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Old 07-12-2014, 09:01 AM
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Question Dunlop Roadsmart treadhum normal?

Lot's of tire discussion but I don't see this one. Couple thousand miles on Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart tires. They seem fine, and don't generate any noise, until I lean into a curve, then I get a moan/hum from the front tire. The moment I'm upright the sound stops. I'm using ear plugs, and this is most noticeable in a 60 mph sweeper, though I've heard it at slower speeds. Tire pressure check with two gages, within 2 pounds of 38 psi.

Thinking its a dual-compound thing but other tires have never done this. Any feedback?
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Old 07-12-2014, 11:11 AM
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Re: Dunlop Roadsmart treadhum normal?

Pretty std on Roadsmarts. I had them on a bike a few years ago and they did humm. Didn't like it and never went back to them. All my tires after that have been replaced by Mich PR's. Not all dual compounds are the same.
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Re: Dunlop Roadsmart treadhum normal?

I think I'll go back to Metzlers. Thanks though, I feel better.
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Re: Dunlop Roadsmart treadhum normal?

Ya' ever wonder what possesses those pick-up truck knuckle draggers to pick those Gawd-awful loud, howling off road tires they do?
I was in my car on the Pasadena Frwy yesterday with windows up, AC on, and radio playing. All I could hear was the droning howl of the choice of macho off road 'Mud' tires some mouth breathing yahoo had spooned onto his wheels. July on the Pasadena Frwy; there isn't any "Mud" for a thousand miles around here this time of year! Do they get free "Disability" benefits for the loss of hearing those tires must cause after time?

I'm running Dunlop Q3's. I find them quiet "at all angles", cost effective, with lots of grip for the twisties.
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Re: Dunlop Roadsmart treadhum normal?

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Pretty std on Roadsmarts. I had them on a bike a few years ago and they did humm. Didn't like it and never went back to them. All my tires after that have been replaced by Mich PR's. Not all dual compounds are the same.

I've run no end of Road Smarts on various bikes and sure wasn't standard with any of mine.
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I've run no end of Road Smarts on various bikes and sure wasn't standard with any of mine.
Obviously it's do to you riding on the wrong side of the road.
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Obviously it's do to you riding on the wrong side of the road.

Oh yea that must be it
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Re: Dunlop Roadsmart treadhum normal?

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Ya' ever wonder what possesses those pick-up truck knuckle draggers to pick those Gawd-awful loud, howling off road tires they do?
I was in my car on the Pasadena Frwy yesterday with windows up, AC on, and radio playing. All I could hear was the droning howl of the choice of macho off road 'Mud' tires some mouth breathing yahoo had spooned onto his wheels.

A lot of "mudders" in Virginia, especially away from the DC area where Secret Service SUV-wanna be's are the most common plague vector. My favorite bumper sticker (Found on a compact car) "NICE TRUCK (sorry about the size of your penis")

Back to the topic at hand, I see at least one other person weigh in saying they don't have noise. Well that confuses the issue, but I really do appreciate the feedback. Guess I just need to wear out the tires and move on.
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Re: Dunlop Roadsmart treadhum normal?

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L... Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart ....
I had a set of those once. Took them off at around 1000 miles and threw them into the recycle bin at the landfill.
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I had a set of those once. Took them off at around 1000 miles and threw them into the recycle bin at the landfill.
Well, there ya go. They are officially crap on this side of the pond.
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Re: Dunlop Roadsmart treadhum normal?

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Ya' ever wonder what possesses those pick-up truck knuckle draggers to pick those Gawd-awful loud, howling off road tires they do?
I was in my car on the Pasadena Frwy yesterday with windows up, AC on, and radio playing. All I could hear was the droning howl of the choice of macho off road 'Mud' tires some mouth breathing yahoo had spooned onto his wheels. July on the Pasadena Frwy; there isn't any "Mud" for a thousand miles around here this time of year! Do they get free "Disability" benefits for the loss of hearing those tires must cause after time?

I'm running Dunlop Q3's. I find them quiet "at all angles", cost effective, with lots of grip for the twisties.
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Just curious how many miles on your Q3's? I really like them but I had to stretch to get 3K miles out of them on my K1300S. I don't mind the low mileage on my RR but that was not enough for the KS.
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Re: Dunlop Roadsmart treadhum normal?

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I had a set of those once. Took them off at around 1000 miles and threw them into the recycle bin at the landfill.

Yep been there done that with a pair of Pirelli Angels,re your Road Smarts shame I don't live closer I love e'm although my latest R+D is a Sport Smart front with a Road Smart rear.
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Re: Dunlop Roadsmart treadhum normal?

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Yep been there done ....
It could have been the sidewall not being stiff enough. Lots of people like the Roadsmarts, but they tried to spit us off four different times when leaned over. I didn't feel like going for five.

As for noise, the only sound I have EVER hear from motorcycle tires in over 400,000 miles is this one......... ka ching.
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Re: Dunlop Roadsmart treadhum normal?

I'm on my fourth set of road smarts. This last set are the 2nd gen and I do have the vib/hum you speak of from the front. I don't like. I'll be putting on a first gen front shortly. I like them good enough, mostly because they're cheap. After this set I think I'll be looking for something else.
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Re: Dunlop Roadsmart treadhum normal?

I inquired about the Sportsmart cause a mate has them on his ZX10 and gets good mileage from them.
I was told that the K1300 is to heavy for these tyres.
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Re: Dunlop Roadsmart treadhum normal?

I only use a Sport Smart on the front jeeze a K would eat a SS rear in a 1000 miles or any other soft tyre for that matter hence why I like the Road Smart because of the stiff side walls.
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Re: Dunlop Roadsmart treadhum normal?

I'm on my 3rd set of road smarts with the latest being the 2nd generation tire.

I've not noticed a "hum" from the front tire yet.

Perhaps that is because of the earplugs and music?

The only thing I have noticed is that after a bit of "spirited riding" there is a noticeable burning rubber smell. Guess that softer compound used out on the edges is doing it's job!
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Re: Dunlop Roadsmart treadhum normal?

I am on my 2nd pair of RS2's and experience "road hum" when leaned over - I can't decide if it is front or back, but it is damn noticeable. The noise seemed to start about 1/2 to 2/3 through the life of the tire. First set were done at about 6,000 km and the current look like they will go to about 8,000 km. Longest wearing set of tires I have have had.

That said, I have a pair of PR4's waiting. Hopefully, they will be better under hard braking than the PR3's were...
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