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Dunlop Roadsmart Tires Approved for BMW R 1200 RT-P

BMW RT-P Police Motorcycle
Photos and text courtesy BMW Motorrad.

June 11, 2009 - BMW Motorrad has approved the Dunlop Roadsmart tires for use on all R 1200 RT-P police motors operated in the USA.

The Dunlop Roadsmart is a popular tire with long distance motorcycle riders and it's used for touring and sport-touring motorcycles.

The Roadsmart is a premium radial tire designed to provide longer tire life and, ultimately, lower operating costs for high-performance motorcycles.  The multi-compound rear tire incorporates a long-wearing compound in the center of the tire tread and a lateral-grip compound on each shoulder to maximize cornering performance and provide unparalleled grip and feel.

“Operating costs for police motors are a major issue for most agencies,” observed Frank Stevens, Authority Program Manager, BMW Motorrad USA.

“As we know from large fleet reports, tires are the single most expensive maintenance item on a police motor, not only due to normal tire life, but due to the high number of flat tires agencies encounter from officers riding on the shoulders and break-down lanes.  The Dunlop Roadsmart tires should help control operating costs due to the fact that they are not only designed to last longer, but also are priced very competitively by BMW.”

Dunlop Roadsmart tires:

  • Pass the California Highway Patrol run-flat protocol

  • Are approved for use with the calibrated police speedometer

  • Incorporate a tread pattern featuring Dunlop’s consecant-curve design and wear evenly over the life of the tire

  • Feature deep, long lateral grooves to evacuate maximum amounts of water in both straight-line and cornering conditions

  • Have micro-sized carbon particles to improve dry grip under acceleration and a special silica additive to improve wet grip

  • Feature a qualifier-like profile to ensure maximum contact area when cornering

  • Feature Dunlop’s Jointless Band (JLB) continuously wound tread belt to ensure consistent tire diameter in all operating conditions.

  • Roadsmart tires are designed to be installed in pairs and should not be combined with any other tires (including the D220 tires).

BMW police motorcycles are currently used by more than 400 agencies throughout the United States, including the State of Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, the LAPD and the Honolulu PD to name a few.

The motorcycles have 6,000-mile service intervals and a 39-month/60,000-mile limited warranty.  BMW also offers free rider training to assist officers in obtaining the maximum benefits from riding a BMW police motorcycle.

More information about BMW police motorcycles is available on the BMW Police Motorcycle website.  More information about Dunlop Roadsmart tires is available on the Dunlop website Roadsmart page.

Also visit the wBW Motorcycle Tires page for reviews and more information.

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