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Dunlop Roadsmart IV vs Pirelli Angel GT- 2022 Results

The only way to scientifically compare the mileage of one motorcycle tire versus another and finally put the mileage question to rest forever is to completely control for every single variable: bike, rider, terrain, weight, speed, inflation pressure, etc..which is impossible for an average rider.
Unless you work for Road Dirt Motorcycle Media.  Because we do those things.

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Decisions, Decisions

The Wild Rose Squad’s annual motorcycle pilgrimage to Nelson, BC is sacred.  Nothing keeps us from Nelson, except however, border guards.  I found that one out the hard way last year, but that is a story for another time.  If I do somehow manage this year to not be asked very politely to make an immediate u-turn and Leave Canada Right Now Sir, my next conundrum is which bike to take.  I have three compelling choices with reasons for and against.  Help me decide.

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The Old Bike and the Sea

Give me the Pacific Ocean.  You can have the rest of the country, just hand me her blue waters.  Take Beartooth Pass, Tail Of The Dragon, Going To The Sun Road and Million Dollar Highway. I’ve done them all, just leave me the Pacific, a road that runs alongside her and an old motorcycle beneath me.  Sailors know the Pacific’s pull, her captivating blue rollers have a way of getting under your skin like a seaman recruit’s poorly chosen tattoo.  Ride her shore once and you understand.

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Dunlop Roadsmart IV vs Pirelli Angel GT – Long Term Handling Observations

As I pushed wide into the oncoming lane of the right hand turn, two thoughts ran through my head.  First, I am a better rider than this.  Second, I was amazed that I needed this much bar pressure to steer Dave’s bike.  Thousands of miles and countless curves had trained my muscle memory for my 5th generation Honda VFR800 and its Dunlop tires, so when I jumped on Dave Wensveen’s identical VFR and his Pirelli tires, I almost immediately ran wide on the tight right hand corner.  I tried correcting my line.  It was too late.

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Dunlop-Pirelli Tires Dry Handling Shootout

Dunlop sent Road Dirt a set of their new RoadSmart IV sport touring tires to compete with Pirelli’s sport touring offering, the Angel GT in a sport touring tire shootout.  Road Dirt guest tester, my riding buddy and hard core tourer Dave Wensveen was roped into this test because he and I have identical 5th generation Honda VFR800s, perfect testing beds for sport touring rubber.  My bike runs with the new set of Dunlop RoadSmart IVs while Dave rides with the Pirelli Angel GT.  For our (mostly) dry handling test, we headed south to the Columbia River Gorge and the Rowena Curves.

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