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Dunlop Sportsmarts

Post by Strad44 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:56 pm

Having viewed other members comments regarding Tyre choice for the SMT, I went for Dunlop Sportsmarts. I am delighted with the choice I have made and can definitely vouch for these tyres. It is early days, and my prime concern would be how they would affect the handling as I had no doubts about the tyre itself. I must say that the handling is superb; very sure-footed in the corners with a crisp corner entry and plenty of feedback.
I feel that Dunlop Sportsmarts are the tyre of choice for the SMT. I do mainly dry sport riding on the road and so if anyone else is contemplating a tyre change, I can recommend the SPortsmarts.

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Re: Dunlop Sportsmarts

Post by Bug » Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:34 am

Now on my second pair. The best tyres I have ever had. Not cheap, but outstanding grip, the best sports tyres currently available. They lasted as long as the Roadsmarts I had on previously, and kept their profile till the end. :D Great even in the rain.
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Post by Scutty » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:29 am

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What mileage did you get from them?
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Post by Bug » Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:58 am

About 3500 miles from the rear tyre. Not bad considering the hard cornering they received. What also impressed me was how evenly the wear was. No noticeable squaring off.
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Post by ogden » Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:20 am

Tyres square off when the sides don't get enough use. If you were doing a lot of hard cornering I'm not surprised they wore evenly.
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Post by Bug » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:54 am

Now on my third set of these tyres & put a pair on my Duke as well. Great sports tyres with loads of feed back, and last really well for such a grippy tyre. Confidence right to the edge.
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Re: Dunlop Sportsmarts

Post by Bug » Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:57 pm

Dunlop have now updated this tyre with SportSmart 2, and having spoken to Dunlop staff (at the recent NEC Bike Show), it is compatible with the original Sports Smart tyre so you could mix them as the older tyre wears out.
The latest tyre has a new front tyre design with a quicker turning profile & they are cheaper !
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Post by ogden » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:34 pm

Bug wrote:having spoken to Dunlop staff (at the recent NEC Bike Show), it is compatible with the original Sports Smart tyre so you could mix them
It's a radial. Of course you can mix it with another bloody radial.
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Re: Dunlop Sportsmarts

Post by Bug » Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:56 pm

Yes I know you can bloody mix radials, but not all tyres are best mixed if you want the benefit as profiles are different. :roll:
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Post by lcjohnny » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:28 am

Might try Sportsmarts next

Not terribly impressed with the feel of PR3 in the wet - or could be I am more of a coward than I thought?? :cry: :cry: :lol:
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Post by ogden » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:32 am

lcjohnny wrote:Not terribly impressed with the feel of PR3 in the wet - or could be I am more of a coward than I thought??
The only tyres I've used on a bike that have worked better in the wet than PR3s are Metzeler Racetec Rains, and I wouldn't really want to be using those on the road.
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Post by lcjohnny » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:38 am

Must be old suspension then

15,000 ml and i am feeling very guilty about original fork oil and shock absorber :( :? :(
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Post by ogden » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:55 am

Mine's just coming up for 23k miles and I'm pretty sure nothing's been done to the suspension at either end beyond a bit of knob-twiddling.

It's not the most razor sharp of machines to start with, just get out there and manhandle the fucker into submission.
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Re: Dunlop Sportsmarts

Post by JJay51 » Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:52 am

If its confidence inspiring on the front you want then i can highly recommend the Avon Pro Xtreme Rain tyre, i used to run them on my 950 sm with a PR2 on the back. brilliant combo especially for shitty gravel strewn lanes.
Held up well under hard riding all year round :D
Im running PR3's front and back and find them ok, they just seem to take a bit of warming up, then again the shit weather and time of year doesnt help :x

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Post by Kernow » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:17 pm

I just ordered a another rear sportsmart and it was £105 inc fitting . I was amazed , I didn't know there was a sportsmart 2 out hence the original is discounted now .
Just checkd my miles and the sportsmart rear has done about the same as the pr3 I had before which I didn't like . best part is the sportsmart isn't squared off much . I guess it feels so much more secure that you use it more in the corners .

Think I might buy a few of the cheap rears if they match with the new front .

My new smt has brand new pr3 fitted they are coming off I think

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Re: Dunlop Sportsmarts

Post by Bug » Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:42 am

Hey Kernow, Did you get the SportSmart 2 rear fitted ?, what is it like compared to the original ?
My rear tyre is almost done, so I will be getting the same fitted,but was looking out for some user reviews.
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Post by kevxtx » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:16 am

I have the 2 on my 1290 & the tyre sticks like glue don't think it will last long.

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Post by LenFerguson » Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:24 am

kevxtx wrote:I have the 2 on my 1290 & the tyre sticks like glue don't think it will last long.
+ 1 Kev. Had the change to let the 1290 loose a bit today and the tyre is sticky but is tearing up heaps. I really like it though and will get them again. Without traction control on though it would be very interesting to see how much it would slide.
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Re: Dunlop Sportsmarts

Post by Kernow » Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:18 am

Bug wrote:Hey Kernow, Did you get the SportSmart 2 rear fitted ?, what is it like compared to the original ?
My rear tyre is almost done, so I will be getting the same fitted,but was looking out for some user reviews.
I had the last of the original so no idea how different the 2 is .

I imagine the super duke is going to give them a much harder time , but I thought mine were wearing fast in the first 1500 miles they looked torn up a bit . The rear dud 3500 k same as the pr3 , it didn't square off and I rode the bike much harder with no slides . Even at the end it seems to have good rubber left that would get you home from a trip . With the tyre removed the centre on the wear bars doesn't feel thin . The front is still good wearing better than any other front tyre so far .

Our roads are all granite clippings like wales and Scotland with lots of fast slow so tyres wear fast here 3500 miles is as good as any of us get

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