Sunday, April 21, 2024


BMW Motorrad has chosen Dunlop’s SportSmart TT as OE fitment on the new limited-edition M1000RR development of its S1000RR superbike.

Commenting on this coup, Dunlop Moto Europe original equipment manager Miguel Morais enthused: “We are proud that BMW has awarded Dunlop with an exclusive supply agreement for the first-ever ‘M’ motorcycle. Every M1000RR will be fitted with SportSmart TT, which underlines and endorses the high performance and technology of the tyre.”

Although the machine takes its ‘M’ prefix from BMW’s higher-performance car range, it’s actually a significantly re-engineered and upgraded homologation special primarily aimed at customer race teams. This means it must initially have a road-legal specification, and be manufactured in sufficient quantities, to earn accreditation within Superstock and Superbike competition rules.

But like similar propositions such as the Ducati Panigale V4R, many examples will end up in the hands of minted individuals for track-day and extreme road-riding activities. So, as Dunlop is obviously keen to point out, a race-inspired bike requires race-inspired tyres.

SportSmart TT fits that description. It has the same NTEC RT technology as Peter Hickman’s Isle of Man TT-winning Dunlop tyres. This allows the rear pressure to be lowered for track use, enlarging the contact patch and maximising grip. And a unique feature of SportSmart TT is its Speed Vent Tread which has a tread groove pattern that opens and closes when the tyre turns, creating a vent-like effect to improve heat dissipation.



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