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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 Roadsmart II 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
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
I did the review on the Back tire as well.
In short, unless you spend all day everyday at the track this is a great tire. Keep in mind that it is indeed a touring/ sport touring tire.
March 5, 2015
Great tire. Received it speedy fast.
Bike now handles like a dream. Received it so fast from Revzilla. I really appreciate that.
October 14, 2014
Second roadsmart 2
Honda RC51, use more as a sport tour now and these are superb at that task. For the road they grip in dry an wet conditions equally well. My choice for anyone looking for sort tire grip but long wear. 10,000 on my last rear tire.
August 4, 2014
Got 6000 miles on the last set. Not great but about average for me. Good traction and good ride. I like the even wear. Not much flat spotting in the center even with a fair amount of slab miles.
December 2, 2013
1 of the best overall
The only thing that I wish this tire could produce is longevity. The best I can get is around 8000 miles, with the Michelin Pilot Road 2 I rolled out close to 10000 miles. But I will sacrifice a little wear for better traction that's why I went back to the Dunlop. I run the full set on my 05 FJR and 07 RT1200. Definitely a good tire.
November 4, 2013
Great all weather tire
Wonderful tire! The Dunlop Road Smart 2 has delivered as promised. Whether in great sun drenched roads or rain coated highways...I'm satisfied. Wear on the tire is as expected and no known issues with tire life at all.
August 20, 2013
Works well once warmed up. Every corner feels very sure no matter how steep the corner.
July 25, 2013
As part of my winter mods I needed to replace my front tire due to wear. I haven't actually gotten it out yet but can't wait!
April 3, 2013
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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
Stetson W: I choose this tire because I ride 24/7 and the last set i got 8,000 or more hard miles of use from them in all types of weather, and I have even used them on a track day. These are some of the stickiest touring tires out there for the money. Very durable.Feb 13, 2015
A S: I have the Roadsmarts and love them, so why not upgrade to these.Feb 12, 2015
Jennifer V: "Cheaper than Pilot Road 3 and I tend to prefer the "feel" of Dunlops. This new-to-me bike simply eats the Brigestones Ive been using. Never tried these tires, but Im sure they will be great on the 2003 FZ1. "Jan 18, 2015
anthony m: bought the rear and just realized the front needs replacing too.Oct 28, 2014
S P: I experienced irregular wear on the sidewalls of a Michelin PR4 front tire at 3,500 miles on my FJR. It cause vibration for the remainder of a 7,700 mile trip, and seemed to be caused by the tread design. Every forth tread block wore prematurely where the channel separated it from being anchored in the harder rubber compound. My friend riding on Roadsmart 2's had the best looking front tire at the end of the trip.Oct 22, 2014
David S: Best match for an older sportsmax roadsmart rear tire on my 1200 RTMay 12, 2014
Tom M: Longer life yet still at the performance level of Sportmax Q2, excellent choice for high performance spot touring and sport bike riders who like spirited riding and a track day now and then.May 3, 2014
Stephen M: When it comes to the oxymoron that are sport-touring tires, these do a pretty good job of facilitating the task. The transition between compounds is quite smooth with the center giving decent longevity (5k plus) and the sides being sticky enough to have some real fun. That said, by nature of it's design, the front tire is prone to "cupping," especially where the two compounds meet as tire nears the end of it's life. How much cupping depends on how aggressive you ride. Overall, a great tire.Nov 4, 2013
A shopper asked:I felt it would be necessary to replace my tires at the end of a late Sept./Oct. '13, last blast moto-trip. While in the middle of a 2800 mile trip from CO to ARK and back, the front tire on my '01 Kawa Concours ZG1000A had worn into the wear bars and had to be replaced at a metric-bike dealer shop in Rogers, Ark. After doing some pre-ride homework , I had already decided to replace the pair with Dunlop RoadSmart II's. But the shop I was at did not have any in stock and I couldn't wait for parts shipment. I want to know if there's a size made that will fit my Concours, or what the next best tire recommendation for the Concours application with the same ride qualities as the RoadSmart IIs? We did a lot of twisties/curve carving in the Ozarks on this last trip and I experienced "squirrelly" patches on the Dunlop K701 (120/70 R18 front, with approx. 13k) & K707 (150/80 R16 rear, with approx. 8k). I will be changing out at least the rear tire over this winter "break". I just hope I have more options than the OEM specific tires. Thanks for your help and advice.Oct 29, 2013
Miles F:I have tried three of the popular sports-touring tires and have the following thoughts (in order of preference) : Dunlop RoadSmart 2: excellent turn in (tire has good shape), smooth ride, great performance in the wet and the longevity close to other two, although odd 'whining sound when cranked over towards end of life"
bridgestone bt023 GT - stiffer ride than the other two, but excellent durability, wet weather performance 3rd and had confidence in its handling. Cheapest by far.
Michelin Pilot Road 3 - smooth if active ride, amazing wet weather performance and longevity was good. However, in hot weather, front tire felt unstable under very hard braking. When it first came out, people loved it, but most of my riding buddies have moved away from it. Most expensive.Oct 29, 2013
Kevin G:My son and I rode about 4600 miles on our summer vacation this year north to Montana through the rockies, then back to DFW. We put these tires on his Yamaha FZR6R prior to the trip. They are showing about half tread life at this time, which he probably has put another couple hundred miles on since our return. I have also had great results on my FJR, great traction in the twists and really good life on the center.Nov 2, 2013
Michael H:I put these on my BMW R1200RT when I was on the east coast. Then did a riding class through the "invisible roads" of WV. Then back to the west coast with a side trip on the tail of the dragon. Then did trips to So CA. and up the AlCan Hwy a ways. (I live in eastern OR) Got 14.5K miles on the rear tire and front is still going. These replaced Michelin Pilot Road lll and I like them betterNov 24, 2013
A S:I also ride a ZG1000 (1999). The "OEM" tire is not an actual 120 and if replaced with a real 120 it will tend to roll a bit as it is pinched. the 110/80 18 is the actual size you need up front and will make for a very secure ride.
for more info check out the Concours Owners Group Forum where you can find out TONS of info for your Connie....be safe...Apr 19, 2015