Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier D209

Dry Grip 90%
Wet Grip 76%
Road Feedback 92%
Handling 83%
Wear 69%
Comfort 95%
Buy again 83%

The Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier D209 is a Ultra High Performance Summer tyre designed to be fitted to Motorcycle

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Tyre review data from 10 tyre reviews averaging 84% over 40,075 miles driven.

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Top Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier D209 Review

Given 74% while driving a Yamaha R1 (190/55 R17) on mostly country roads for 1,700 spirited miles
had them on my modded 2009 R1, they are ok but not near the limit, the low down torque hit can cause them to break traction sometimes and they require you to push them to get the heat in to be able to get the best out of them. New they are very good but seemed to drop off, although they had tread left the grip wasnt there like when new
36 - tyre reviewed on April 3, 2015   

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Given 74% while driving a Yamaha R1 (190/55 R17) on mostly country roads for 1,700 spirited miles
had them on my modded 2009 R1, they are ok but not near the limit, the low down torque hit can cause them to break traction sometimes and they require you to push them to get the heat in to be able to get the best out of them. New they are very good but seemed to drop off, although they had tread left the grip wasnt there like when new
36 - tyre reviewed on April 3, 2015   
Given 93% while driving a Honda CBR600 FS (120/60 R17) on mostly country roads for 0 spirited miles
Not much to say really and its always hard picking a tyre that works with a motorbike as my SV hated Dunlops but the CBR loves them.

Feedback in the dry and wet in cool/ cold temps is very good (maybe too much for some) but I find when riding in slick conditions like we are at the moment with all mud and leaves on the road the slight twitch you get from the rear or front lets you know its getting close to the sliding point so you can wind it in before getting hurt.

In the dry and warm/ hot these tyres are spectacular they just grip, I'm more of an old school rider (29 yrs old ha) but I've learn't to lean the bike rather than hanging off it and the only time I have come close to losing it was when leaning a little to much and nearly rolled off the shoulder but the feedback saved me as the rear gave a little slip. I will say though these tyres when at the steeper leaning angles give the sensation of a slide but its firmly planted so don't worry.

Wear is the only niggle I have, the back has lasted about 1600 miles and has about another 400ish left in them but I will probably change it in about 200 as its approaching winter. The front has had the same number and has about another 1000 left in it but the shoulders are getting a little steeped so might have to change before then.

Comfort is fine, and on the CBR600 F3 (1998) that these are on I run the rear at 38psi (42psi is book pressure) and the front at 36 in the summer and 34 in the winter but those are my personal choices as I find they offer me the best riding experince.
1 - tyre reviewed on October 23, 2014   
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Given 69% while driving a Suzuki (160/60 R17) on mostly country roads for 2,500 average miles
Great tires in the dry.

Cant really comment on wet as I take it real easy when the roads are wet, to the point wher I couldnt compare once tire from another.

Rubbish on wear though, done literally just over 2k on an SV 650 and the tire was way over 50% wear when I picked up a nail and decided to just replace the tire rather then bothering with a repair.

Good tires, but wouldnt buy again purely from the terrible lifespan you get from them.

0 - tyre reviewed on December 19, 2013   
Given 87% while driving a Yamaha R1 (225/45 R17) on a combination of roads for 4,000 spirited miles
had these on a 2009 R1 and a 2010 R1. done motorways, town, silverstone in the wet and dry. tyres are awesome in the dry, however if you just commute, they arent for you. the sides are very sticky and give plenty of warning on a big bend before you go falling off and dying, wet grip is fine if you adjust your riding style accordingly. under hard braking these bad boys just sink their teeth into the road and you WILL stop. you'll go over the bars before the front skids out if your doing it right.

full confidence in this tyre and would definatley buy again fo road and track.

you will chew through a pair in 1000 miles if you hack it though!! quite pricey, but if you've got a cheap bike then go and buy cheap tyres.
0 - tyre reviewed on August 6, 2012   
Given 92% while driving a Yamaha YAMAHA YZFR6 (180/55 R17 W) on a combination of roads for 6,100 spirited miles
I fitted these to a 2010 YZFR6. Gentle riding on first 150 miles. Used t/o Summer & Winter - current.

Both Front & Rear tyres have a hard compound centre which helps with wear.

Both F & R tyres have sound micro grippage - where the tyre forms into the surface, but it needs smooth handling to do so. Macro grip is pretty standard stuff.

Fantastic dry grip on the F tyre, with no slippage at lean angles on A & B roads (65 - 85mph). Doesn't like gravel just like any other tyre so add caution. R tyre needs loads of heat before grip's affective (4 miles dry avg. 65mph). R Slips on dry too often in town with hard braking, but good cornering characteristics & responsive.

F & R hold their own in the wet, with more confidence in country bends on wet surfaces (@ 65 - 70mph) than dry funny enough, but caution on soaked surfaces with only macro grip taking effect. The F tyre offers good drainage, R tyre keeps up fine with good grip on the edge.

On M roads (60 - 1600mph) & track there was no issue with grip & handling on turns & overtaking. Responsive R tyre.

Back tyre needed replacing after 4500 miles, 6000 for the front. Wish I could've had more.

Comfy & R6 don't go together!

Priced around the same as Avon Viper Sport AV59's. Ok price.

Great for starting out on race track.
2 - tyre reviewed on May 28, 2011   

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