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Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« on: February 22, 2018, 07:39:30 pm »
Anyone put any good miles on the Roadsmart 3 yet? I'm looking for feedback?

The price is right and online reviews from other bikes look great.
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2018, 06:31:57 am »
Roadsmart 3 is an awesome tire.  I highly recommend them.  I like Dunlop handling and this tire doesn't disappoint: Firm, great feel, tracks great, very confidence inspiring.  I've had the Pirelli Angle GT's (great tire too) The Michelin PR4 GT: awesome for 2000 miles then handling falls to s*** because of cupping.  What good does it do to have a tire that is great for a couple thousand miles then lousy for the rest of its life.
There are lots of great tires out there and many would be good.  For my money I'd definitely go with either the RS3 or the Angels.  I give a slight edge to the Dunlops.  Can't go wrong either one.
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2018, 07:49:41 pm »
Roadsmart 3 is an awesome tire.  I highly recommend them.  I like Dunlop handling and this tire doesn't disappoint: Firm, great feel, tracks great, very confidence inspiring.  I've had the Pirelli Angle GT's (great tire too) The Michelin PR4 GT: awesome for 2000 miles then handling falls to s*** because of cupping.  What good does it do to have a tire that is great for a couple thousand miles then lousy for the rest of its life.


So you are saying the Roadsmart 3 doesn't cup? Also, what mileage are you getting out of them?

I had the Angels on mine, a number of years ago so I don't think they were GTs, and they were great, initially, then horrible after they had a few miles on them. The Michelins have been fairly consistent in comparison throughout their lifespan.

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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2018, 02:55:34 pm »
 I am running the Roadsmart 3 on my C10, I got 10k put of the rear, front could go another 5k, but I replace both at the same time. No cupping even with hard braking. Since this tire is based on the Sportmax Q3, it has excellent grip, wet or dry. 8/32 tread depth in the rear means long life. I found the Michelins to have dull feedback. Not very confidence inspiring imho. My mileage was with very spirited riding.
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2018, 10:53:58 pm »
I just installed the RS3's on my C14. Annual trip to Northern CA in May. For now it sits till then. I really liked the Pirelli ST/GT, then went with Avons the last 3 sets. But willing to try the RS3's.

They have a great profile and I hope to get at least 4K miles out of them. Reviews are encouraging.
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2018, 11:04:21 pm »
did those with the RS3 go with the 190/55?
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2018, 04:39:47 pm »
did those with the RS3 go with the 190/55?

My last 5 sets of tires have been the 190/55.
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2018, 08:04:45 pm »
I am running the Roadsmart 3 on my C10, I got 10k put of the rear, front could go another 5k, but I replace both at the same time. No cupping even with hard braking. Since this tire is based on the Sportmax Q3, it has excellent grip, wet or dry. 8/32 tread depth in the rear means long life. I found the Michelins to have dull feedback. Not very confidence inspiring imho. My mileage was with very spirited riding.

Okay, thanks. I would be interested in hearing from someone using the Roadsmart 3 on a C14 though. I have the PR3s on my C14 and have no issues in spirited riding in the twisty roads of Western Pa and Wv though. The Angels felt great, initially, then once they wore they felt bad.

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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2018, 10:02:34 am »
Try the COG Facebook page. There are a few running Roadsmart 3's.
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2018, 01:23:28 pm »
I will say I have the RS2 now and it's about dead. There's no cupping on the tire though
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2018, 02:15:16 pm »
I will say I have the RS2 now and it's about dead. There's no cupping on the tire though
The 3 is an improved design over the 2. Both are great tires.
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2018, 05:33:14 pm »
Has anybody mounted these tires yet?  I just mounted my third set of PR 4 GT's and there are a bugger to mount, especially the rear.  I think ease of mounting is going to factor into my tire purchases at some point.   ::)
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2018, 10:58:45 am »
I have a set on now after I tried t30gt evo's.  the Bridgestones rolled side to side and turned in better, but the r3's ride much much smoother.  t30gt evo's seemed to track better over surface junk like tar snakes too.  the r3 ride is well worth it so far though

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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2018, 12:15:58 pm »
Here is a review I wrote up for a fb group last night.

Dunlop Roadsmart III 190/55 thoughts. I now have roughly 1,200 miles on the rear tire that I put on 3/2/18 and here are my thoughts. For starts I like it, it has really good traction and the feel is nice. It is a very stable feeling tire, the PR4 that was on the rear previously felt twitchy and wanted to wander on Ca freeways where I clock most of my miles. This tire just feels planted. It doesn’t want to wander, and straight-line stability is great. When turn it rolls in to a turn instead of tipping like the PR4 did, giving a more confidence inspiring feel as it does what you tell it to do nothing more nothing less. I haven’t done any serious canyon running yet but the curves I have done it sticks like gum freshly chewed by a 16-year-old Cheer leader. At this point the tread still looks great but it is too early to tell how long it will hold up, so we shall see. So far very impressed with this tire and if it gets any where close to the mileage that is advertised I will replace it with another of the same.
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2018, 05:08:44 pm »
RS3's with about 4000 miles on them, still look brand new (I never got more than 6k on the PR4s).  Stick like God's own flypaper, my confidence levels skyrocketed over the PR4s, and if you catch a rebate and sale are literally half the price
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2018, 10:56:54 pm »
I have abt 2k miles on my RoadSmart 3's.  They handle well and so far seem to be wearing well. 

Although I have mounted probably 25 tires in my lifetime, I found that the rear tire was impossible for me to mount fearing that I was going to damage the rim or the bead of the tire.  I was using a Harbor Freight Tire mount setup.  I brought the wheel to a friend and together we tried using his setup with no luck.  I ended up bringing the wheel and tire to a dealer and he had it mounted in abt 2 minutes, he told me that he could tell that this tire would have been extremely difficult to mount without a real tire machine.

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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2018, 12:42:48 am »
Anyone put any good miles on the Roadsmart 3 yet? I'm looking for feedback?

The price is right and online reviews from other bikes look great.

I have a 2015 C14 I bought new in March of 2017. First off, the stock Bridgestones wore out very quickly for me. I commute 70 miles daily four days a week. I only got 7K miles on the Bridgestones, and they were worn to a nub. I now am running the Roadsmart 3's and with 7K, and I am almost down to the wear indicators. This is very disappointing since I am a commuter. About ninety percent of my riding is highway miles. I have got to find a tire with a much harder compound, but not ridiculous in the slippage department.
I need to hear some feedback from you guys concerning total mileage on a certain brand and type of tire. I'm still searching the forum but not seeing much on total miles on the life of a tire.
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2018, 12:55:29 am »
Angel GT's I was lucky to get 3K miles on the front, maybe 4K at the rear. The last 3 sets have been the Avon 3DXM's and I am able to get 6K before the front and rear are gone. I have a new set of the Dunlops 3's installed. If I can get 5-6K out of them before they are shot then so be it. The C14 eats tires like crazy, especially if you are a speedy rider like I am.

I have never commuted upright on my C14 so center wear has never been an issue.  I tried the PR4's but soon after took them off, hated the handling. I think at 4K the fronts were cupped and handling was awful.

Personally, 7K commuting on the C14 is an amazing amount of life that you say you are achieving.

OTOH my daily commuter KLR wore out (not really) a set of K60's in 15K miles and still had tread left.  :beerchug:
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2018, 02:18:34 pm »
My update on the Roadsmart 3, the front lasted 9k miles in 8 months. Clearly not enough for a commuter, I mounted the Avon AV66 Storm 3D XM. I certainly hope the XM really means extra mileage.
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2018, 02:20:04 am »
Pirelli Angels GT "A" spec have traveled just over 9000 miles front and back,still life left in them.

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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2018, 11:56:21 am »
Angel GT's I was lucky to get 3K miles on the front, maybe 4K at the rear. The last 3 sets have been the Avon 3DXM's and I am able to get 6K before the front and rear are gone. I have a new set of the Dunlops 3's installed. If I can get 5-6K out of them before they are shot then so be it. The C14 eats tires like crazy, especially if you are a speedy rider like I am.

I have never commuted upright on my C14 so center wear has never been an issue.  I tried the PR4's but soon after took them off, hated the handling. I think at 4K the fronts were cupped and handling was awful.

Personally, 7K commuting on the C14 is an amazing amount of life that you say you are achieving.

OTOH my daily commuter KLR wore out (not really) a set of K60's in 15K miles and still had tread left.  :beerchug:

I have to agree with most everything Greg said.

For me Angel's were typically a 4,000 - 4,500 mile tire. Last set went 3,300 & were beyond worn out. I've had a dozen plus sets of Avon's & typically get 6,000 - 6,500 out of them. I also didn't like any of the Michelin's, terrible wear patterns & didn't think handling was very good.

I have never commuted, but agree the 7K commuting is good mileage. A small car makes more sense to me.

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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2018, 09:45:50 pm »
Pirelli Angels GT "A" spec have traveled just over 9000 miles front and back,still life left in them.


I have never come close to that, to me tires are expendables and I am willing to pay that price for my riding style.

I just don't know how that is even possible? 9K and tread left?

But when I travel I end up in some of the most amazing roads that I bet I spend more time leaned over than upright! Slight exaggeration mind you. :beerchug:
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2018, 10:55:27 pm »
The rear RS3 lasted 7k miles. the front lasted about 10k miles before became somewhat unstable. I didnt ride them under heavy rain conditions.
Still happy....replacing the with another RS3 set.

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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2018, 10:45:21 pm »
leave in 3 days for 2500+ plus miles into Oregon and Northern California on some super cool roads. I have a new set of the RS 3's and will give feedback when I return if anyone cares!  :beerchug:
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Re: Roadsmart 3 reviews?
« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2018, 07:56:42 pm »
I only rode 2200 miles on the RS3's so far. This ride had thousands of corners and very little slab. The front is slightly worn on the sides when you rub your hand over the tread and the back tire looks to have worn well center and side to side. The original profile appears intact.

I found the handling similar to the Angel GT's and slightly less easy to drop into a corner than the last 3 sets of the Avon's which have a very pointy profile, the RS3 has a more rounded profile especially in the back.

A surprise is my headshake I have had with the last 3 sets of Avon's is gone! The headshake was quite severe if you let go of the bars. RS3's worked well in heavy rain and during extreme cornering. I run the 190/55 rear and I have no chix strips so my lean angel was definitely there.

If I keep up this kind of riding I am doubtful I will see 6K like I did with the Avon's, but time will tell as mileage adds up. So to run them till they are truly worn out never really happens with me so ultimate mileage they are capable of I will never see.

Usually if I still have some life in the tire but have a long trip coming I always install a new set because I don't want to have to limp home on a worn out set or be forced to buy a tire on a trip.

I will be buying the RS3's again and no more Avon's or Pirelli's.
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