for new tires :) Mar 5, 2015
Quentin B: Needed a new rear tire. Previously used the Q2 model and I am hoping the successor is as good or better. Mar 5, 2015
Erik P: Solid choice for street and some track use. Sticky and warms up quickly. Mar 5, 2015
G E: great price Mar 1, 2015
Dirty B: Anthonys review. I usually use the q2 but I am going with his review on the website. Feb 27, 2015
Joseph G: great all around performer Feb 23, 2015
Kristin Y: if these are better than the old q2 then they should be amazing tires Feb 19, 2015
Canon S: Dunlop is the only American made motorcycle tire company, and many experienced street and track riders know and trust them. Every manufacturer makes a tire in this category, so Dunlop got my business for the above reasons. Previously had PP; we'll see how the Q3 compares! Feb 16, 2015
Steve R: Replacement for what is currently on the bike. Super sticky on the street, quick to warm up and even holds its own on damp roads. Not good for standing water though Feb 12, 2015
Andrew B: I had a good experience with the Q2s. Feb 9, 2015
walt f: great street tire , smooth transitions .ton of grip, predictable slides .great price also. Feb 8, 2015
Ram S: Tried the Michelin Pilot Power, figured I'd give this a shot Jan 23, 2015
James P: Biggest bang for the buck track day tire! Jan 14, 2015
A s: Awesome tire. Pretty good balance of street/light track use. Jan 6, 2015
Mike C: Round and Sticky Jan 5, 2015
Morrigan W: I know two people who use these, I'm going to try it out. My husband loves his. Update: My new favorite street tire. Dec 31, 2014
Henzon R: I have it in my other bike and it give me like 7000miles on the road. I use it in the canyon and it gives me good grip i have never felt skidding at all. It maybe not to good in mileage but you gotta have a tire that can give you what you need in the highway or in canyon ride. Dec 30, 2014
Gerald B: old tire wore out Dec 17, 2014
Chuyler F: Awesome performance tires. Dec 14, 2014
ronal a: Bought a 2007 gsxR 600 that I am planning to take to the Track, but also use it for my weekend fun on the regular roads. 50/50 Dec 2, 2014
Michelle W: my power pilot 2ct's are about done, ill need new ones right around March, when track season picks back up here in Arizona. I have heard that these are the best you can get without actually getting track tires. All my riding buddies recommended them, and i can't wait to take em to the track! :) Also, just so you know, i heard about this deal from Vanessa Oberst, she told me to get on revzilla. This purchase is 100% because she told me about it. :) Nov 28, 2014
Anthony C: Bought these for track day at Jennings. Nov 28, 2014
Allen C: cant beat that price for the performance these hard times Nov 24, 2014
Timothy Y: Price was great. Replacing Q2 currently on bike Nov 19, 2014
Jairo M: Liked the Q2's and hear these are an improvement Nov 16, 2014
Jason C: I've tested tires for a website and found the Q2s the best of the street/track tires. Excited to try the Q3s. Nov 2, 2014
Eric S: 1. Made in AMERICA.
2. Rivals Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa in performance, but costs $160 less for the pair.
3. I've had them before, and they are an EXCELLENT sport tire.
4. Sticky, durable, high performance.
5. You'll not find a better value in a super sport tire.
Oct 21, 2014
Bryan S: great reviews. great tire. Oct 9, 2014
david j: internet reviews Sep 30, 2014
christopher B: this tire is better suited to my Aprilia rsv, and i shreded my last set on a good ride.
I was looking for a little better lean angle and more stick to the road. most of the other guys i ride with recommended/ use this tire.
Sep 29, 2014
Jonathan C: Best tires I have owned. Amazing on the track. Did one track day, and rode 7300 miles relatively aggressive and highway, before the belts started showing. So I will continue to order these tires till I find something better. Sep 29, 2014
Alan J: Got a nail in my current Q3 Sep 22, 2014
Eleodoro N: I get the best performance out of the tire in the track and street Sep 22, 2014
Rolla P: Best tire on the market. You will not out ride these tires, period. Sep 21, 2014
Alan J: RevZilla video on this tire. Sep 21, 2014
Eric M: Recommended by members for fzcentral. Sep 10, 2014
Paulo B: AWESOME AWESOME Sep 8, 2014
Charles D: Dunlop Q3's are turning faster lap times than all but Supercorsa SP's as far as street compounds in reviews and at the local tracks at a lot less cost. Why not buy these? Sep 4, 2014
Tony G: Great tire for combination street & track. Sep 3, 2014
Alessio T: I heard good reviews of this tire...let's try them on my Monster!! Sep 2, 2014
O P: Word of mouth and the video review. Sep 2, 2014
Matt G: They are the best tire around, I will gladly sacrifice distance to get a tire that sticks! How much does it cost to lay the bike down because you wanted to save $$ on tires?? Oh, and you could die if you buy cheap tires too but its the price that counts ... right ?? Aug 29, 2014
Tunis C: I have ridden most tire brands on my 07 GSXR600 and I like these. I ride only track days and I get get 5-7 days on them, great grip, and my bike is setup for theQ3. The pros use them and once you find what you like, stay with it. Aug 29, 2014
miguel h: affordable tire. Aug 15, 2014
Marc G: Great traction, affordable price. Aug 4, 2014
Scott P: Watch quite a few video review and read many reviews and it came down to this or the Mich, and my cousin has the Mich so I got this to try it out Jul 31, 2014
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 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: 2009 triumph speed triple, tire size 120/70 ZR17 Rear Size 180/55 ZR17

Approved tyres...Metzeler Sportec M3 . . . .Bridgestone BT015. . . . . . .Dunlop Sportmax 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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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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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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William C: I commute, track and Canyon carve on these tires. I have about 4000 commuter and highway miles, about 1000 canyons carving and aggressive street riding miles, and a track day on these tires and I'm just now getting to the point where I'm wanting to replace them. The reinforced center compound is very durable and does not square off even after thousands of highway miles. Outstanding grip on track and on roads. Excellent on damp roads, not so much on actual wet roads. Jul 23, 2015
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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 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: 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: Which set of tires has more grip? Q3 or PP3? Thx Mar 10, 2015
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Robert K: I've been running the original Qualifiers and Q2s for a lot of years, mostly street but a handful of track days each year mounted to Buells, a Ninja 1000 and a BMW R1100S. The original Qs were great and the Q2 much better in a wider temperature range. The Q3 is awesome on the Buells and the Ninja, the BMW is gone now. It falls in quickly, remains stable leaned over, doesn't brake loose easily under power and will easily throw you over the bars if you panic. I used to race CMRA in Texas and the Q3 is almost as grippy as the Dunlop D211GP but obviously better in the wet and can span butt-hot to very cold street temps.

I've tried the original Pilot Powers back in '04 and didn't care for them on the street so I never tried any PP successors. The original Qualifiers did everything I asked.

Keep in mind, PPs work great on other bikes for other people. A bikes geometry and such determines this. If you have a Zuki, for instance, it may not work as well for you, just like PPS didn't work well for me.
Mar 10, 2015
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Daniel L: I'm not sure I have ever riden (or even heard of the PP3); however, the Q3 is an excellent track tire. They do not require warmers and hold up well to the temperatures generated on the track and have a stiff sidewall. Under normal street riding conditions - I doubt you would have a grip issue with any tire. Mar 10, 2015
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anthony b: Dunlop Q3 for sure!!...they heat up quick..always predictable. ..all around great tire Mar 10, 2015
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Gerard S. D: q3 no question great tire Mar 23, 2015
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A shopper asked: So I have a 2009 Suzuki Gladius SFV650 and one of my first purchases was getting a pair of these Dunlop Q3 Sportmax tires. I roughly have on the tires just shy of 2k miles and was curious what on average is milage that others are getting out of these tires? I only ask because any "nice" day during the Pennsylvania winter I take the opportunity to ride but feel the bike wanting to slide out. Now I assume its mostly due to the fact the tires are not warm enough to get the necessary grip on the cold/salted blacktop in my area. Feb 2, 2015
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Cameron D: Good day.
I run these tires on my 2008 Yamaha FJR1300 and have gone through 3 sets. I usually get around 5,000 miles on a set. With my last set I only got 4,000 but this was a trip through Texas, Arizona, Utah etc. where the daytime temps were 90 to 110 degrees and I was fully loaded with luggage and my wife on the back. These tires are for a combination of touring and doing the twisties. They are of a softer ply and road temps will definitely have an effect on the performance of the tire.
Google these tires and include 'review' to pull up what others have to say.
Hope this helps.
Feb 17, 2015
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Ian T: I got about 4000 miles out of mine and that's including one track day and I ride an 09 cbr1000rr dynoed at 175whp. The front had some tread left on it but I changed them both out at the same time. They're the stickiest tire besides some Pirelli super corsas in my opinion but you won't notice them sticking until after the ground heats up. The ground up there is probably near freezing at this point. Usually after Memorial Day the weather starts being consistently warmer and you'll notice the tires heat up and stay hot and super sticky as well. Hope that helps. Feb 17, 2015
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Issac D: Milage on the Q3 varies on how hard you ride. I usually get around 3K on a set. That is without going on the track with them. I have used them in the Dragon in the rain and cold and felt comfortable. In not sure if this helps. Feb 17, 2015
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max d: I love these tires on warm dry days. They are not very good in the wet or cold. As far as mileage go's I get three to four thousand miles out of them on my Aprilia Tuono. Feb 18, 2015
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A S asked: Hello, I have a 2013 CBR600rr and think the Q3 would be a great tire. Most of my riding is commuting, but I also race track, as a rookie. My bike will always do double duty. I have a 160 on the rear, is there any advantage to going up in tire size and if so how much? Mainly thinking of better performance on the track, thanks. Jan 27, 2015
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Robert K: Your CBR should have a 180/55 on the rear, not a 160. If you want to know about putting on a 190, I would say get that idea out of your head.

The 1/2 inch difference in rim width would change the cross section of the tire in a way that it would have a different contact patch than what you might want at a given lean angle. When I used to race in the early 2000s, I saw people put 180s on in place of their 170s (because race rubber didn't come in 170) and the wear on the tires showed that they were using up the edge of the rear tire too soon and the front couldn't be used up enough to get onto the largest contact patch for secure turning and grip at speed. Keep in mind, that was race rubber and race cross sections, not street profile. That may not apply so badly with the Q3. Still, I don't like to tempt fate with mismatched tire and rim widths

That aside, the Q3 is a very nice tire. I have it on my Ninja 1000 and I'm and absolute bastard when I ride. Tons of grip everywhere I go. I have about 3000 miles on it so far and is due for replacement because I've squared it off from the straight roads. I only have 1 track day on it (at 200 miles) and thought it was fantastic. The grip is easily what the Dunlop 208 GP-A tires were back in the day and probably even grippier and definitely lasted more than a race weekend. :)
Jan 27, 2015
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Michael H: I'm a firm believer in running the stock tire sizes that the bike originally had on when new. I have not mounted my q3's on my gsxr1000 but am currently running the q2's and they are as close to perfect as possible.. I've heard the threes are even better. I also have a zx14 which I run q2's as well for mainly daily commuting. I do not ride overly aggressive and these tires provide very good wear characteristics as some agree and some disagree.. In short I'm sure you would be happy with the q3's on your cbr Jan 27, 2015
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Tub V: Hi A.S.,

the CBR600RR from the factory should be using a 180/55 profile tire. If you are currently running a 160 in the rear, then you are already behind the curve. Not sure why you would run a 160 in the rear unless you are really down on power or running a 160 rain tire.

That being said, the Q3 is an excellent tire choice for street/track double duty. You can run a set of Q3s well into advance track day. The grip is their, and the feedback is amazing. Tire is very predictable.
Jan 27, 2015
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A S: Sorry 180 rear, not 160. Jan 27, 2015
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Thomas L asked: So I am mainly a commuter and ride my bike pretty much in a straight line most of the time. I am torn between getting the q3's again or switching to the Michelin Pilot Road 4's. The thing is I love my q3's as they are cheap and have amazing grip as well with precise steering and I really don't want to give that up. However I don't know if I should be buying these tires as I feel like I don't take full advantage of them as I don't use the edges really with canyon riding or track riding ( I just go to school and work on my motorcycle). Yes the Michelin Pilot Road 4's would last longer and I think are better for commuting, but would they provide the race grip and confidence the q3's provided and is worth that extra money? What do you think guys?? All opinions are appreciated Sep 14, 2014
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Tyler E: These tires are fabulous sport-track tires. I recommend them for sport riding all day long. I run them on my Speed Triple and my Panigale for spirited road riding and track days. That said, they are not suitable to commuting; they will square off very quickly. I would be surprised if the profile was not compromised after 1,200 commuter miles. For commuting, you are much better off with the Michelin Pilot Road 4's. Oct 16, 2014
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Bruce G: If I used my bike for primarily transportation I would probably not get these tires. The grip and turn in ability is awesome. I pretty much never ride more than an hour to get the twisty roads so I'm not the right person to ask about freeway wear. The are sport tires so I would not expect them to last too long. Oct 29, 2014
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Timothy R: I would go to the road 4's. They are also a great tire. I saw a guy take the road 4's on the track in the rain. He didn't win nor did he crash either. If they were good enough for him that day, should be good enough for you. Oct 30, 2014
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Enrique C: Nop. Q3 are about as grippy as you get for a sport tire. The extra grip is both a fun and also a safety feature. Q3 all day long I say. Sep 17, 2014
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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.
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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A shopper asked: Appreciate the tire insight Revzilla gives on tires. 07 ZX-14 trying to decide between PP3 - that replaced the Pures, Conti Attack 2 Hypersport and Q3, which do you recommend for someone who is primarily a spirited weekend street rider?

Thank you,

Apr 20, 2015
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Rolla P: Q3 for me too. Hands down best bang for the buck. All the sticky tires wear fast. It's the price of admission. Try 'em all. May 5, 2015
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Ky M: I wouldn't bother with these tires, they wear quick and lose grip pretty fast. Apr 20, 2015
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Jarrod H: Q3, but I think you will find this is all personal preference. May 5, 2015
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A shopper asked: My 1 year old PR3 on the rear of my FJR1300 has some type of slow leak. I do quite a bit of highway riding back and forth to work, along with weekend pleasure rides.

The shop that I take my bike to only stocks this tire. Am I going to eat through it and have to get a new one next year?

Nothing wrong with the tread on either front or rear right now, just doesn't hold preasure
Aug 15, 2014
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Robert C: You are trying to compare a sport-performance tire (Q3) with a sport-touring tire (PR3). Each has a specific usage so it is hard to actually compare. However if you are only concerned with longevity (tire wear) then you should stick with the PR3. However if you are going to be doing some aggressive (carving) street riding or even some track days then go with the Q3. My experience on sticky sport tires, like the Q3, is getting as little as 5000 miles on the rear and as high as 7000 miles (only road use not on track). I have no first hand experience with a sport-touring tire such as the PR3 but I assume that you should get a lot more distance on this tire than the Q3. Aug 19, 2014
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Nathaniel M: I use mine on the track mostly, but they wear like iron. I think it's worth it. Aug 20, 2014
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Zack A asked: I've had Q3s on my sv650 for 3 track days, no street riding, and I've noticed excessive wear on the leading edge of the outside treads of the rear tire. I've also noticed a small crack, maybe half an inch long, in that same worn area. I was running 31 psi in the front and 29 in the rear, no tires warmers. Is this normal? Jun 28, 2015
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mason s asked: do they make this in a 170/60zr17 size? didn't see the option for it hoping its just out at the moment May 27, 2015
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