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Mileage, mileage and more mileage: Dunlop’s all-new Elite 4 with MT Multi-Tread rear tires provide significantly more mileage than single-compound tires.
All Elite 4 rear tires utilize Dunlop’s MT Multi-Tread technology with a long-wearing compound in the center of the tire and a lateral-grip compound on each shoulder, providing increased mileage without sacrificing handling.
New tread pattern helps provide class-leading wet-pavement performance, even wear over the life of the tire, and less road noise.
Available in radial and bias-ply construction, the Elite 4 fits hundreds of touring, cruiser and standard bikes, including current and non-current machines.
High-mileage, even-wear characteristics, and great grip- the all-new Elite 4.
*** Updated 09-04-2018 ***
With 15,000 miles on the tires...
This is my second update to an original review I did on these tires. My wife and I road two up and we pulled a motorcycle trailer our last two trips, the last being 6,385 miles. The tires continue to perform without any issues. Handling and comfort, as well as wet weather traction are all great.
Unfortunately, on the way home with about 120 miles remaining on our trip, I hit a bolt on the highway and it made a finger sized hole in the rear tire, almost instantly deflating the tire at 80 miles per hour. The bike felt squishy on the rear but I was able to ride about 3/10ths of a mile to a rest area. I put these tires on at 10,800 miles and had the flat at 25,800 miles, exactly 15,000 miles. I am certain I could have ridden another 5,000 miles with the remaining tread on the rear.
As for the front, it still looks very good and I will most likely get another 5,000 miles out of it.
For those wondering, I carry a spare rear wheel for my Goldwing in the back of the motorcycle trailer, so I was able to change out the tire and get home. I had a new Dunlop Elite 4 installed on the back and I hope to get 20,000 miles or more out of it.
I put my first set of E4's on and have ran E3's before. The E4's have to be the roughest riding tire I have ever had. I run 40 psi front and 42 psi rear and can feel the smallest stone in the road. These must be the hardest rubber compound on the market. I find like a lot of other reviewers, that these tires have prolems with groves in the road and god for bid you drive over a metal grated bridge. I ride two up 99% of the time and the wife does not care for them either. Hope the mileage is good if nothing else. I have not found a tire worth the money we pay for them. I love the Avon Cobras but the front tires become out of round with in 6k to 8k. Had 3 sets of Avon cobras and all the front tire did that. Looks like need to run E3 front and Avon Cobra rear. Who knows i guess if own a bike you just have to be able to throw endless money at it for tires. Must just be the nature of the beast.
I have ridden Dunlop Elite 3 for years... so when the Elite 4 came out I was so excited to try them. I love riding the curves with the Elite 4... 20% faster in the curves- these tires stick! I have others that ride with me on other brand tires and they can't believe the handling I am getting with these tires.
I haven't seen any of the problems with the road snakes! I run 41 psi in both front and rear. I am usually one up on the bike with truck, both saddle bags and a bag in the rear seat... My Goldwing is also equipped with the Centramatic Stainless Wheel Balancers, front and rear. These things make a world of difference alone...
Long story short- I would highly recommend the Dunlop Elite 4s on any Goldwing. These tires were made for riding. I hope I will get the millage out of them as others are saying. I only have 17K on them now and I truly believe I will get over 20K+!
So, I've tried them all. I ride an 80 mile round trip commute daily, therefore, that's 15-20k per year. That said; I change tires about once if not twice a year. My last set was Avon. They lasted longer (in miles driven) then Michellan (11k), Elte 3"s (12k) and 3k longer than either of 3 sets of Bridgestones(around 15k each)
Point to make about the Avon's, the Avon's were much better handling (that new tire feeling) for much longer BY FAR then any other...PERIOD!!! Moving on; My local Motorcycle guru mechanic dude, that's really good BTW, urged me to try the Elite 4's this time. I thought "what the hell". After 2k, they're pretty cool. Pro: When twisting the bike around turns, they're spectacular. "Maybe even better then the Avon's" (Read my Avon revue). However, those other E 4 revue's that point out that the front tire follows road snakes & grooved roads like a squirrel"..... are very accurate. Whether this turns out to be an acceptable trade off for manufacturer claimed durability, I'll let you know when I get there. Therefore, and, thinking in the "what if", if they end up lasting 20k plus, I'll put them on again. If they end up lasting only as long as previous Avon's..Back to Avon. I'll update at 10k and let you know what's happening then. P.S. Avon's don't wander...
My first set of Elite 4 gave me 14300 miles on the rear with 2/32 left on the tire, minimal cupping.
I ride 1 up, about 11K of the miles were with trunk, saddle bags loaded and a bag also in the rear seat - so, maybe an extra 80 pounds of weight. I ride long and hard over hot surfaces throughout the summer at 75- 80 MPH.
The front still has about 3/32 of tread left at 12600 miles, but I switched it out with a new one as I am planning on a 3K trip next month.
The front does wander a little on the grooved surfaces, but I have gotten used to it. They do not grab as well as the softer competitors because the center of the tire is said to be a harder rubber for mileage, but, when in the twisties, they do hold the corners fairly well. I find I am slowing down more in the rain and on slick surfaces than I have with the Elite 3s. I like them well enough to have bought a second set.
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