Dunlop SportSmart Tyes with NTec What is NTec....NTec construction acts as a mechanical grip booster at low inflation pressure for track days. Riders can maximize the available grip on road or track without compromising the stiffness of the tyre. For dry track days, deflating the rear NTec tyre to approx 25psi will deliver predictable and tenacious handling on the limit. ( from the sales brochure ) Recently it was time for new tyres on the 10r. Always running Michelins in the past and finding that lately my interest in their tyres has been wayning (pun) so I thought 'may as well give these new Dunlops a try'. My comments here compare the new Dunlop SportSmart tyres to Michelin Power 2CT's on the same bike and other people may not get the same results or have the same impressions as I have. ( disclaimer & arsecovering ) The first days...... Brand new on the rims and scrubbing the tyres in....After a quick cleaning to remove as much of the mould release ( one of the reasons new tyres are slippery ) it was off for a quick blatt of the local circuit around the Narre East / Harkaway / Upper Beac area. Conditions ranged from dry, to dry track, to damp/damper patches. Initial warm up - fairly equal. Both the Dunlops and the Michelins warm up fairly quickly getting to a reasonable operating temperature within 3-6 kms. While the tyres are in this phase the Dunlops behaved well offering good feedback and predictable behaviour. Once warm the Dunlops offer good grip and steer very well. I was expecting the Dunlop tyres to steer a little quicker that the previous Michelin tyres, but I was wrong. Overall my impressions after my 100km 'lap' are, 'sweet' steering, excellent road grip, excellent ability to hold a line over varying surface conditions, very little deflection from road irregularities. My interest in going back to Michelin's after these tyres is 'wayning' even further..... Friday....RAIN.... awesome, I've always been someone who enjoys and looks forward to a little "Mr Sqiggle" and on the second day of ownership I've been rewarded with the perfect conditions....roads nicely soaked overnight to wash off the oil and crud, followed by lighter consistent rain for my commute to school. How did the tyres behave... First up let say I wish we had race "wets" as good as today's road tyres back when I raced in the 80's. Wet weather performance of the modern day road radial tyres is just plain awesome, offering levels of grip and predictability that we could only have dreamed of back then. That said, I was expecting the SportSmart to be fairly excitable with its high solid to groove ratio appearing to offer limited ability to disperse water underfoot. Nothing could have been further from the truth. These tyres were just plain awesome in the wet. Predictable sliding and spinning up was the order of the day. Thing to learn about riding in the wet is 'smoooooth' and together with a little right wrist traction control..I had a ball....you know the feeling you get when you've just had the best 30km blast and it all fell into place just perfectly....not even the office biatch can get in your face when the smile on the dial is that big. Saturday.....Sun is out again....time to try out the NTec. Broadford turns on the weather - mild, mid 20's, light breeze ...hard to take but it does happen sometimes. I drop the front pressure to 30psi ( fronts do not have, nor do you want NTec on the front ) and the rear to 25psi and off we go. There's not a lot to say that hasn't already been said in the glossy mags...These tyres are just plain awesome. While the Michelin Power 2CT's are an excellent sport touring tyre, when the speed and temperature rise they start getting a little squirmy.... Not the Dunlop's. Grip, traction, side grip, wear and the rest, just plain awesome. In a later session I tried a slightly lower pressure in the rear tyre.....more of the same, but now we are in the territory of suspension fine tuning to get the best out of the tyre and the time ran out. Dunlop have rewritten the "sports" definition with the new SportSmart tyres. We now have a tyre that can commute Monday to Friday, scoot the hills on the weekend, and with only a simple pressure adjustment, hold its own against some of the more focused competition from other manufacturers when its time for the occasional track day. No freebies or favours were handed out or received in relation to the writing of this story.