Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart III vs. Michelin PR4GT - Longevity Test - BMW K1600 Forum : BMW K1600 GT and GTL Forums
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post #1 of 21 Old 11-11-2019, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart III vs. Michelin PR4GT - Longevity Test

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In its latest ad campaign, Dunlop claims its Sportmax Roadsmart III tires last substantially longer than Michelin's Pilot Road 4GT. I ran them both on my commuting cycle to verify - tune in to find out the results!


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post #2 of 21 Old 11-11-2019, 09:42 AM
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Well done. The scientific method trumps subjective assessment every time. I'm using the Roadsmart III on my R1200RT as well. The front is showing a bit of wear and slight cupping after 4000 miles. I seem to get about 8000 out of pretty much anything on that bike. Texas roads must be abrasive.
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Well done + and thank you!
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Excellent comparison.
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Well documented and logical approach.
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As always, great video, Moshe. On recommendation from @Gunnert , I've been running the Roadsmart IIIs for the last year, or so, and have been quite happy with them. Living in the Midwest (with horribly chatted roads), I'm lucky to 6,000 miles out of any tire but appreciate your real-world comparison against the Michelins. Looks like I'll be sticking with the Dunlops for the foreseeable future.
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Very good review, thanks for sharing.


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I have run the major players in the sport touring tire market. The only ones that I couldn’t wait to ride to the end of their lives were the PR4s. I offed them at around 4,000. They lost their profiles early turning slow turns/u-turns into a wrestling match. They also lost some in the grip department along the way. Until the Dunlop IIIs came along, I found Metzler Roadtech 01s to work best for me. Now I’m riding the Dunlop’s. Not by much, but I have found them to provide better mileage and they retain their profiles to the end. They are also a bit more quiet than the 01s.
I won’t go near the PR5s given my experience with the PR4s. I haven’t totally abandoned Michelin, though. I am riding a set of Michelin Anakee Adventures on my R1250 and have found them to be excellent tires to date. Very sticky in all road conditions. They are relatively quiet and as neutral as one could want. Still have a way to go to see how they hold up in the long term, but with 3,000 + on them and little sign of wear, I expect that they will do fine.
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I am riding a set of Michelin Anakee Adventures on my R1250 and have found them to be excellent tires to date. Very sticky in all road conditions. They are relatively quiet and as neutral as one could want. Still have a way to go to see how they hold up in the long term, but with 3,000 + on them and little sign of wear, I expect that they will do fine.
I found the Anakee Adventures on my R1250GS to be extremely noisy even with industrial strength ear plugs.The excessive noise did subside as the miles piled up. Other than that they worked great with excellent traction throughout their life. I changed them out at 9k but they could have easily gone another 2 or 3k. I switched over to Roadsmart III's and am very happy with them on both my bikes.
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Well done and thank you. I especially love it when reasonably objective evidence confirms my subjective perceptions. The RSIII rocks!
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