Dunlop has launched its new motorcycle tyre, the Trailmax Meridian, which has been developed around the very specific and complex requirements of the most technically advanced adventure bikes.
The Trailmax Meridian is available in four front and three rear sizes to cover a wide range of models including the BMW GS, Honda Africa Twin and Crosstourer, KTM Adventure, Suzuki V-Strom, Triumph Tiger and Yamaha Tenere and Super Tenere.
“Over the last decade we have seen a change in the market. Sports bikes used to be the star of the sales charts, but the main growth area is now adventure bikes. Riders are attracted to the high riding position and long distance touring ability, but still demand the potential for off-road adventure. After researching these rider needs, we set a tough challenge for our research and development team.” stated Luca Davide Andreoni, Marketing Manager, Dunlop Motorcycle Europe.
Dunlop claims the Trailmax Meridian has the versatility to conquer challenges as diverse as off-road adventures and long pan-European tours – as well as harness the power and performance of the latest high-end bikes.
On the mileage front, Dunlop said the rear Trailmax Meridian outperformed its competitors on straight-line riding testing and with lean angles. Dmitri Talboom, Product Manager said: “Our research tells us this is exactly what riders need. They need the durability for long commutes or touring rides, with the ability to retain high performance for the twisty roads of a mountain touring holiday or a weekend blast in the countryside.”
There was an even greater gain in front tyre mileage, with the by-product of syncronising the predicted tyre-change time for both tyres, meaning only one dealer visit is needed rather than separate bookings for both front and rear.
Dunlop’s MultiTread technology includes a Hi-Silica compound that provides “outstanding” wet grip and makes the tyre more flexible at lower temperatures. This, coupled with a Rayon Ply Casing brings the dual benefit of increased mileage and a much quicker warm-up time benefiting riders who increasingly use adventure bikes all-year round. The rear tyre also features a new centre compound which extends to run under the shoulder compound. This helps promote the overall stiffness of the rear tyre, providing sporty handling and increased traction when power is applied.
Both the front and rear tyres feature a two layer version of this Rayon-Ply Casing which, when combined with Jointless Belt (JLB), provides confidence-inspiring handling.
Dmitri added: “Many of these adventure bikes have power that is in the hypersport league and riders expect the tyre to hide the bike’s relative bulk so they can enjoy nimble and dynamic handling. Trailmax Meridian’s mix of technologies achieves this.”
The Dunlop Trailmax Meridian also has improved off-road ability compared to competitors, the manufacturer added.