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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-20-2016, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Dunlop TrailMax/ TrailSmart

Visited the yearly motorbike show in Utrecht The Netherlands and came in discussion with a Dunlop rep. Told him I bought an AT and about the discussions on the wet weather performance of the 1ste mount Dunlop TrailMax tyres. The man told me the following interesting story. Dunlop Europe is owned by Goodyear, whereas Dunlop Asia is owned by Sumitomo Japan. The tyres mounted on the AT are from Dunlop Japan (made in Japan) and are specially made for Honda and the AT. Made, based on Honda requirements. Dunlop was rewarded the order for the 1st mount. All Dunlop tyres in Europe are made in France in the Goodyear/ Dunlop plant. The rear tyre 150x70-18" TrailMax does not exist officially (in the Dunlop EUR catalog); instead the TrailSmart will be the replacement (road) tyre in EUR and possibly the US and Canada. TrailMax max tyre size available (in EUR) is 120x70-18". TrailSmart is slightly more onroad focussed than Trailmax; TrailSmart 90% onroad, TrailMax 80% onroad. TrailSmart was tested by the German Motorrad Magazine very good. The man shaked his head and walked away with a smile, may be telling too much?

rgds, Fred
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-11-2016, 04:28 AM
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I've just tried a pair of european trailsmarts ont the AT, they're horrendous on the bike, much too rigid and jumpy , next set will be contis trail attack 2
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-12-2016, 01:05 PM
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I am using Trailsmarts on my Triumph Explorer. Two friends are using them on a 1000Vstrom and 990Adventure KTM respectively. All three of us are hugely impressed with them. Great grip wet and dry. Mostly used on metalled roads and rough backroads.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-23-2016, 02:25 AM
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just switched from trailsmarts to conti trail attacks 2 : much better on B roads, the rubber is softer and less jumpy
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