Dunlop Introduces the New Sportmax Q3 Sportbike Tire
NEWS May 22, 2013
Images courtesy of Dunlop Motorcycle Tires
Buffalo, NY (May 22, 2013) - Dunlop proudly introduces the new Sportmax® Q3, the next-generation successor to the highly praised Sportmax® Q2®. The Sportmax Q3 delivers next-generation sportbike tire performance by incorporating Dunlop’s new Carbon Fiber Technology (CFT), and it also represents an outstanding value, which makes it a winner twice over.
“Our Sportmax Q2 tire just recently took on all of the other tire brands in the category in the Sport Rider Magazine shootout and the Sportmax Q2 won hands down,” said Mike Manning, General Manager, Marketing. “And here we are introducing the Sportmax Q3—an even better tire than the Q2—that will set new standards in the high-performance sport tire category.”
Dunlop’s new Carbon Fiber Technology (CFT) incorporates a carbon fiber reinforcement element in the Sportmax Q3 tire sidewalls. The many attributes of carbon fiber—high tensile strength, low weight, high chemical resistance, high temperature tolerance and low thermal expansion—make it a great match for application in the Sportmax Q3.
In addition, the success Dunlop has earned with the Sportmax® D211™ GP-A in AMA Pro Road Racing has led directly to many of the performance advantages in the Sportmax Q3. There’s the new tread pattern on the Q3, a planned outgrowth of the GP-A tread pattern, featuring fewer grooves that are longer in length to help route water away more effectively in wet conditions. The Sportmax Q3 also features Dunlop’s Intuitive Response Profile™ (IRP) design for phenomenal steering and handling characteristics, and MT Multi-Tread™ technology with a tough, cool-running long-wearing compound in the center of the tread plus lateral-grip compounds on the sides. In addition, Dunlop engineers worked to optimize tire carcass construction and tire compounds in the front and rear Sportmax Q3 tires.
Extensive Dunlop testing shows that the Sportmax Q3 exhibits exceptional cornering stability especially at high lean angles, responsive and precise steering characteristics, and predictable and smooth transitional-steering performance for more confidence-inspiring handling.
As the control tire supplier for AMA Pro Road Racing, Dunlop invested in new tire-producing machinery necessary to accommodate race tire production at our Buffalo, New York, manufacturing facility. These same high-tech machines are used to produce the all-new Sportmax Q3, so this serves as another example of how our investments in racing produce results that directly benefit the average street bike owner as well.
The new Sportmax Q3 will be available at motorcycle dealers this June.
Dunlop is the largest supplier of original equipment and replacement motorcycle tires in the U.S. and the only manufacturer of motorcycle tires in North America. With North American operations located in Buffalo, NY, Dunlop has been making and selling high-quality tires in the U.S. since 1923. For more information, visit www.dunlopmotorcycle.com.
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