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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 Technolog… Read More

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Dunlop Sportmax Q3 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 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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4.9 / 5.0
238 Reviews
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5 / 5
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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
2000 Yamaha YZF600R
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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
5 / 5
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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
2015 BMW S1000RR
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
5 / 5
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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
2009 Yamaha YZF-R1
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
2005 Yamaha YZF-R6
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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
5 / 5
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
over 3 years ago
2015 BMW R1200RT
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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
2014 Yamaha FZ-09
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tread Life
5 / 5
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)


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
2014 BMW S1000RR
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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
1986 Suzuki GSX-R750
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Recommended by a fellow motor cycle rider
Carl P on Oct 27, 2017
Picked up a small nail. Replacing with same tire.
Harold H on Sep 6, 2017
Recommended by a fellow motor cycle rider
Carl P on Oct 27, 2017
Fits my 1999 Ducati M750 Dark and is the best rated tire among my riding friends.
Lawrence R on Oct 8, 2017
Picked up a small nail. Replacing with same tire.
Harold H on Sep 6, 2017
My mechanic recommended it when I bought the Dunlop front tire.
Michael T on Sep 2, 2017
that's what it had on the bike
osvaldo r on Aug 30, 2017
Excellent grip and decent mileage!
Jeffrey M on Aug 17, 2017
Great reviews and previous experience with Dunlop Tires (D208ZR)
Nicholas P on Aug 15, 2017
current tires are low, the q3s are great
Susan P on Aug 11, 2017
I've used rosso iii previously and would like to see if i prefer these tires.
Austin B on Aug 6, 2017
Rode on em for a few hundred miles on my brothers bike, need to replace my tires and loved the feel of these.
Benjamin H on Jul 28, 2017
I've purchased this set a few times now, and I'm very happy with how they perform. They grip better than all other tires that I've tried.
Christopher F on Jul 27, 2017
A friend strongly recommended the Q2 so I figure I will give the Q3 a try.
chris b on Jul 24, 2017
Good price, good tires.
R O on Jul 21, 2017
Great tire will buy again
William S on Jul 18, 2017
i heard they were good riding tires
Oz C on Jul 12, 2017
Nice grip good mileage like very much
Arunas J on Jul 2, 2017
Confidence inspiring. Lots of grip. Very impressive. So far, used only for track days, and very minimal street riding. Cannot comment on tire longevity however.
James G on Jul 1, 2017
riders say they love the grip, am not an experienced rider so I want to see how a good tire can make the difference, regardless of low tread life.
randy k on Jun 28, 2017
Runs these on all my sport bikes
Nick R on Jun 27, 2017
Heard good things about the Q3 and its true...Ran the Q3 at the track in B Group, and the tires worked great.Plus i got a 40.00 dollar rebate back from Dunlop easy,quick and no hassle's.Very satisfied with purchase.Peace
thomas h on Jun 24, 2017
Needed a decent tire to replace my rear tire w/ a nail in it.
Nathan K on Jun 16, 2017
They meet my riding style needs at a good price
B R on Jun 15, 2017
Most the folks that ride my track run them, and LOVE them
Richard B on Jun 10, 2017
Need tires
Phillip N on Jun 2, 2017
Really good cold weather track tire.
A s on Jun 1, 2017
On recommendation from other riders
Jeremy V on May 31, 2017
heard good reviews about this tire so I tried it and they were right to give this set of tires a good review. two thumbs up!
Bryan A on May 28, 2017
From reading great reviews.
jonathan f on May 15, 2017
performance and price
Hector T on May 12, 2017
Same as above
Gene O on May 12, 2017
Had this tire on my 2000 R1. Can't really see it with anything less.
Adam F on May 10, 2017
A buddy and I have always used P3s. He just recently switched and says that he loves these tires.
David C on May 3, 2017
heard good things about it
Khafid W on May 1, 2017
Recommended from online forums
jim m on Apr 29, 2017
Previous tires were Q2's very impressed with price, grip, and mileage.
Clifford K on Apr 29, 2017
Was the recommended tire for my 2005 R6.
A C on Apr 29, 2017
Really Once I used these its the only tire for Me!
Carlos A on Apr 28, 2017
trying on back, great reviews.Ill let you know
gary H on Apr 27, 2017
Cost is good for the product. Same tire used by the California Superbike School.
Carey D H on Apr 24, 2017
KEGON H on Apr 21, 2017
My second pair of Dunlop Q3 Sportmax tires on my CBR1000rr and am absolutely enjoying them. I have had no issues in the corners or accelerating from a stop or in mid ride and I love it. I have had no issues in rain or cold although I stick mainly to 50 degrees or above but recently rode in 37 degree weather and wet weather and was overjoyed at the performance. I have had no issues with tire flex or any other issues. I love the solid feel of the tire and have no fear with these going fast.
Charles M on Apr 18, 2017
I've had two sets of these tires so far on my CBR954rr and they're incredible. based off how much psi you run, the tires lasted me close to 4500 miles. zero complaints
" " on Apr 6, 2017
Went with reputation and price. They do not disappoint on the track. The CBR600rr feels like it's on rails at Mid Ohio.
manuel s on Apr 6, 2017
it seem'd to be the go to. was not disappointed
james s on Apr 1, 2017
Solid grip and quality
Monte J on Mar 31, 2017
Excellent track day tire at an affordable price
Brian B on Mar 29, 2017
Researched several tire comparisons, this tire always came out in the top 3 for sportbikes.
Travis B on Mar 19, 2017
The Q3 tires have a great reputation at the track for great traction, long life and minimal side wall flex.
John N on Mar 6, 2017
Dunlop tends to be more affordable then Pirelli and the Q3 offers track day/canyon worthy grip with decent tire life. I've used them before I never had any grip issues when pressing hard in canyons. I've read multiple tire reviews that all praise the Q3 with only the Supercorsa Pro offering more grip but at a substantially higher price. I have a dedicated track bike with Dunlop slicks so the Q3 is all I need for my street bike.
S E on Mar 4, 2017
I have used these tires before and they perform amazingly everywhere! I re-purchased these for the feedback they give me and for my confidence in these tires.
Juan L on Mar 1, 2017
Fits my 1999 Ducati M750 Dark and is the best rated tire among my riding friends.
Lawrence R on Oct 8, 2017
My mechanic recommended it when I bought the Dunlop front tire.
Michael T on Sep 2, 2017
2009 triumph speed triple, tire size 120/70 ZR17 Rear Size 180/55 ZR17

Approved tyres...Metzeler Sportec M3 . . . .Bridgestone BT015. . . . . . .Dunlop Sportmax 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?
A shopper on Sep 14, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I can only answer part of your question. The Dunlop Q3's are not a commuter tire. They are intended for aggressive street (50%) and even track conditions (50%). I don't think there's enough data to determine how long they will last under commuter conditions (and there's no carbon reinforcement down the center), but I'll tell you this - I love my 2013 Street Triple even more with Q3's than before, and I didn't think that was possible. If you truly don't want to compromise handling, buy the Q3's and replace them more often than you'd prefer. If you want an efficient commuter tire, I doubt this is your tire. It's too good at what it was built to do -- grip.
Appreciate the tire insight Revzilla gives on tires. 07 ZX-14 trying to decide between PP3 - that replaced the Pures, Conti Attack 2 Hypersport and Q3, which do you recommend for someone who is primarily a spirited weekend street rider?

Thank you,

A shopper on Apr 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Q3 for me too. Hands down best bang for the buck. All the sticky tires wear fast. It's the price of admission. Try 'em all.
Do I have to buy the front tire separate? Or are does it come with it?
Christopher T on May 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You buy each tire separately
I've had Q3s on my sv650 for 3 track days, no street riding, and I've noticed excessive wear on the leading edge of the outside treads of the rear tire. I've also noticed a small crack, maybe half an inch long, in that same worn area. I was running 31 psi in the front and 29 in the rear, no tires warmers. Is this normal?
Zack A on Jun 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have used the Q3's on my CBR 1000rr with great success. I use the following tyre pressure (all checked when hot) 28-30 psi for the front and 24-26 psi rear.
Will this fit my 05 gsxr 600 this is my first time buying tires for my bike I just got it and I'm not sure which tires to get I'm 17 so not rich but this look affordable compared to other ones Iv seen and seem to have everything I'm looking for in my personal tire and recommendations?
A shopper on Mar 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It will fit as long as you get the right size. Your owners manual will list the recommended sizes, which this tire *will* come in. If you don't have the owners manual, it's probably available online.

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
So I am mainly a commuter and ride my bike pretty much in a straight line most of the time. I am torn between getting the q3's again or switching to the Michelin Pilot Road 4's. The thing is I love my q3's as they are cheap and have amazing grip as well with precise steering and I really don't want to give that up. However I don't know if I should be buying these tires as I feel like I don't take full advantage of them as I don't use the edges really with canyon riding or track riding ( I just go to school and work on my motorcycle). Yes the Michelin Pilot Road 4's would last longer and I think are better for commuting, but would they provide the race grip and confidence the q3's provided and is worth that extra money? What do you think guys?? All opinions are appreciated
Thomas L on Sep 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: These tires are fabulous sport-track tires. I recommend them for sport riding all day long. I run them on my Speed Triple and my Panigale for spirited road riding and track days. That said, they are not suitable to commuting; they will square off very quickly. I would be surprised if the profile was not compromised after 1,200 commuter miles. For commuting, you are much better off with the Michelin Pilot Road 4's.
I am looking to replace my Pirelli Rosso Corsas, I am looking at supercorsas and Q3s at the moment. I ride my bike for commuting and track event as well. I want a tire that will do both (I do not mind short life that some has mentioned on the Pirellis) I am more looking for a tire that will work in cold or rather heats up quickly like the Rosso Corsas. Would you mind giving me some suggestions on which one I should choose?
Kin L on Oct 10, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I commute on the q3's and have ridden them in down pours and was surprised with the wet weather performance. I haven't used pirelli so really couldn't compare one to one. I don't do track days, do have spirited rides on the weekend and the q3's haven't disappointed yet. I do ride a hayabusa and normally change tires once a year. My opinion with the q3's is that they are a forgiving tire in the corner and make mid corner adjustments at lean angle with confidence. As for the track, I don't see why the q3 wouldn't be superior at the track for a street tire.
Which set of tires has more grip? Q3 or PP3? Thx
A shopper on Mar 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I've been running the original Qualifiers and Q2s for a lot of years, mostly street but a handful of track days each year mounted to Buells, a Ninja 1000 and a BMW R1100S. The original Qs were great and the Q2 much better in a wider temperature range. The Q3 is awesome on the Buells and the Ninja, the BMW is gone now. It falls in quickly, remains stable leaned over, doesn't brake loose easily under power and will easily throw you over the bars if you panic. I used to race CMRA in Texas and the Q3 is almost as grippy as the Dunlop D211GP but obviously better in the wet and can span butt-hot to very cold street temps.

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.
So I have a 2009 Suzuki Gladius SFV650 and one of my first purchases was getting a pair of these Dunlop Q3 Sportmax tires. I roughly have on the tires just shy of 2k miles and was curious what on average is milage that others are getting out of these tires? I only ask because any "nice" day during the Pennsylvania winter I take the opportunity to ride but feel the bike wanting to slide out. Now I assume its mostly due to the fact the tires are not warm enough to get the necessary grip on the cold/salted blacktop in my area.
A shopper on Feb 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Good day.
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.
Hello, I have a 2013 CBR600rr and think the Q3 would be a great tire. Most of my riding is commuting, but I also race track, as a rookie. My bike will always do double duty. I have a 160 on the rear, is there any advantage to going up in tire size and if so how much? Mainly thinking of better performance on the track, thanks.
A S on Jan 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Your CBR should have a 180/55 on the rear, not a 160. If you want to know about putting on a 190, I would say get that idea out of your head.

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. :)
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