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dunlaps new roadsmart tire

I read nothing but good reports on this tire so i ordered a new back tire so i hope i made a good choice.But i like to hear from all you folks that already have them on your bike and how do you like them compared to stock.
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I got roadsmarts back in may and I love'em. Feel much more confident with them and the first day I road with them rained all day and they are good in the wet. You made a good choice! much better than stock tires.
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My new Roadsmart rear is in my garage in AZ waiting till I go down for the winter, so I figure I'll get another 800 miles or so from the stocker, then change out the tire, probably in November.

I LIKED the original, so I figure I'll LOVE the Roadsmart!!!

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I got 8000 miles out of my rear Road Smart, installed another one, good tire.
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Have front and rear...good tire.

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I have a rear mounted, just got a front in the mail today and will be putting that on in the next week or two.

The rear grips well but it's starting to square off on me after only a couple thousand miles.

It's not yet to the point that I can feel the corner of the flat spot when turning in, but it's definitely enough that I can see it with my eyes and feel it when I run my hand across it.

I don't know if going up or down in pressure will help. Even if it is squared off before it's worn out, I think it's still probably a decent value.
If the squaring gets bad though, I'll probably go to an Avon, Pirelli, or Bridgestone for my next tire.

There are some nightmare pictures of roadsmarts wearing really strangely with ridges in the middle on some of the sport touring forums if you look around.
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Love mine. The rear now has over 8,000 miles on it and it is nowhere near as worn as the original which I had to replace at about 8,500 miles. I felt the originals were ok but I think the tiny chicken strips I have on the roadsmarts show I'm more confident with them than I was the originals.

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The roadsmarts dont show as much chicken strip as the standards did, same angleof lean and there is less than a mm on the roadsmart of chicken strip where-as the standard had closer to 4mm. On teh front its different, I had no chicken strips on the stocker but have them on the RS. Its purely down to profile. I know its the same angle as the pegs wear down !
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I've been running Roadsmarts for about a month and have 600 miles approx. The big change I've noticed is that these seem to want to turn in a lot quicker than stock... they seem stickier through the twisties too. I haven't yet reached the edges of the tires...dont have the confidence to lean that much!
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Put some on last Friday. I like them even better than the Diablo Stradas. They feel great and seem to turn in better, especially at low speeds. Haven't done much at speed yet, but they felt good on the interstate too.

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