For its GPR-300, Dunlop borrowed DNA from its tried-and-true hypersport and sport-touring tires and spliced it into an entry-level sport bike tire. Radial construction, modern rubber compounds, advanced belt design, Dunlop's proprietary Jointless Band (JLB) design, and an excellent water-siping tread pattern all bundled at a budget-friendly price.

I've logged miles on the GPR-300 tire as OEM equipment on both my Kawasaki Z900RS and my wife's Z400, and had a positive experience on both. What makes or breaks a tire: grip, handling, longevity, and price. With that in mind, let's find out how the GPR-300's stack up.

Grip

The use of modern rubber compounds make the GRP-300 lean more toward the softer, stickier side of things. They warm up quickly and perform well even when the temps drop in winter. Their profile design provides a consistent contact patch, so grip is not compromised by aggressive cornering. They grab well under hard braking and acceleration eliminating any worries about tire slippage.

Handling

The GPR-300 ranks with the best-handling tires I've ever used. The supersport DNA spliced into them yields nimble, sharp, responsive, and predictable handling. They hold a line well, turn in is quick and predictable, and they don't squirm and weave at high speeds. I'm not a fan of (most) dual-compound tires as I find the transition between compounds, especially as the tire wears, can be a bit abrupt and negatively impact handling. I prefer the simpler, more predictable single-compound construction of the GPR-300.  Overall, the handling characteristics of the GPR-300 is excellent and in my experience only bested by the likes of the SportMax Q3+, Pilot Power 3, and AV80 3D Ultra Sport, all of which are significantly more expensive.

Longevity

I can't say for sure as the life of the OEM set on my Z900 RS was cut short at about 2,000 miles by a nail. My wife's Z400 is still new and her tires only have about 1,500 miles on them so far, but aren't showing much wear at all. They're a durably constructed tire with fairly deep treads. While the modern rubber compounds lean more toward the soft side of things, it's still firmer than a sticky hypersport tire. In forums, we've seen lifespans range from as little as 4,000 up to 15,000 miles, so riders can anticipate a happy median between the two.

Price

Totally budget-friendly, entry-level pricing. There are only a handful of sport tires out there that are competitive with the price of the GPR-300, and they don't quite stack up in terms of features, construction, or sporting pedigree.

What a great time to be a motorcyclist. You can pick up an entry-level tire today that would give a high-end hypersport tire from just a few years ago a run for its money. Dunlop did its homework and delivered something pretty special with the GPR-300. It's a classic case of  punching above it's weight class. Whether you're a commuter or canyon-carver or maybe even a track day enthusiast looking for something that won't break the bank, Dunlop's GPR-300 tires are a great choice for any budget-conscious rider.