Dunlop Q3 Sportmax Rear Tires
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  • Dunlop Q3 Sportmax Rear Tires
  • Dunlop Q3 Sportmax Rear Tires

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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.

Features:

  • 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
4.9 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4.8 / 5
Features
4.6 / 5
Style
4.8 / 5
Grip
4.9 / 5
Tread Life
4 / 5
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Rear / 180/55ZR17 73W 899404 32SM32/32SM-32 In Stock: Ships next business day
Rear / 190/50ZR17 73W 899405 32SM22/32SM-22 In Stock: Ships next business day
Rear / 190/55ZR17 75W 899406 32SM65/32SM-65 In Stock: Ships next business day
Rear / 160/60ZR17 69W 899409 32SM51/32SM-51 In Stock: Ships next business day
Rear / 200/50ZR17 75W 899413 32SM82/32SM-82 In Stock: Ships next business day
Rear / 240/40ZR18 79W 899414 32SM88/32SM-88 In Stock: Ships next business day

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4.9 / 5.0
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4.8 / 5
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4.6 / 5
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4.9 / 5
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4.0 / 5
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5 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
2 / 5
An excellent tire!
I use these tires on my Ducati 996 and YZF600R. They are quick to warm up (about 5-10 minutes depending on ambient temps). One of the biggest things with ANY tire is the amount of feedback the tire is giving you regarding road surface and how much traction is available. Ultimately, if you know these things, your confidence level rises dramatically. The Q3 provides loads of information, and as a bonus, helps smooths out mid corner bumps. Disclosure: My two bikes are ridden exclusively on the street - that being noted, these tires provide exceptional grip mid corner with no mid corner movements while deeply leaned in. Braking performance is outstanding. Mileage will be about 3000 on my 996 and 3500 on my YZF600R. You shouldn't buy this tire if you're looking for long tire life. To me, these tires feel a little better than the Bridgestone S20s that I had prior, and that was a great tire as well. I feel more of what the front and rear are doing than I did with the S20s. For 16 years, I have been a Bridgestone guy. These Dunlops have impressed me enough to buy them again. I am impressed with the Dunlops enough that I just purchased Roadsmart IIs for the YZF for additional tire life, while keeping the 996 shod with Q3s. I bought my first set because Dunlop gave a rebate, making the purchase easier. I'm staying with them because of the quality. If you ride on the street, as I do, and you want an EXTREMELY communicative tire that holds its line, giving you confidence that means you can focus on the road ahead instead of your tires, give a set of the Q3s a try. You will not be disappointed.
April 25, 2016
Ride:
2000 Yamaha YZF600R
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
4 / 5
Great tire tread life low
This is an amazing tire and very sticky in the twisties. It feels like your on rails but I see many reviews listing 4-6 k and cannnot agree with that at all. If you ride fairly aggressive then the max you can expect is 2-2500k. Ride harder like I do and expect max 2000k. The sticky rail is definetly the way to go riding aggressive but you pay for that trust in lower mileage.
February 26, 2016
Ride:
2015 BMW S1000RR
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
2 / 5
A Love Hate Relationship
I purchased my first pair in early Spring and have been completely impressed with the performance of these tires.
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 -
October 16, 2014
Ride:
2009 Yamaha YZF-R1
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
4 / 5
Best sportbike tire for the money
For the price, you won't beat the performance of this tire. I ride a crossplane R1 extremely hard. Dragging knee has never been so easy. I can't even get the tire to howl or complain under hard braking and it won't slide under vicious acceleration compared to many other brands I have used. I have ridden hard in the rain as well. The Q3 is just incredible. Amazing product and I am not easy to please. Will be buying again
February 17, 2015
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Where is the OH &%$#@ YA I RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT?
I previously purchased the Dunlop Q2s and they transformed my Busa into Spider Bike, so I had high hopes when I went for the Q3s for my Honda RC51 (RVT1000RR) the tires I had on the bike had a tendency to slide out at 7-8/10th riding and would slide in town which was not what you want with a bike with a lot of torque. I just got the Q3s today and they are stickier cold and brand new than the previous tires were broken in and warmed up! You know how they say take it easy for the first 20-100 miles? Nope (Not saying go get your knee down in the first 100 yards) but the warmed up so fast and stuck so well that I was absolutely in heaven within less than 1 MILE! No more riding fatigue, no more diverting mental ram to controlling a slide on corner entry, mid corner and pushing wide on corner exit! Just set and round you go! Do I recommend this product? OH %$#@ YA! If they only last 1,000 miles it's money well spent, because I'm not worried about sliding over 2 lanes with my knee on the deck and a guard rail sucking me in to eat my Repsol paint off my one of a kind custom RC!
Don't think buy the Q3 you'll thank yourself later after your done kicking yourself that you didn't buy them sooner.

Rant ends.
November 30, 2013
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Excellent Tire - Be Careful Though!
This is my 3rd set of Q3's. I thought I would write a review of them. First of all, these tires will last you exactly 4,000 miles if you run them at about 32psi and ride them hard on a 600cc sportbike. You could probably get 6k+ with higher pressures and less aggressive riding. The Q3's grip excellently and I recommend them for the weekend warrior canyon carver + track addict. I will have to mention though that I have had 2 sets of Q3's replaced under warranty due to a hazardous defect in the rear tire where the edges begin to eat themselves up from the side of the tire. If you inspect your tire carefully you will find that a 2 - 3" line coming up from both sides in exactly the same spot. Make sure to watch out for this bad batch. I have crashed on the Q3's several times. These tires are EXTREMELY sensitive to pressure. For street riding, I do not recommend anything below 32psi especially for the front because the tires begin to get greasy and start sliding around. For track riding, you may be able to lower the pressures slightly. But keep in mind, even 1 psi will make an enormous difference in the way the tire feels/grips. Other than that, the Q3's offer an excellent value and have tons of grip!
November 25, 2013
Ride:
2005 Yamaha YZF-R6
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
5 / 5
Grips like mad!
Okay, so in the tire's defense I got about 4,500-4,800 out of it but with two small burnouts and one massive one for my friend who passed.

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.
June 12, 2015
Ride:
2014 Yamaha FZ-09
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
5 / 5
50/50 Track Day Tires on a Party Barge? You Bet!
I had some trepidation about putting these on my 606lbs. touring rig. My OEM tires were Michelin PR4 GT's which were excellent. The PR4 GT rear tire lasted 5,551 miles. The front would have lasted another 3,000 miles based on how much tread it had left.

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.
October 30, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Ride:
2015 BMW R1200RT
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
3 / 5
sticky tire
Been on and off the track with these. Very sticky when leaned over. I did have a "cold" tire slip, but is was 45 degrees outside and I just started riding. I mean less than 2 miles. Otherwise, they warm up fast and give good feel.
June 17, 2014
Ride:
1986 Suzuki GSX-R750
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
5 / 5
EXCELLENT
After having my stock BT-016 tires last about 2200 miles on the BMW, it was time for some freshies. These were affordable and had good reviews so I figured I'd give them a try. I've had 9 bikes, mostly sportbikes, and have tried a lot of different tires... Mostly stuck to Michelin (PP, PP2ct, PPPure, etc)

EXCELLENT tires.

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.
March 27, 2015
Ride:
2014 BMW S1000RR
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