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.
Numerous niche subcategories now exist within key segments of the motorcycle market, a phenomenon mirroring the high proportion of bike owners riding for pleasure. This blurring of traditional segment boundaries presents a challenge to tyre makers, who must decide between a ‘one size fits all’ approach or striving to meet the individual needs of a growing number of rider groups. For Dunlop, it was an easy decision.
The big news from Dunlop this spring is the imminent release of a new hypersport tyre range, the fifth it has introduced in the last two years. “Dunlop is now the freshest and most diverse range in the hypersport segment,” declares Carpentier when introducing the SportSmart Mk3. This successor to the SportSmart 2 Max is Dunlop’s most balanced hypersport product, and as such will be its biggest volume seller in the segment. The SportSmart Mk3 has been launched in one front and five rear sizes.