Dunlop actually invented the pneumatic tyre - way back in 1888, so they should certainly have some expertise by now.
I fitted Dunlop tyres to the Yamaha when the Bridgestones wore out. Unfortunately though I can't find a record of which particular model of tyre I used. In the three years I owned the bike I rode 54,374 miles and went through two rear tyres which lasted 19,884 and 21,989 miles respectively; and two front tyres with similar figures.
For the ST1100, two models are currently available; the K591, and the Roadsmart Sportmax.
The K591 is actually a Belted tyre, not a radial, and is co-branded with the Harley Davidson name and logo on the sidewall. As to be expected, it's the approved Harley Davidson sport tyre.
The Roadsmart Sportmax actually has a lower profile than the standard 160/70, being a 160/60ZR17. As regards longevity, a recent review showed it can be expected to last over 10,000 miles, which actually isn't all that brilliant.
Firstly, the Roadsmart Sportmax D 220 F ST. Reportedly developed to be the best sport touring tyre available (aren't they all???). Unmatched all-round performance, and the best grip on wet roads, it also supposedly has high longevity.
Then there is the Arrowmax GT501FJ 110/80-18 58V. A bias-ply tyre. Again touted to have excellent comfort, and high-speed performance. The unique tread pattern removes water rapidly for good grip in the wet. Longevity is improved by the deep tread depth, and the tyre profile creates a larger contact patch.
Finally the Arrowmax D103F. Reports have said that the tyre life isn't great. One reviewer reported that the tyre only lasted 5,000 km. Others have said it's not the tyre you want to use if the conditions are wet.
Neutral Comments (good and bad)
(Peterborough, South Australia)
When I first need to replace the tyres I went to proper motorbike tyre dealer.
It was suggested that I try the Dunlop D205 as I used my bike for commuting and two up riding/touring this tyre should give good mileage.
For me, 18000kms rear and 20000 plus on the front. the best tyre I have ever had on this bike in over 5 Years. I went down to get another one for the rear wheel and discovered.....no longer available.
So went to the Sportmax tyre at 160/60 as there was no 160/70. In Australia at the time it was the only Dunlop option for an ST1100 so I thought ok should get similar wear to the D205.
How wrong I was.......10000kms rear tyre and 12000 for the front. A more expensive tyre and a lot less kms.
With Dunlop not having the correct tyre for the rear wheel I no longer go there.
I have run 2 k591's and have no complaints
(st catharines ontario canada)
I get good mileage out of the K591's compared to Battleaxe 3o's and mostly tour 2 up so not canyon carving. Now if I could find a longer lasting front tire I would be happy! I have mixed radial front and belted rear and have had no handling issues. Cupping wear on front tire is an issue.
Do you have any comments regarding Dunlop tyres?