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Dunlop Roadsmart 2 Rear Tires
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Dunlop Roadsmart 2 Rear Tires

Sport-touring riders constitute a very experienced and savvy sector of the motorcycling scene, and they continue to place a premium on multiple tire expectations: Outstanding wet-weather performance, linear and responsive handling traits, traction characteristics on par with sport tires and extended tread life - all in one tire. All of these qualities were present in the popular first-generation Roadsmart, and now these virtues have been elevated in the new Roadsmart II to create a higher level of performance for the long-haul crowd.

Immediately evident is the new tread pattern on both front and rear Dunlop Roadsmart 2 Tires. The front tire still incorporates Dunlop’s readily recognized cosecant-curve groove pattern. The shape and placement of these grooves are newly designed to promote even tire wear up front, and they also stiffen the pattern for reduced tire squirm and extended tire life. Additional grooves also help improve wet-weather performance thanks to a greater sea-to-land ratio that helps promote water dispersion.    


  • New tread rubber compounds include silica to help deliver impressive performance in wet conditions while also extending wear
  • New cosecant-curve tread pattern helps promote even tire wear and stiffens the pattern for reduced tire squirm and extended tire longevity
  • Increased tread depth further promotes water channeling while also extending tire mileage
  • MT Multi-Tread rear tire incorporates a long-wearing compound in the center of the tire tread and a lateral-grip compound on each shoulder to enhance cornering performance and provide class-leading grip and feel
  • Intuitive Response Profile (IRP) intuitively allows greater latitude in line choice while cornering and provides remarkably linear steering at various lean angles, and puts down a bigger footprint at extreme lean angles, for enhanced grip and handling
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Dunlop Roadsmart 2 Rear Tires 4.8 5 45 45
replaced in kind factory tires. Original factory tires served well, so just stayed with them. October 5, 2015
2009 DL1000 V-Strom I ride my DL1000 like its my old 1986 GSX-R 750. Meaning I lean in hard, often. I've gone through 3 sets of Conti Road Attack II (love'em) and made the switch to the Dunlop Road Smart II's for longer tread wear (in the center of this Dunlop multi tread compound pattern). They sit tall and lean with noticeable confidence-building grip. They do take longer to heat-up. I try to break heavy at each stop on my way out to get them warmed up faster. I guess there has to be a trade-off for longer tread wear in the center (it was getting expensive replacing my tires every 3k miles) I really like this tire once its warm and can tell already the center (upright riding) is going to last longer. *Drove in the rain - moving water to maintain grip is also dependent on the rubber getting to optimum temperature (meaning how quickly they warm-up). So rain is usually cold slowing the warm-up, if your tires are not already warm when the rain starts - go slow, be careful grip traction is dependent on tire temperature. I experienced uneasiness until my back tire warmed-up, then the Dunlop was excellent! "Breaking" puts stress on the tires which causes them to heat-up. Just driving (rolling resistance) heats them up slowly. The Dunlop's grip really well and I am liking them so far, they just take longer to heat-up because of the harder compound in the center for longer wear. I'm getting use to it. I guess in 3K miles when i don't need to spend another $???.+ dollars to change 1 tire I'll be happier. Postscript: if they could figure a way to have them heat-up faster then 5 out of 5 Stars. September 28, 2015
Excellent commuter tire This is a great tire for the commuters out there. I had over 17k miles on mine and there was still life left in the tread. I caught three flats in two weeks and had to replace it. I put the exact same tire on it and am looking for great mileage from the new one. September 21, 2015
What I paid for These tires do exactly what they say they do. !!!! August 31, 2015
Kawasaki put these on the factory bike Comfortable tire right away and excellent grip, I don't ride very hard and they square off ever so slightly after 2k miles, not enough to make corners frustrating but still noticeable, great all season long tire. Price excellent... Revzilla even more excellent than that. July 30, 2015
Great past experience I've used Roadsmart tires on my R1150RT in the past and was very pleased with their performance and durability. So when the tires on my K1600 needed replacing I went for the Roadsmart 2. After a couple of weeks of use I like the handling. Wet performance has yet to be tested but I don't anticipate problems. Durability? We'll see. So far I'm very please and anticipate many more great miles on these tires July 22, 2015
Lots of grip I have had a few sets of Pirelli Angel GT and have liked them. The Dunlop Roadsmart 2 tires feel like they react more to the road. The bike seams to turn more when I lean into turns. They feel like they have more grip then the Pirelli Angels and are cheaper too. Being made on home soil was a added bonus and the main reason I gave them a shot. Plus all of the reviews on Revzilla makes trying something new painless. Didn't have to do much "break in" or scotch bright the tire either. Great traction in wet times too. Awesome tire! July 16, 2015
It's my new favorite I just finished off Roadsmart on my RC51 in April and when it came time for a new tire for a Duc Hypermotard it's what it needs. I did the Arkansas Dragon in the rain, not a slip, even with the tire on the high side of 2500 miles. Dry traction is excellent, no chicken strips. Only tire I've ever gotten more than 4000 miles out of, and I've tried most of the harder tires. I've got numerous bikes and don't like changing tires all the time so I can't comment on softer high performance tires but these perform and wear very,very well. July 13, 2015
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Dunlop Roadsmart 2 Rear Tires
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darrell g: longer life, great traction, good price Oct 4, 2015
Alec R: Good tire. Deep tread. Aug 24, 2015
Randy G: Need it Aug 13, 2015
Preston K: Price Jul 23, 2015
larry h: bikes tires have cracks and no one wants to ride a bike with tires that have dry rot cracks. I want to ride so I got new tires Jun 25, 2015
Byron D: Nice grip and durability. Jun 19, 2015
Robert Y: Want to extend my tire mileage over a sport only tire. Read online comments, etc. Jun 6, 2015
Chris K: I need a high-mileage tire with great wet weather performance that can still hold up to sporty, backroads riding in nice weather. May 29, 2015
Joel G: Factory Replacement for Honda CBR500 May 26, 2015
Blake S: Same as review for front tire. Also, picked up large screw in the rear tire last year so had to replace the tire, but was able to ride home approximately 300 miles without loosing air. May 26, 2015
Charley G: Solid price point. May 26, 2015
JAMES B: Because they're one of the few tires that fit my 1988 GSX-R 1100 and they perform. May 18, 2015
Alexandre T: have used them before May 16, 2015
W J: highly recommended by other Honda NC700x riders May 12, 2015
Bill F: I needed to replace my tires and decided to go with this tire after reading many reviews--the clincher is because this tire is made in the USA. Apr 8, 2015
Charles H: I've had good luck with these tires wearing evenly on centerline and sidewalls, getting great value for the money. Performance with these tires is as good as the sportmax but better wear pattern. Mar 9, 2015
Dennis S: "The Q3's have grip for days during the summer when its warm and dry but, I need something for the rain and cold. I am trying these to see how they do. I really like the PP and PR series from Michelin but, I always seem to get them to cup. I will try to give a review after I put some miles on the RS2's. They do great on a buddies CBR1100XX fully loaded and touring!!!!" Feb 20, 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. Now having put 2000 miles on them I am very happy with my choice! Feb 16, 2015
Glenn Z: It was between this and the PR4... the price point seemed right and the reviews helped out my decision. Nov 8, 2014
Stuart S: A replacement for the rear tire on my BMW...the first one was great...good handling, long life, good in the wet. Naturally I picked the same again. Oct 29, 2014
anthony m: This tire lasted me this entire riding season and its time for a new one so i want to keep the same tire i had on now. with 30 zilla bucks it was a steal. Oct 28, 2014
Charles B: I chose this product because it's the best tire for the price. On top of that I earn cash towards my next purchase which I will actually use. It's also the best price on the internet, and includes free shipping. Rev on RevZilla. Oct 20, 2014
D R: Fitted on a Ducati Multistrada 1200 Touring. This is an all around good tire as far as traction goes, grips in all conditions and gave me peace of mind. Bike was used when I bought it and so I can only comment on 5000 miles for wear. I will say once it gets to the wear bars it goes fast to fibers showing. Sep 21, 2014
Bjorn H: Great tire that lasts a long time. Second set. Jul 25, 2014
Joel S: Good reviews, good tire. No problems. Jul 16, 2014
ryan w: Looking for a higher mileage sport tire Jul 16, 2014
Scott R: This is my third set of Roadsmarts. These tires just work and stand up to abuse for long rides while giving you the confidence to lean over in the twisties. Jul 11, 2014
michael b: Reviews Jun 30, 2014
Garret L: These came stock on my 2013 Kawasaki 650 ABS and I really like them. May 18, 2014
Nicolas C: These tires came with the bike off the showroom floor, and I love them. I have no reason to go with anything else. Wet, dry, somewhat dirty road conditions... they've never let me down. If only they were nail/screw/staple proof. This is my 3rd rear due to punctures. *le sigh* Mar 20, 2014
John N: This tire and size was recommended by the local BMW dealer. I ride a 2005 R1150RT-P daily in my motor escort business. I put these tires on almost 14k miles ago and their only now showing signs that they need to be replaced. They still have nice groves on the centers but the front is wearing more on the left due to road crown. It's time. I have some miles on machines, I don't think I've ever gotten this kind of mileage from a tire. Plus they stick like glue to wet roads.. Jan 6, 2014
WARREN M: I have Dunlops on all my bikes. Have GPAs for track day. Need a street tire with soft rubber on the sides hard in the middle.. Oct 14, 2013
A shopper asked: What tires do you recommend for st1300. More about tire life than super sticky? Apr 20, 2015
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anthony l: I bought the dunlop for a 2009 yamaha 6r but have not put many miles on it as I also have a honda goldwing and I put about 10k on it a year.
I like Bridgestone 709 and 704 for my gold wing and I ride aggressive but I also ride long distant, The bridgestones lasted me a year and the front is still good but I am replacing it any way since I am replacing the rear.
If you really want milage out of the tires you may look at what they call riding the dark side and put a car tire on the rear. If you do make sure that you have tire monitors. You can research just look up the dark side.
Some motorcycle tires have a harder center and softer sides so that you get more milage out of them.
Apr 25, 2015
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Chris E: For tire life go with the Michelin pilot road 4. It will give you the best mileage of any tire. Apr 21, 2015
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A shopper asked: My bike calls for a 79V rear and 58v front. Please add the load ratings for us out here to make shopping easier! Apr 9, 2012
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RevZilla: The following front tires are 58W rated. V-rated tires are speed-rated up to 150mph; W-rated tires are speed-rated up to 168mph.

120/70ZR18 (59W rated)

The rear tire with the highest load rating is only rated to 75W, which is up to 853 lbs. A 79 load rating is equal to 963 lbs.

The recommended tire for the K1200LT is the Metzeler ME880 (Front) (Rear) . The recommended 160/70VB17 reinforced rear tire and 120/70VB17 front tire achieve the combined load and speed rating.
Aug 10, 2012
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Crazymac: 54R Aug 9, 2012
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A shopper asked: I have a Kawasaki 2012 650R. What is the largest rear tire i can use to switch out the stock tire? Dec 6, 2012
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RevZilla: Officially, we cannot recommend any tire size other than that which was originally equipped from the manufacturer, as we are unable to guarantee fitment and clearance. Dec 6, 2012
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