Dunlop Roadsmart 2 Rear Tires
A lot of tire for a reasonable price
I bought a rear Roadsmart 2 about 1 year ago on recommendation from a local dealer (the front is a Dunlop Q3). I've put about 5500 miles on it so far in extreme cold, hot, wet, and dry. I have to say, I'm impressed by these tires. Grip is great at everything except speeds which are very stupid and very illegal on the road. Turn in effort is moderate, with good grip once leaned over. Does really great in wet weather, with out any squirm under braking.
As other people have mentioned, the tire starts to round off pretty quickly (maybe 3000 miles), but after that wear is moderate and the tire holds its shape. If I had to guess, I'd say I can get another 2000 miles out of the tire. My gripes are few and minor. Firstly, you can tell that these tires were designed for a heavier bike than mine (2006 Honda 599). The tires feel a bit stiff, and you'll know when you hit a bump. My other complaint is that feel from these tires is a little numb. I suppose that given the wear characteristics, that's not too surprising and is certainly not a deal breaker. Overall, good bang for the buck. I would probably buy Roadsmart 2's again.
November 21, 2014
I have these tires on my 99 CBR1100XX. Just bought a new set, I was able to get 11K miles out of my original set!!! Never had a "scare" and I ride it pretty hard. Revzilla was great with shipping speed and communication.
November 12, 2014
So Far Pleased
Only 1000 miles on them but seem good in rain and cornering. Definitely stiffer (more bounce) then my previous tires, PR 3 and Angel GT. Not sure about wear yet. Price was right so I am trying them.
September 29, 2014
Great tires, great outfit. Would buy again.
I ordered these (for ~60% of local price) on Labor Day, RevZilla shipped them on Wednesday, and i got them the same day. I got caught in a thunderstorm so serious cars were pulling off onto the shoulder on the interstate the very first time I rode on them, and they were perfect.
10/10. Would buy these tires from RevZilla again.
September 22, 2014
I had these tires stock on my Cbr500r and I loved their long read life and wet weather handling compared to other tires I've ridden on. I don't think I'd buy anything but Dunlop.
September 10, 2014
This Vs. the Pilot Road 3
I'm a man with a lot of motorcycles. I don't know why, but I can't help it. I've traditionally run michelin pilot road series tires (2's on my old RSV1000 mille and 3's on my RST1000 futura) but when it came time for tires on my FZ-1, I tried out the dunlop. And holy moly am I glad I did. I can't speak for tread life, because I honestly don't put more than 3-5k miles a year on each bike (thusfar have about 2k miles on them, nearly all commuting, and not a hint of squaring yet,) but the absolute biggest thing for me over the PR3 is that this tire wants to lean in. The PR3 is a fantastic wet weather tire, absolutely peerless in fact, but when it comes time for some corners, it's very heavy and takes a lot of effort to turn in. The effect is like a heavily worn pirelli diablo, where it starts to feel like you're riding on bowling balls. I've gotten that PR3 to the limit but it was absolutely exhausting work and honestly did not feel intuitively confident, despite the fact that it didn't let go and I was able to keep up with my insane friend (with 100 pounds of gear on the bike as well) running road slicks on his R1200rt. The PR3 really is a tire that you have to TRUST to do its job.
The RS2 on the other hand, may only have 80% of the wet grip that the PR3 has, but it's got more dry grip, and the front in particular has a MUCH steeper angle of attack, which makes the bike want to "fall" into a corner and settle nearly instantly into the sweet spot, rather than requiring you to really manhandle it as in the PR3's case. the RS2 is more of a tire you instinctively feel can do its job.
If you will be riding in snowy/sleety conditions at any point, the PR3 will save your life. But if you're just a wet and dry kind of rider (like me, here in Seattle) I'm going with the roadsmart 2 for the near future, because it just makes any bike it's on feel far more "alive" and agile. Now that it's time for tires on my new RSV1000R, I'm going with dunlop, especially now that they've come down in price by half compared to when they were new.
August 24, 2014
Excellent price to quality ratio
I bought my CBR500R new, I currently have about 2800 miles on the bike. I am not a pro nor is this a 1000CC Supersport, all the same I have been able to push the bike within the range of my ability and not have any traction issues. Tire wear is almost imperceptible at this point. Wet traction is ok, I have gotten caught in the rain a few times with no issues. The tire is being replaced this week as it did pick up a nail. For the price I couldn't pass up putting the same tire back on.
August 12, 2014
So far awesome
My 690 Duke ate the factory tire in record time and so I wanted to get something that would last considerably longer and still perform when I need it. So far so good, I've done about a thousand miles of every kind of terrain, and it still looks new. heading on a 1200 mile trip this week through the sierras.
August 4, 2014