Russ on his Sprint fitted with Dunlop Roadsmarts
I've been asked by Sara to do a short write up on my initial experiences with a new set of Dunlop Roadsmart IIs. I had them fitted on 2nd May 2012 to my Sprint 955 ST and between 10th and 15th May I clocked up over 1,500 miles on them on a little jolly to France. While my old Sprint may not be a superbike and I sure as heck am no track day rider (the only time I get my knee down is when I'm cleaning the old gal!), I know what I need in a tyre. I used to be a Bridgestone boy with the BT020, etc. series of tyres but I'm converted to these Roadsmarts.
A day out for me is normally around 250 - 300 miles so I want tyres that will allow me to "make progress". The France trip involved the journey there and back (wet) with the bike fully loaded on both autoroutes and a mix of the French equivalent of A and B roads. Three days in between were spent finding some of the nicest, twistiest roads that Normandy/Brittany had to offer. These tyres were exemplorary at it all. Turn in to corners is progressive and the level of confidence that they give in cornering is unmatched by any of the Bridgestones I've previously used. Changes in direction from one side to the other are handled without drama even on a big old bike like my ST. One of my mates following actually commented that the bike looked as if it was cornering on rails. In the wet they felt "solid". No twitchiness or nervousness - they just went where you pointed them and that included one section of uphill bends where the water was streaming across the road on each bend.
I know folks have their favourites but if you are thinking of a change, I don't think you will be disappointed with a set of these on your bike.