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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.
I have always loved Dunlop tires. I ran Elite 3 tires on my 2003 GL1800 and loved them, got about 13500 on a set. Iâ€™m not sure what Dunlop changed but I am extremely disappointed with the Elite 4 set I am currently running. At less than 9000 miles I am going to have to change them. The front tire wore badly, having a well defined ridge around the middle and extreme tread wear on the sides, and is at a point where I donâ€™t trust what little tread is left. The rear could go another 1000 or so, but is getting thin on tread too. I am regular about checking pressure, and I also run the counterbalance beads. I plan to try another brand this time around, and am flat out bummed. By the way, I also run Dunlop American Elites on my Harley and really like that style as well.
FINAL REVIEW FOR THIS SET OF TIRES AT END OF SERVICE
Just replaced this set of E-4's. Mileage was 17,424 on the rear and 11,372 on the front. They were balanced with balance beads and the pressures were ran at 42 front and 44 rear. Riding consisted of a mix of mountains. ( I live in Maggie Valley N.C) and highway. Several trips of 2-3k miles each. On these trips I did pull a Bushtech trailer. I replaced this set with a exact replacement inclusive of new valve stems and balance beads. I would recommend them with the understanding that they will get somewhat noisy near the end of service life. The tires I pulled off were still considered safe but were down to the wear bars.
These tires have performed well. The front now has about 12K and the rear has about 9k. I live in Maggie Valley N.C. and expect to change them before spring due to the mountain riding. I do think running the pressures at 46 in the rear and 42 in the front along with the balance beads has helped.
*** 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.
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