Monza Imports sent us a set of new Dunlop Sportmax Alpha-14 tyres for our Ducati GT1000 project bike and they are hot, hot, hot!
The Sportmax Alpha-13 tyres have been well loved by track riders for their high grip levels.
The new Sportmax Alpha-14 tyres look very similar with minimal tread patterns.
The tech sheet says they feature: Camber Thrust Tuning (CTT) to sharpen steering; fine carbon for improved grip and wear; Jointless Steel Belt (JLB) for shock absorption and road-holding; and Multi-Tread (MT) with a hard centre compound for increased mileage and a lateral-grip compound on each shoulder for grip.
Dunlop Sportmax Alpha-14 test
That all sounds good, but how do they perform?
After just a short ride along the highway, I pulled up to check their temperature and was amazed at how hot they were almost to the edge, even though the bike had been mainly on its centre.
The shiny release agent coating had also disappeared.
These tyres heat up very quickly and become quite sticky. No need for long rides or weaving all over the road to break them in or heat them up!