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Digital Subscriptions > Fast Bikes > 353 - June 2019 > DUNLOP SPORTSMART mk3


Dunlop’s launched itsfifth hypersport tyreintwo years, and thisone’s gotfast road riding written all overit.

It’s the brand’s most street-orientated product in their hypersport familia, with a 90% road bias, aimed at sportsbike and naked riders alike. Following in the footsteps of three prior SportSmart products (first introduced in 2010), the new iteration is, unsurprisingly, the best yet, with a claimed 20% gain (rear grip) in wet weather performance, thanks to a new compound (dual at the rear), grip resins and an optimised tread pattern. Dunlop’s also claiming a faster warm-up time and more even wear, owing to the largely different front profile that better relates to the one at the derriere. The biggest gain, however, is perhaps the rear’s 15% hike in durability, which is attributed to all of the above changes, plus tweaks to the rubber’s Rayon carcass. Sounds good, eh, but how does the hype translate to the Tarmac? To get a first-hand grasp, we headed out to Barcelona where the lovely folk at Dunlop had lined up an assortment of tasty two-wheelers, ready for a spanking on the surrounding mountain roads. The idea was to take a two-hour ride to Parcmotor race track, where a horde of box-fresh ZX-6Rs would showcase their track-capable prowess. The plan was implacable, but I must have missed the part in the briefing about throwing a beach towel over your preferred steed before breakfast, meaning it was a wallowing whale of a Tracer that was left to power me to the circuit (… oh, how the others laughed).

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