Dunlop tires for the XR1200
The stock Dunlops are not bad tires. Depending on how you ride, these Dunlop D209 Qualifier tires will last from
1,000 to 5,000 miles. Just as an aside, Dunlop does make its various tread patterns in different tire compounds.
The HD labeled Qualifiers for the XR1200 do feel like a softer (stickier) tire compound than the generic Dunlop Qualifiers.
At least I seem to get more miles out of a generic Dunlop Qualifier, than I did with the HD version.
(This is subjective though, and I do not really know whether there is a compound difference between the two versions
of the tire.) The stock front wheel is an 18" hoop that limits tire choices. Some people do not like the
stock front tire because the profile does not seem to roll into a corner easily and it can be difficult to get onto the sides
of the tire. If you switch to a 17" wheel you can pick from a wider variety of sportbike tires for the XR1200.
For reference, the stock front tire is a D209F RP 120/70ZR18 and the rear tire is a D209HD 180/55ZR17. These
are not the D209 GP-A tires.
Dunlop Race Tires
The Dunlop D211 Sportmax GP-A tire is the official tire of the Vance and Hines XR1200 spec race series. It
comes in both a "soft" and a "medium" compound. For street use I run the:
120/70ZR17 front tire (3108-35 "medium" compound), and the
190/55ZR17 rear tire
In the U.S. these tires may be purchased through a variety of shops, or direct from Dunlop's race tire service at 1-(800)
Here are some pics of the race tires, and of the HD rear tire...