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Dunlop Sportmax Q3 Rear Tires
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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Reviews & Questions
I can't speak on their wet handling performance but the dry handling performance is amazing.
The Q3s provide the rider with the necessary feedback, grip and handling which in turn inspires confidence.
The downside to the grip and handling is the overall tire/tread life. Even with routine tire care (pressure monitoring), I could just barely get 4238 miles out of them - based on some aggressive back road commutes to work, trips around town, some highway miles and some rips on the PA turnpike once per month. I'm certain that if I had thrown a couple of track days in there, I probably wouldn't have gone passed 3800 miles with them.
I love the way they perform, I hate that I've gone from buying one set of tires per season to two sets per riding season.
Performance comes at a price and the Q3s are worth it -
Don't think buy the Q3 you'll thank yourself later after your done kicking yourself that you didn't buy them sooner.
I ran these tires hard any chance I got. I have no unused portion of the tire. I had a few days where the rain caught me and it became a downpour which it gripped better than expected.
Overall between blasting on ramps on the freeway or hitting the track this tire performs great! Will be buying another set of em.
I wanted to try something even stickier, and the Q3's were $160 cheaper than another set of PR4 GT's. I figured why not?
Turns out these tires work great on heavy bikes too. I ride the canyons and sometimes there are puddles of gravel freshly fallen from the cliff sides. More than a few times I've committed to a corner at a moderate lean angle and rode right though the gravel with no drama. I can actually feel the tires roll over the small rocks, pick 'em up, and throw them out the back.
These tires are 100% confidence inspiring. I just took off the rear tire at 3,777 miles because it was starting to slip under heavy throttle. The front tire looks like it will last another 2,000 miles. Considering how inexpensive these tires are, they're worth every penny, and are a good value. I'd rather pay less for these Q3's and get new tires more often than the longer lasting PR4 GT's.
Check out the photos of my tread wear from 3,777 miles of riding. BTW, I'm 300lbs. and my front wheel is usually hovering so if you're a normal rider on a 450lbs sport bike these tires will last quite a bit longer.
Check out my video to see how these tires were ridden.
over 2 years ago
Feedback and turn in is top notch. The carcass is incredibly stiff and that made me far more confident in corners. I could feel the BTs wobble going over road imperfections at speed, especially on the banked roads of California. The Q3s don't move.
Wear, so far (200 miles in), is excellent. They don't slide nearly as easily as the BTs and that's giving them better wear characteristics. My traction control light would flash at least 10 times on an evening ride and I haven't seen it go on nearly as much with these. If it does, it's because the front tire is lifting, not the rear spinning. They don't ball up like most tires, and they don't even really get that nice peach skin after a hot and heavy ride. They stay smooth... Strange... But I will accept the better wear and longer life!
They heat up fast, and honestly, don't change that much. Even cold they have great feel and grip and that was a surprise.
It doesn't rain here, so I can't say I've put them to the test in any water.
I would highly recommend them.
Approved tyres...Metzeler Sportec M3 . . . .Bridgestone BT015. . . . . . .Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier....by Triumph
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?
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 group
I've tried the original Pilot Powers back in '04 and didn't care for them on the street so I never tried any PP successors. The original Qualifiers did everything I asked.
Keep in mind, PPs work great on other bikes for other people. A bikes geometry and such determines this. If you have a Zuki, for instance, it may not work as well for you, just like PPS didn't work well for me.
I run these tires on my 2008 Yamaha FJR1300 and have gone through 3 sets. I usually get around 5,000 miles on a set. With my last set I only got 4,000 but this was a trip through Texas, Arizona, Utah etc. where the daytime temps were 90 to 110 degrees and I was fully loaded with luggage and my wife on the back. These tires are for a combination of touring and doing the twisties. They are of a softer ply and road temps will definitely have an effect on the performance of the tire.
Google these tires and include 'review' to pull up what others have to say.
Hope this helps.
The 1/2 inch difference in rim width would change the cross section of the tire in a way that it would have a different contact patch than what you might want at a given lean angle. When I used to race in the early 2000s, I saw people put 180s on in place of their 170s (because race rubber didn't come in 170) and the wear on the tires showed that they were using up the edge of the rear tire too soon and the front couldn't be used up enough to get onto the largest contact patch for secure turning and grip at speed. Keep in mind, that was race rubber and race cross sections, not street profile. That may not apply so badly with the Q3. Still, I don't like to tempt fate with mismatched tire and rim widths
That aside, the Q3 is a very nice tire. I have it on my Ninja 1000 and I'm and absolute bastard when I ride. Tons of grip everywhere I go. I have about 3000 miles on it so far and is due for replacement because I've squared it off from the straight roads. I only have 1 track day on it (at 200 miles) and thought it was fantastic. The grip is easily what the Dunlop 208 GP-A tires were back in the day and probably even grippier and definitely lasted more than a race weekend. :)