Best Motorcycle Earplugs

Since hearing usually plays second fiddle to vision when riding motorcycles, people sometimes forget how vulnerable their ears are out there on the road. The sound of your helmet traveling through the air at highway speeds is more than enough to damage your hearing over the long term – or even the short term if you’re wearing an open face or half-helmet. While it may go counter to your initial thoughts, wearing earplugs can actually help you hear better. When your ears aren’t completely overwhelmed, you have the ability to hear more sounds.  

Motorcycles And Hearing Loss

Until recently, your primary choice for protecting your ears was the faithful foam earplug. The good news is that, when properly inserted, they work better than just about anything else at lessening the intensity of the sound reaching your ears. However, they have some shortcomings. First, if improperly inserted, their effectiveness is radically lessened. Second, many riders feel that the uneven damping of frequencies make sounds muffled and unclear.

Currently, we’re experiencing a Gold Rush of new earplugs directed towards powersports and other noisy activities. These new generation earplugs have actually been tuned for the frequencies they attenuate, making it possible for riders to protect their ears and still be able to carry on a conversation at a stoplight. 

Read on to find what earplugs are available for riders.

Pinlock Earplugs

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Many riders are familiar with the Pinlock anti-fog visor inserts, but few know about the company’s earplugs. Constructed out of medical grade silicone-free materials the flanged earplugs are inserted into the ear canal to form a seal. Pinlock claims the earplugs are all-day comfortable thanks, in part, to the two sizes included in the product box. The protection comes from an “advanced precision filter” that limits the wind noise that can damage hearing while still allowing the frequencies that deliver important information – like sirens, horns, or other road users. Riders should also be able to hear conversations with these plugs in place. Even with those capabilities, the filters are rated at a CE certified 24 decibels of suppression. 

Pinlock earplugs retail for $26.95. Learn more about them at the Pinlock website.

Eargasm Earplugs

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Eargasm earplugs have been around since 2015. As with many of the earplugs that utilize attenuation filters, the big selling point for Eargasm plugs is their flat frequency response that leads to the sound not being muffled despite the 20 decibel drop in volume. The packaging and the included aluminum carrying case add to the premium feel of these earplugs.

Eargasm earplugs retail for $29.88 and are also available in small sizes. Visit the Eargasm website for more information.

Hearos Earplugs

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Welcome to Old School hearing protection. Just because Hearos foam earplugs don’t use fancy filters to damp the sound intensity doesn’t mean that time has marched on, leaving them behind. If you’re looking for the highest amount of noise-reduction you can buy, Hearos claims a rating of NRR 33, the highest attenuation in this buyer’s guide.  A word of caution, though: The protection offered by foam earplugs is highly dependent on proper insertion in the ear canal.

Hearos are available in a wide variety of color and softness options. The package shown features 56 pair of earplugs for $14.99. Learn more at the Hearos website. 

NoNoise Motorsport Earplugs

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NoNoise earplugs claim that their filters are “precisely tuned for optimum attenuation at the frequencies required by motorsport enthusiasts, particularly motorcyclists.” The ceramic filters are directed at the frequencies where motorcyclists can potentially suffer the most damage from wind and road noise, while still making important things like conversations and sirens unmuffled. According to NoNoise, the earplugs feature an “independently measured mean sound attenuation (EN352-2:2002) is 29.6dB at the higher (most damaging) frequencies.”

The silicone-free flanged NoNoise earplugs retail for $29.95. The NoNoise website has more information. 

Alpine MotoSafe Race Earplugs

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Alpine MotoSafe Race Earplugs allow riders to hear important information, such as traffic, intercom systems, and the motorcycle’s engine, while still providing high attenuation of potentially damaging sounds. The earplugs themselves are constructed of silicone-free AlpineThermoShape material that molds to the ear canal as it warms under use, delivering a comfortable fit. Alpine claims that MotoSafe earplugs are the only ones on the market with soft filters for better fit in ears and under a helmet.

The Alpine MotoSafe Race Earplugs offer approximately 20-dB of noise reduction for a $19.95 retail price and ship with a zippered storage case. Learn about the MotoSafe line of earplugs at the Alpine website. 

Etymotic ER-20XS High-Fidelity Earplugs

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Etymotic is widely known within the music industry for making high-fidelity earplugs, earbuds, and ear monitors for much longer than many of the other filtered earplugs now on the market. (I have been riding with them for years since I was never happy with how foam plugs fit in my ear canals.) The Etymotic ER-20XS High-Fidelity Earplugs are a new form-factor that sit closer to the ear and work much better with helmets than the previous model. Each earplug reduces the sound intensity by 20-dB across the spectrum of frequencies that the ear can detect. Essentially, you hear everything the same – only quieter. The flanged earplugs are available in standard and large fit to accommodate different ear canal sizes.

Etymotic ER-20XS High-Fidelity Earplugs are priced at $19.95. Learn more about their products at the Etymotic website.

Custom Molded Earplugs

At many motorcycle events, you may have seen people getting brightly colored goo injected into their auditory canal. Custom earplugs will only fit the unique ear shape of their owner, giving them easier insertion and a perfect fit for maximum attenuation of noise. Like with foam plugs, some people feel that these solid custom plugs mute the sound too much, making it hard to hear things that riders want to hear, such as approaching traffic or conversation at a stop. Still, it’s hard to argue with earplugs made specifically to fit your unique ear canals.

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Z1R Releases Jackal Helmet

The Z1R Jackal Helmet is the company’s newest entry in the street helmet market.

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Z1R introduces the all new Jackal Helmet

Janesville, Wisconsin – May 14, 2018 – Janesville, WI – Maximum airflow is the name of the game with the all-new Z1R Jackal helmet. The DOT/ECE certified Jackal helmet features an aerodynamically shaped shell that creates a quiet and stable ride. Ultimate temperature control is provided by the adjustable chin and top intake and exhaust vents with channeled dual density EPS. Visibility a concern? The scratch resistant, anti-fog face shield and interchangeable drop down sun visor provide versatility in all lighting conditions. Available in sizes XS-3XL, 3 different shell and EPS sizes allow for the perfect fit. Suggested retail: $149.95

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New Rider: What Motorcycle Gear Do You Need?

Welcome to motorcycling! Maybe you just bought your first bike or are about to do it. Either way, you’ve probably realized that you’ll need to buy more than just a motorcycle. Motorcycle gear can get really expensive really quickly, but you don’t need to spend a fortune (which you probably don’t have since you just bought your first bike) to keep yourself comfortable while riding or protect yourself in a mishap. While all motorcycle safety gear is important, there is a hierarchy of necessity. Since the assumption of this article is that you’re short on cash, we’ll work our way down the list.

DOT-Legal Helmet

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Bell Qualifier $109.95

If you only buy one piece of motorcycle gear, buy a helmet – even if you live in a state that doesn’t have a helmet law. Nothing does more to protect you in a crash than wearing a helmet. When it comes to buying a helmet, only two factors are absolute: DOT certification and a proper fit. Ascertaining the DOT status of a helmet is easy. It has a sticker saying it qualifies. For fit, you want the helmet to be snug but not so tight that it causes hot spots on your head. Also, consider that helmets break in over time, making its fit get looser. You don’t want a helmet that bobbles around on your head at highway speeds because it is too big after a couple months of riding. 

Helmets range in price from less than $100 to over $1000. You don’t need to break the bank, but don’t automatically go for the bottom of the barrel either. Pricier helmets will have more features like better ventilation and a quieter interior, though. Here’s a selection of quality helmets for less than $200:

10 Best Motorcycle Helmets Under $200


You may be surprised to see gloves second on the list, but when you consider that it is virtually impossible to avoid putting your hands out in a crash and then look at how fragile hands really are, riding with gloves makes a lot of sense. Riding with a pair of $20 leather work gloves is better than nothing, but there are many gloves available for less than $100 that will protect your hands much better.  

You’ll want to look for some kind of restraint that keeps the gloves from falling off in a tumble. Also, extra layers of leather or other protective material in areas more prone to abrasion is also a good thing. As you climb up the price range, you’ll start to see additional armor for the knuckles and other parts of your hands

Take a look at these gloves:

10 Great Motorcycle Gloves For Under $100

Armored Jacket

While tons of old-timers will tell about how they grew up riding in jean jackets or classic leather jackets without armor, you don’t need to suffer like they did. Technology has progressed to the point that you can get tremendous impact protection at your elbows and shoulder – and sometimes even a back protector – for a remarkably low price. 

In the bargain price range, you’ll most likely be looking at textile jackets instead of leather. However, in recent years the availability and variety of textile riding gear has exploded. While inexpensive jackets usually lack premium features like waterproofing and removable liners, you can get a stylish jacket that will last you several years for just a couple hundred dollars (or less).

Warm-Weather Jackets And Pants Buyers Guide

Motorcycle Boots

You may wonder why boots are before riding pants since knees are just as vulnerable as elbows. The honest answer is that this is really a toss-up protection-wise, but boots also connect you to the ground when you’re at a stop. Riding in a pair of cowboy boots with leather soles may look cool; however, if you put one down in bit of oil at a gas station, you may find yourself picking up your bike. (Don’t ask me how I know this.)

Motorcycle boots typically have grippy soles that help keep your feet in place on both the ground and the bike’s pegs. Additionally, they are much sturdier than sneakers and provide abrasion protection (and often armor) for your vulnerable ankles in a crash.  While motorcycle boots that look more like high-top sneakers are gaining in popularity (and are frequently available at attractive prices), the height that the boots rise up your leg protects your shins from the surprisingly common impact from stones out on the highway. 

Look to these boots for inspiration:

Warm-Weather Boot Buyers Guide

Riding Pants/Jeans

Blue jeans and black leather jackets have been the unofficial motorcycle style for generations. While denim does offer a modicum of abrasion resistance, they do absolutely nothing in regards to protecting your knees from impacts. The number of riding jeans – complete with Kevlar abrasion protection and CE-approved armor – has blossomed over the past two or three years, and we motorcyclists can now protect ourselves without looking like we’re wearing a space suit out to dinner with friends.

Riding jeans aren’t the only kind of protective pants you can buy. Textile over pants have been around for a long time. Then there’s the racy look of leather pants – though you will look silly stopping by the grocery store in them. 

Search for riding jeans.

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Kawasaki Announces Z900RS Cafe For US Market!

From the moment that the Kawasaki Z1-inspired Z900RS was announced in October of last year, enthusiasts have been saying they wanted the model to go even further into the retro-racer styling. Just a month later, large portions of the rest of the world received the word that their dreams had been made real in the form of the Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe. Naturally, riders in the U.S. market wanted to know why they weren’t going to be allowed to own this strikingly-styled version of the RS.

First Look: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS

First Look: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe

2018 Kawasaki Z900RS First Ride Review + Video

Live With It: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS Long Term Review

Well, according to this press release, the wait is over, and the Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe will soon be available in limited quantities in the American market for $11,499 – that’s only $300 more than the top of the line Z900RS. We don’t know the exact import numbers, but consider this to be a warning that, if you want to buy a Z900RS Cafe in 2018, you better put your money down sooner rather than later.

Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe

The Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe gets this spiffy brushed stainless steel exhaust.

Just a quick reminder, the Cafe is mechanically the same motorcycle as the RS with some additional parts. While the bulk of the changes are strictly for styling, a couple could combine to affect the rider. 

The styling changes begin with Kawasaki’s Vintage Lime Green paint scheme that features a retro white stripe from front to rear. Even the black cast wheels receive a cosmetic upgrade in the form of a green stripe. The 948cc engine receives new case covers, and the exhaust sports a brushed stainless steel finish. The retro-inspired bikini fairing straddles the style/function divide, creating the biggest visual change on the Cafe while providing wind protection for the rider.

Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe

This photo shows the differences in the cockpit between the Z900RS (red) and the Cafe. While the seat is slightly different, the most noticeable change will be with the location of the grips.

The functional changes are the stepped seat and the drop-style handlebar. While we only have numbers for how the Cafe’s seat height differs from the RS (32.3 in. versus 31.5 in., respectively), they don’t match what the provided photo which overlays the Z900RS and the Cafe, showing the RS seat being higher. We surmise from the photo that Kawasaki sent us with its press release that the grips are roughly 1.0-1.5 in. lower and slightly forward of the RS’ position. The sum effect should be a slightly sportier riding position that angles the rider’s upper body forward. Other than that educated guess about the riding position, we’ll have to wait until we actually get a chance to ride Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe to tell you what it’s really like. We hope it will happen soon!

Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe

This swoopy bikini fairing is what the Z900RS has been crying out for since its introduction.

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The all-new Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE motorcycle, produced in limited quantities for 2018, adds a classic front fairing, stepped seat, and black low rise handlebars to the nostalgic Z900RS adding another inspired design to Kawasaki’s retro style line of motorcycles.

In building the Z900RS CAFE motorcycle, Kawasaki has once again meticulously crafted one of the most authentic retro-styledmachines in appearance and design, paying homage to an era of motorcycles that shaped the Kawasaki brand. The Z900RS CAFE takes styling cues from iconic Kawasaki models including the Kawasaki Z1-R, Eddie Lawson Replica KZ1000R, and GPz models, all while tastefully incorporating modern technology and features.

Developed for riders in search of a well-rounded bike that is not only rich in history and character, but also packed with modern technology and handling. The Z900RS CAFE is powered by a 948cc in-line four engine, features a modern trellis frame, and modern suspension components that bring an unmatched level of performance.

By blending the sleek sweeping contours of the Z900RS with Kawasaki’s classic caferacer styling and class-leading performance technology, Kawasaki has yet again created another truly authentic motorcycle. The Z900RS CAFE received the same meticulous attention to detail in its construction as its predecessors did, from the Z1 inspired teardrop gas tank to the simple uncluttered engine design, all the way down to the sporty vintage inspired fairing and tail section.

The newest addition to the Z900RS lineup, the Z900RS CAFE, is packed with technologically advanced components and features, including the 41 mm inverted front forks, assist and slipper clutch, Kawasaki TRactionControl (KTRC), and a fully tuned exhaust note. New features appear as well including a brushed stainless steel exhaust system, black low-rise handlebars, stepped seat, fairing, and new engine case covers.The Z900RS CAFE is available in Vintage Lime Green.

Retro Styling

A few of the eye-catching features of the Z900RS CAFE are the beautiful sporty front fairing, black low-rise handlebars and iconic four and a half gallon teardrop fuel tank, which were inspired by the styling of the Kawasaki Z1 and the Z1-R. The entire frame was designed around positioning and showcasing the beautiful cafe-raceraesthetics of the bike. The retro vibe also influenced much of the look of the front end as well, such as the large 170 mm LED headlamp, which blends old school looks and modern designs.Position lamps in the high-beam chambers ensure the whole lamp appears lit, like a retro-style bulb headlamp; a convex lens and chromed headlamp ring add to the high-quality finish and appearance. The iconic Kawasaki styling of the 70’s and 80’s inspired theflowing design of the seat and rear cowl on the Z900RS CAFE. The oval design of the LED taillight also pays homage to its Z1 lineage. Unlike standard LED taillights that appear as a collection of dots, the surface-emitting LED taillight lights up as a solid surface. An analogue-style speedometer and tachometer give off the retro vibe for the gauges, which is contrasted by a multi-functional LCD screen with an easy-to-read black and white display that continues the theme of blending retro styling and modern technology.

The simple, uncluttered engine design was very important to Kawasaki engineers when building the Z900RS CAFE. Its engine has its own unique look and features all-new black stylish engine covers. The engineers wanted to capture the air-cooled & carbureted feel, to make the bike stand out in an age where electronics have become increasingly popular in the engine bay. The stylish engine fins were cast onto the cylinder head to create the image of an air-cooled engine. The long, flowing 4-into-1 stainless steel header design mates to the short, low hanging megaphone silencer ties together the vintage image of the Z900RS CAFE

The cast aluminum wheels chosen for the Z900RS CAFE feature flat spokes designed to look like classic wire-spoked wheels. The wheels offer a balance of lightweight and stylish looks, contributing to both handling and a design suited to the retro category.

Strong, Smooth Inline-Four Engine & Transmission

The Z900RS CAFE, features a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 948cc inline four cylinder engine. Its design and configuration offer a great balance of power and manageability, delivering strong low and mid range torque that provides all riders the reassuring feeling of control. Several engine components played a crucial role in achieving the smooth, reliable, consistent power needed for the Z900RS CAFE. Utilizing the downdraft positioning of the 36 mm throttle bodies was crucial in allowing intake air to travel in the most direct route to the combustion chamber, which is all complemented by ECU controlled sub throttles that provide silky smooth throttle response.

To facilitate smooth shifting the gearing ratio of the Z900RS CAFE was designed to have a short first gear, making it easier to launch. It also features a longer sixth gear for improved ride comfort when touring or cruising at highway speeds and also allows the engine to operate at lower rpm, which in turn results in improved fuel efficiency and reduced engine vibration.

The Z900RS CAFE features a high-quality clutch with assist and slipper function working in unison with its transmission. Additionally, the back-torque limiting slipper function of the clutch contributes to stability by helping to prevent wheel hop during downshifts.

Kawasaki’s Precision Tuned Exhaust Note

While the Kawasaki inline-four cylinder engines have been historically known for their great-sounding exhausts, Kawasaki has used sound research to craft an ideal exhaust note. Sound tuning on the Z900RS CAFE was focused on the initial roar to life, idling, and low-speed riding where the rider is best able to enjoy the exhaust’s deep growl. To ensure both performance and the desired sound were achieved, every aspect of the exhaust system was scrutinized: exhaust pipe length, collector design, where to position the bends, even the density of the glass wool fibers in the silencer. More than 20 renditions of the system were tested before finding the perfect match. Clever internal construction of the pre-chamber achieves a balance of sound and performance, and at low-rpm, the exhaust escapes in a straight line, while at high-rpm the exhaust is routed through an additional passage.

The high quality stainless steel exhaust system features a 4-into-1 collector layout.  The header pipes and pre-chamber are built as a single unit. The exhaust headers feature a double-wall construction, which helps to minimize heat discoloration and provide protection from the elements. The compact stainless steel megaphone-style silencer contributes to the retro appearance of the Z900RS CAFE. To ensure the highest quality finish possible the header pipes are all treated with a special three stage buffing process:the first is done as individual parts, the second is done once the exhaust is assembled, the third stage is a final buffing process.

Lightweight Trellis Frame

To achieve the desired weight, handling characteristics, and appearance, the Z900RS CAFE received a high tensile steel trellis frame. The lines of the frame were made as straight as possible, only utilizing bends when necessary, which has created a frame that disperses stress extremely well and enhances handling. Also aiding in the pursuit of lightweight and performance handling is the rigid-mounted engine, which is connected at five points to the frame: front and rear of the cylinder head, behind the cylinder, and at the top and bottom of the crankcases. Its minimalist design has helped to trim all unnecessary weight while showcasing its retro styling.

The Z900RS CAFE has a laid back and relaxed design, which was achieved by raising the front and lowering the rear.


Complementing the ride comfort of the all-new performance designed trellis frame is a 41 mm inverted fork and Kawasaki’s Horizontal Back-Link rear suspension design. The high-grade fork features fully adjustable 10-way compression and 12-way rebound damping, enabling riders to find their precise settings to suit their preference and riding style. Enhancing the performance of the rear is Kawasaki’s Horizontal Back-Link rear suspension design. The rear shock features fully adjustable rebound damping and preload.This arrangement contributes to mass centralization while ensuring that the suspension is located far enough from the exhaust that it is not affected by heat.


Handling the stopping duties of the Z900RS CAFE is a full disc brake setup featuring modern ABS.The radial-pump front brake master cylinder commands a pair of 4-piston radial-mount monobloc calipers to grip a pair of 300 mm brake discs, providing plenty of stopping power. The rear brake features a single piston, pin-slide caliper gripping a 250 mm disc.

Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC)

The Z900RS CAFE is equipped with Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), which has two performance settings riders can choose from: Mode 1 prioritizes maximum forward acceleration, while Mode 2 provides rider reassurance by facilitating smooth riding on low-traction surfaces.

When selected, Mode 2 utilizes the same logic and control as Mode 1, but enables riders to better negotiate both short patches of slippery terrain, such as train tracks or manhole covers, and extended stretches of other less predictable surfaces. Wheel spin is also limited when starting on a low-traction surface. However, when excessive rear wheel spin occurs, Mode 2 switches to three-way control, which governs the ignition timing, fuel delivery and airflow, and engine output is reduced to a level that helps the rear wheel to regain grip. This fine control results in a very natural feeling with smooth engagement and on/off transition. Riders may also elect to turn the system off to enjoy the raw feel of riding.


The 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS CAFE is available in Vintage Lime Green


Z900RS CAFE $11,499


Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) started full-scale production of motorcycles over a half century ago. The first Kawasaki motorcycle engine was designed based on technical know-how garnered from the development and production of aircraft engines, and Kawasaki’s entry into the motorcycle industry was driven by the company’s constant effort to develop new technologies. Numerous new Kawasaki models introduced over the years have helped shape the market, and in the process have created enduring legends based on their unique engineering, power, design and riding pleasure. In the future, Kawasaki’s commitment to maintaining and furthering these strengths will surely give birth to new legends.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, side x sides, and Jet Ski®watercraft through a network of almost 1,100 independent retailers, with close to an additional 7,400 retailers specializing in general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100 people in the United States, with approximately 250 of them located at KMC’s Foothill Ranch, California headquarters.

Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.®”, is recognized worldwide. The Kawasaki brand is synonymous with powerful, stylish and category-leading vehicles. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of powersports products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at

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Dunlop Adds Sportmax Q4 Track Day Tire To Line

Track riding junkies rejoice! The release of the Dunlop Sportmax Q4 is at hand! They should be arriving in dealerships later this month.

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Dunlop Sportmax Q4

Dunlop Expands Sportmax Line with the Addition of the Track-Day High-Performance Q4

Buffalo, NY: Here’s the first thing you need to know about Dunlop’s all-new Sportmax Q4®: This purpose-built track day tire achieves lean angles up to 62 degrees*, more than any other street-legal tire Dunlop has ever made.

Utilizing technology shared by Dunlop’s cutting-edge MotoAmerica road race tires, the Q4 is made in Dunlop’s Buffalo, New York, plant on the same proprietary equipment as the racing products. Only Dunlop makes sport tires in America.

Dunlop Sportmax Q4

Dunlop Sportmax Q4 front tread.

The Q4 is not a replacement for Dunlop’s popular Q3+, but instead adds depth to the Sportmax family lineup to accommodate track-day-level riding like no other Dunlop DOT street tire has before.

The Sportmax Q4 will be sold through all Dunlop retailers, as well as race distributors, so it’s easily accessible to all riders.

At a glance, the all-new Q4 features:

–      Bold on-tread branding that’s remarkably detailed.

–      New tread pattern with low groove density that puts down a massive footprint, especially during maximum lean angles.

–      Street-friendly performance—does not require tire warmers, and minimizes the need for chassis adjustments.

–      Designed in new sizes such as 180/60ZR17 and 200/55ZR17 to work on sport bikes with sophisticated electronics packages. These new sizes also offer a more aggressive profile option for track use for many sport bikes.

–      The rear tire features Dunlop’s Jointless Tread (JLT) technology, the same process used in Dunlop’s racing slicks. JLT applies a continuously wound tread strip over the carcass to achieve the ideal stability, flex, and grip across the tire’s tread profile.

–      Dunlop’s proprietary Carbon Fiber Technology (CFT) in the sidewalls for even greater stability.

–      Dunlop’s proprietary Intuitive Response Profile (IRP) for ultra-linear and responsive steering.


The Sportmax Q4 will be available in May 2018 in an expanded size range to cover a variety of Japanese and European sport bikes.

Dunlop Sportmax Q4

Dunlop Sportmax Q4 rear tread.

Sportmax Q4 Front

Size Load Speed
120/70ZR17  (58W)

Sportmax Q4 Rear

Size Load Speed
180/55ZR17 (73W)
180/60ZR17  (75W)
190/50ZR17 (73W)
190/55ZR17  (75W)
200/55ZR17  (78W)

*As tested by Dunlop on a 2017 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 RR on a closed track at Barber Motorsports Park.

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