Award Winning SportSmart Launched In Australia

01 December 2010

Ultimate in Motorcycle Tyre Performance, Confidence and Endurance

Race-quality grip in the dry, total confidence in the wet, and wear rates that don't compromise sporting satisfaction. Put it all together and you've got an ultimate hypersports tyre. But for street and occasional track day riders, this ultimate combination of performance and longevity has never quite managed to make the jump from concept to reality, until now.

Enter the new, award winning Dunlop Sportmax SportSmart with race-bred NTEC technology.

By focusing all its road and motorsports experience into the SportSmart project, Dunlop has created a new benchmark of handling and confidence, irrespective of riding conditions – dry racetrack or wet roads.

The SportSmart delivers the highest levels of performance while also capable of putting in the hard touring kilometres. Riders can expect noticeably more mileage from SportSmart than they would achieve with other hypersports tyres.

"We believe that if riders had the technology, experience and resources to design and build their own ideal sports tyre, the Dunlop Sportmax SportSmart is the tyre they would end up creating," said Ken Wieden, Dunlop Motorcycle & Motorsport Manager.

"It's an excellent combination of all the attributes an enthusiast would want in a tyre – strong grip in all conditions, very predictable handling characteristics and sensible wear rates.

"One of the key features that really set the SportSmart apart from the competition though is the introduction of Dunlop's race-bred NTEC pressure-adjust system – available for the first time ever in a street tyre. For street riding the rear tyre operates best with conventional street pressures, however for track day use the rider simply reduces the rear tyre pressure to between 21 – 24 PSI to gain massive grip level improvements.

"We're very proud of our engineers' achievement with SportSmart. Dunlop invented the pneumatic tyre in 1888. In the SportSmart, I think our team might well have reinvented the sports motorcycle tyre."

Adding weight to the tyre's credentials, the SportSmart took out first place overall in the MOTORRAD (Germany) Motorcycle Tyre Test 2010, as well as named the Motorcycle News (UK) 2010 'Product of the Year – Tyre'.

In concluding the SportSmart as the overall winner, MOTORRAD said; "what a balancing act between wet and dry grip, SportSmart masters it best and is thus a deserving winner."

Similarly, when announcing this year's Motorcycle News top honour, editor Marc Potter said; "the Dunlop SportSmart is the clear Product of the Year – Tyre victor in 2010."

During Independent testing performed by DEKRA in January 2010 on a SUZUKI GSX-R 1000 (2009) on 120/70ZR17 and 190/50ZR17, the Dunlop SportSmart also achieved approximately:

20% better mileage than Michelin Power Pure30% better mileage than Pirelli Diablo Rosso40% better mileage than Bridgestone Battlax BT-016

Dunlop has achieved the ideal rider's package of strong dry performance, reassuring wet grip and endurance in the SportSmart through the intelligent application of three ground-breaking Dunlop technologies: the race-bred NTEC pressure-adjust system, MultiTread compound design, and the Jointless Belt (JLB) construction.

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