Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier review

By Simon Bowen on Mon, 20 Jun 2011 - 12:06

The new Sportmax Qualifier replaces the outgoing D208 and sits neatly between the surviving D208RR and the sport touring D220ST

The new Sportmax Qualifier replaces the outgoing D208 and sits neatly between the surviving D208RR and the sport touring D220ST. It's fair to assume, though, that far stickier, more track-focused adaptations will arrive to generate the racing pedigree left behind by the D208GP. For now, though, it's time to get acquainted with the stock version.

The twisty technical layout of Almeria in southern Spain is an excellent setting for a tyre test because its undulations and hard downhill braking tend to pose demanding questions of a chassis and its rubber. Dunlop claims that the Qualifier will out-grip its predecessor and out-perform it in all key areas such as warm-up time, turn-in, corner speed etc. The standard version of the D208 was not one of Dunlop's greatest tyres - I once had a very difficult time getting a CBR600RR around Donington at anything like a respectable pace, shod with a pair of the same.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/product-features/dunlop-sportmax-qualifier-tyres-review/14596.html#ixzz2tlTqfSIS

The new Sportmax Qualifier replaces the outgoing D208 and sits neatly between the surviving D208RR and the sport touring D220ST. It's fair to assume, though, that far stickier, more track-focused adaptations will arrive to generate the racing pedigree left behind by the D208GP. For now, though, it's time to get acquainted with the stock version.

The twisty technical layout of Almeria in southern Spain is an excellent setting for a tyre test because its undulations and hard downhill braking tend to pose demanding questions of a chassis and its rubber. Dunlop claims that the Qualifier will out-grip its predecessor and out-perform it in all key areas such as warm-up time, turn-in, corner speed etc. The standard version of the D208 was not one of Dunlop's greatest tyres - I once had a very difficult time getting a CBR600RR around Donington at anything like a respectable pace, shod with a pair of the same.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/product-features/dunlop-sportmax-qualifier-tyres-review/14596.html#ixzz2tlTqfSIS

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