Dunlop Introduces New KR451 Slick Tire Size Designed Specifically for the 600 Class

Dunlop has introduced a new slick tire size for the Supersport class designed specifically for 600cc racing machines. Dunlop developed this new road racing slick specifically for the 5.5-inch rim used on 600s, and it offers significantly elevated performance for the class. This 180/60R17 rear tire is available in soft and medium compounds first in the MotoAmerica series, and will soon be available to club racers across the country.

Developed on tracks across the country with top 600-class riders including Garrett Gerloff, JD Beach, Benny Solis and others—and at Dunlop’s Proving Grounds in Huntsville, Alabama—this new tire provides greater feel at maximum lean, quicker cornering transitions, increased overall grip, and prolonged tire life—a big benefit to club racers. Lap time improvements during testing were at least a second a lap depending on the track.

“As the series tire supplier for MotoAmerica, it would be easy for Dunlop to not aggressively pursue new tire designs,” said Mike Buckley, Dunlop Motorcycle’s Vice President of sales and marketing. “But we have continually developed our racing products, and this new tire is a way to provide 600-class riders with tire technology designed specifically for that class, which we hope will provide these riders new opportunities to elevate their own performance and get even better at their craft.”