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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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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 downApr 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
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 ApartAug 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
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 groupMar 18, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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