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Old 09-27-2019, 12:47 PM   #1
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My take on the Dunlop Roadsmart III

Hey guy I made a video today after experiencing some issues with my Dunlop Roadsmart 3's during cold weather/damp riding.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xr027G3Bqg&t=13s
I'd be interested to hear your take of them so far.

I really enjoy running the Michelin PR4GTs on my T120... Best tire I've found in cold weather stick, warm up time and wet weather grip. The RS3's just don't hold a torch to the Michelins.

Anyway PSA for ya!

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Old 09-27-2019, 02:59 PM   #2
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I have them, no complaints , they are wearing well and are fine in the rain . I may try PR5's next if the price is right .
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Old 09-28-2019, 05:00 AM   #3
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I have heard allot of folks LOVE them if they ride bellow the Mason Dixon line.

Noticing some issues in sub 50' weather. Just hard as rocks, and not confident inspiring at all when cold. The Michelins always seemed to do well no matter what the temp was and heated up much quicker.
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Old 09-30-2019, 05:31 AM   #4
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that's pretty much any sport touring tire when temps start to get low.

My angel gts, pr2 and pr3s started to get hard in the sub 50s, just takes longer to warm them up.
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Old 09-30-2019, 06:09 AM   #5
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I have about 80K miles on PR4Gts and Road 5's (on my T120 and Concours 14). But they definitely warm up the best and in wet & cold are worlds better than the RS3 I have now. IMHO
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:39 AM   #6
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80k miles!!! Wow!
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Old 09-30-2019, 11:45 AM   #7
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I average 30K miles a season. My 2018 T120 just clicked over to 41K miles. I grabbed the FZ1 this year for sport touring duty and commuting (sharing the mileage burden of the T120). I have been running a Michelin Combo of a Road 5 in the rear and Michelin Pilot Road 4GT for the front. 150/70 ZR17 rear and 12/70 ZR18 Front complete with the tubeless conversion. Really good combo on the Bonneville.

I always ran my Connie 14 with Pilots until a buddy got slammed by a Drunk driver and it was totaled out, I had over 40K miles on that bike with those tires, always seemed to hold up the best... FZ1 has taken it's place.

HAHA You can say I also run a Pilot Road 4 GT on my TU250X to but it uses the spent fronts from the T120 on the rear and I use Michelin City Pro on the front. Has very sure traction in all road types and will even do light off road work (no Mud) well with this setup.
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Old 09-30-2019, 01:01 PM   #8
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They suck when cold, fall into corners causing an unnerving correction every time. Cold tar snakes and wet tarmac may end you.
Never got used to 3 apexes, replaced early and sold off a spare set.
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Old 10-01-2019, 05:03 AM   #9
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They suck when cold, fall into corners causing an unnerving correction every time. Cold tar snakes and wet tarmac may end you.
Never got used to 3 apexes, replaced early and sold off a spare set.
My riding style definitely changes in the beginning and end of my daily riding seasons (when I'm working with ice and snow). I have maybe one more month of solid daily riding on the big bikes (T120 and FZ1), then I will need to pull my truck off the battery tender and out of storage. I keep riding though even if it's only a few hundred miles a week, I go to my little reliable TUX, I'll be putting the "snow" tires on and off we get!

Ain't my first rodeo, you don't grab nearly 400K miles of riding experience at age 35 by being stupid.

Just keeping all informed that the Roadsmart 3 is not as good as the Pilot Road series (4&5) in the cold weather.

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Old 10-09-2019, 08:30 PM   #10
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Holy hell Jedz. I've been pretty unsure about my roadsmart 3's but tonight solidified it for me. Sure, fine when it's warm out, stick pretty well even. It's 47 now and even after riding the nearly 10 miles back from the last cruise in at Portland International Raceway for the season I had the biggest pucker pulling out into traffic only a few blocks to go to my house. 90 right from a stop with only medium throttle straightening out put me into a full lock, one leg down situation. Only thing going thru my head was "hell no I'm not smashing my new exhaust!" as I managed to straighten it out then wheelie my embarrassed ass down the road then down a side street to my place. My riding buddy says it was mostly skill to ride out of it but even I say there was a ton of luck involved tonight.
Will most definitely be taking it easier on these tires during the cold months. Starting to think I may look around for something that sticks in the cold better instead of that in-between of performance/longevity.

Keep it safe out there y'all!
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