Dunlop Roadsmart 2 Rear Tires
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
These tires handle very well and don't grip too much which leaves more room for agility and leaning in corners.
July 28, 2014
Great all arounder
Second set on my CBR1100xx...have always run sportbike tires with Michelin Pilots my primary choice.. put these on my touring bike which is used for long trips. I rode first tire with a lot freeway miles and aggressive canyon carving in between. Got 7500 mi till wear bars in center..always maintained 42 psi as per Dunlop ...seem to heat up quick with great grip and are confidence inspiring. Have little wet experience with the exception of couple of thunderstorms but felt secure... great sport touring tire !
July 14, 2014
This is a great tire if you are a commuter like me. Lasts decently long but still feel like I can lean it over and use the whole tire when needed
June 8, 2014
Great all around tire
This was my first replacement tire after about 2000 miles on some Michelin 2cts. I've put about 7,000 miles on the roadsmart 2s and have loved them. I commute on the weekdays, "spirited" weekend rides, and have a couple multi-day tours. Treadlife has been great. No flattening and there is still great life in the tread. Never lost confidence when leaned over as well. I don't ride often in the rain but traction has been good the few times I have. Highly recommend and won't be looking for a different tire when the time comes to replace it
April 15, 2014