The release of the Dunlop SportSmart Mk3 in a new 160/60ZR17 rear tyre size extends the range’s fitment suitability to some of the best-selling mid-size sports bikes from manufacturers such as Kawasaki, Honda and Triumph. These current-generation bikes are amongst the 85 motorcycle models that can wear the latest SportSmart Mk3 specification.
Dunlop is very happy with Scooter & Sport magazine’s decision to name its ScootSmart overall winner in its test of five tyre brands. In its January/February magazine (Issue 1/2020), the German publication fitted the size 120/70-15 front and 140/70-14 rear tyres to a Honda Forza 300 and evaluated them with a focus on dry and wet grip and handling.
The latest Dunlop tyre to carry the name Mutant may deserve the moniker thanks to its ability to ‘morph’ into various segments of the motorcycle market. Owing its origins to a combination of knowledge gained in hypersport and touring tyres as well as technologies developed in wet-weather racing, the Dunlop Mutant range of five front and six rear sizes is positioned to “provide all-season, all-roads versatility” to over 370 different models of motorcycle, whether they be adventure bike, sport-touring, naked, retro or scrambler.
Dunlop has shared further details about its Trailmax Meridian, one of three new Dunlop motorcycle tyres scheduled for release in the second half of this year. Introducing the newcomer, Dunlop declares that a ‘new adventure dawns’ for the adventure bike sector. Sitting in the range above the TrailSmart MAX, the Trailmax Meridian has been developed around the very specific and complex requirements of the most technically advanced adventure bikes.
The long-standing Dunlop and Harley Davidson relationship begins a new journey this year, with Harley Davidson announcing that its 2018 series Fat Bob and Fat Bob S will be fitted with Dunlop’s new D429 tyres.
One of the technologies Dunlop race-tested during its engagement in FIM World Motocross Grand Prix Championship (MXGP) last year was an improved tread pattern with tie-bars between shoulder blocks. When coupled with a new block arrangement, this configuration provided higher resistance against cracking when ridden on firm intermediate terrain. Dunlop also found this resistance was further helped by an all-new compound with higher shear resistance. It has now incorporated these developments into a new multi-terrain MX tyre, the Dunlop Geomax MX33.
A year has passed since Dunlop brought the RoadSmart III to market, and the initial 18 specification range is now being extended with a new variant designed for the growing premium touring and sport scooter market. The RoadSmart III SC is positioned above the ScootSmart in Dunlop’s portfolio and has been designed to provide a high level of all-season performance and durability.
Dunlop has launched its successor to the Elite 3 motorcycle tyre line in Europe, and claims higher mileage potential from this all-new product, the Elite 4. The range, which is available in both radial and cross-ply constructions, includes four rear sizes that feature Dunlop’s Multi-Tread (MT) technology and seven front tyres – a size line up intended to offer fitments for a large variety of cruiser and touring models.