Dunlop Roadsmart III Motorcycle Tire Review

//Dunlop Roadsmart III Motorcycle Tire Review

Dunlop Roadsmart III Motorcycle Tire Review

Dunlop Roadsmart III Tire

Dunlop Roadsmart III: Performance touring is born.

Less Wear: Works Better for Longer.

More Where: Ride Thousands More Miles.

Dunlop claims that the all new Dunlop Roadsmart III touring tire is unlike any other touring tire on the market. Every once in a while, a product comes along that redefines a category. Call it Performance Touring, the ability for a tire to not only last longer, but to perform at a higher level throughout its lifetime.

Historically touring tires have focused around longevity, not performance that lasts. Designed to work on everything from middle-weight sport bikes for riders looking for more mileage, to big, powerful performance-touring machines. The Roadsmart III is made to work better for longer and built to withstand the test of time.

Dunlop Roadsmart III Features:

– Dunlop’s exclusive MT Multi-Tread™ design binds a high-mileage compound to the center, and high-adhesion compound to the lateral flanks for high cornering grip.

 – Optimized construction for mileage and wet performance.

 – New front and rear tire compounds enhance wear resistance.

 – Rear tire profile designed to increase the footprint and improve mileage.

 – Innovative new cross groove tread pattern in the rear tire achieves better drainage in the wet for more grip.

 – New sidewall construction helps to provide superior shock absorption and precise handling.

Intrigued by this new design, I wanted to put these tires to the test myself. So I jumped on the opportunity when Dunlop invited us out to take a spin on the all new Roadsmart III.

It has been some time since I’ve been on a sport touring bike. I was unfamiliar to the roads and weather left dirt and rocks scattered across the road. The slippery wet debris usually make for a difficult ride, but perfect for a touring tire test.

Sport touring riders need a solid all-around tire that can take on varying terrain. From rocks, debris, to water sport touring riders run into it all. Fortunately for this test there was plenty of water on the road. On the wet surfaces the Dunlop Roadsmart III left me very impressed. I’ve never felt this solid on wet roads. Transitioning from wet to dry surfaces in a corner was not a problem. While braking on wet surfaces it seemed as if the water wasn’t even there. Through all the rocks, debris and water these tires took everything I gave them and asked for more.

Through varying surfaces, from cornering to accelerating the Dunlop Roadsmart III maintained solid grip with the road. Through corners the grip was consistent with no variance in its response no matter how much lean angle I gave it. Braking again overall was no problem. I never experienced a slide or wiggle. This is a tire you can trust if you find yourself in a situation where you need to stop abruptly.

Dunlop claims that the Roadsmart III will perform well even with some serious mileage. Unfortunately I did not get to test tires with varying mileage. Although, I plan to try them at the first opportunity I can. The technology is very sound so I have no doubt I will be impressed yet again by Dunlop.


Overall the Dunlop Roadsmart III is an impressive all around tire. I would recommend this innovative tire from Dunlop to the rider looking for high-mileage and high-performance with performance that will last the test of time.

  Size Load/Speed
Sportmax Roadsmart III Front 120/60ZR17 (55W)
  120/70ZR17 (58W)
  110/80R18 58V
  120/70ZR18 (59W)
Sportmax Roadsmart III Rear 160/60ZR17 (69W)
  160/70ZR17 (73W)
  170/60ZR17 (72W)
  180/55ZR17 (73W)
  190/50ZR17 (73W)
  190/55ZR17 (75W)

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By |2017-02-27T08:32:49+00:00February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Reviews|7 Comments

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  1. Kroeter February 27, 2017 at 9:09 am

    I’ve got the Roadsmart II’s on my ’99 TL1000R. Good tire at a good price. The III’s are definitely on my shopping list.

  2. Guy February 25, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    The cross tourer is the new bike of the decade I’ve owned Harley’s for decades including my prize 52 pan . But if Harley Davidson doesn’t get with the program and build a good cross tourer the Will be in trouble again like the 70’s . American people like change

  3. Geoff Milne February 23, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Sounds great are they going to make these tires for the ultimate touring bike?? Goldwing if you need to ask.
    Front 130/70 R 18 63H
    Rear 180/60 R 16 74H

  4. John February 23, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Could someone identify these bikes?

    • Kaitlyn Beecroft February 24, 2017 at 9:45 am

      2016 BMW R1200RT

      • John Reynolds February 24, 2017 at 7:42 pm

        Thanks. Very nice bike.

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