The trail sector is a fast growing part of the Motorcycle market. In addition to offering adventurous riders the opportunity to explore off-road, many riders are choosing trail bikes to enjoy the feeling of confidence that comes from a high riding position offering great visibility in traffic.
For Dunlop Europe, this growing demand and increasingly varied use of trail bikes means that considerable design and development resources have to be invested in ensuring that a trail tyre performs in all conditions.
Dunlop Europe launched the TrailSmart last year, and this month this latest trail tyre has been acclaimed for its strong wet performance in two independent tests.
The TrailSmart was the only tyre tested by MotoMag to be awarded the maximum five stars in both wet and dry handling.
In dry conditions, MotoMag described the tyre as comparable to a sports tyre stating: “Turn in is particularly easy, with very light handling”
In the wet, the same testers praised the TrailSmart as having “Excellent grip and feedback”
TrailSmart stars in wet braking test
Motorrad magazine were also impressed by another important element of the TrailSmart’s performance. In an emergency wet braking test, the magazine awarded it a strong 90% rating for its ability when stopping from high speeds in treacherous conditions. Motorrad described the Trailsmart as “near unbeatable in the wet emergency braking test from 100 km/h.”
Andy Marfleet, Moto Marketing Manager, EMEA said that the results confirmed Dunlop Europe’s own findings: “The recently launched TrailSmart used our advanced technologies such as Jointless Belt Construction with the aim of offering improved handling in a variety of conditions. Trail riders demand this stability and confidence on the road
But with the capability that allows the more adventurous rider to push on where the trails begin. We are pleased that the strong wet and dry performance of TrailSmart has been recognized. It was our goal to design a tyre that met the demanding and varied needs of European trail bike riders”