The timing could not have been better for Dunlop to build the
Dragmax. With very limited options of a DOT approved sportbike tire that
was capable of handling the demands of the Pro Street Bike class
motorcycles, where horsepower and speeds have increased to remarkable
levels in recent years, racers were in desperate need of a tire. Dunlop
saw the need and challenge of building a tire with these capabilities,
so they accepted the challenge and decided to focus their efforts and
resources on building a tire that could put the horsepower of these
motorcycles to the ground.
To remain consistent with the market’s need for a tire and to make
sure racers did not have to change rim sizes or their setups, Dunlop
developed the Dragmax in a 190/50ZR17, the most popular size being used
on serious drag racers Metric and V-Twin motorcycles.
The Dragmax is a radial tire that utilizes Dunlop’s exclusive N-TEC
technology, which combines the benefits of compliant cut-breaker
construction with stiffer, continuously wound aramid-fiber, and
Jointless Band (JLB) and Jointless Tread (JLT) construction for maximum
grip, consistent launches, and stability going down the track. This
construction allows racers to run low pressures, increasing the tire’s
footprint for maximum traction.
To aid in providing maximum grip for high horsepower machines, Dunlop
developed a brand new, ultra-soft compound specifically for drag racing
purposes. This new compound is actually the softest street compound
Dunlop has ever produced in its Buffalo, NY plant.
A new profile, specifically designed for drag racing, was developed
to provide a much wider and flatter footprint than a typical hypersport
tire to be able to handle the demands of the most powerful Pro Street
The tire’s construction minimizes centrifugal growth to keep that
footprint as consistent as possible, which also reduces the risk of
As another added benefit to your motorcycles overall performance,
Dunlop made the Dragmax as light as possible (without sacrificing
stability) to minimize unsprung and rotational weight/mass by reducing
the tire’s tread gauge. Having a thinner tread gauge not only reduces
the tire’s weight (the Dragmax weighs nearly 1 lb. less than its closest
competitor), which improves your motorcycles performance and handling,
it also helps lessen blistering and chunking when the tires experience
The combination of the Dragmax’s extremely flat profile, ultra-soft
compound, and N-Tec construction creates the ultimate performance
package specific to drag racing that Dunlop has dubbed Maximum Grip
Technology (MGT). The performance advantages of MGT will be noticed from
the moment the riders leave the line and then all the way down the
track until they pass through the traps.
- Size: 190/50ZR17
- Load/Speed Index: (73W)
- Part Number: 45246215
- Applicable Rims: 5.50, 6.00
- Overall Diameter: 24.92?
- Overall Width: 7.56?
- Full Tread Depth: 5/32
- Maximum Load at PSI: 805 at 42
* Optimum inflation pressure varies from track to track,
depending upon surface conditions and machine type and size. A good
starting point to adjust (typically up) from is 11 PSI.