► Motorcycle News 2009
Dunlop Roadsmart Tires Approved for BMW R 1200 RT-P
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
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
“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
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
Jointless Band (JLB) continuously wound tread belt
to ensure consistent tire diameter in all operating
Roadsmart tires are
designed to be installed in pairs and should not be
combined with any other tires (including the D220
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
More information about BMW police motorcycles is
available on the
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
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