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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.
The Elite 4 on my F6B has sub parr performance. When I first installed them, on the way home from the shop, within less than a kilometre the performance was scary. The front end wandered so much, I thought I had left the front bolts loose. I returned to check it out and all secure. Up to 70 kph the wandering was constant and a highway speeds the wandering stopped. 12000 kms in and a slight improvement was experienced. I replaced with the Bridgestones and noticed a substantial improvement. The wandering is completely gone. The Elite 4s are not recommended for the F6B.
I recently finished a 7,250-mile road trip from Texas to the northwestern states. I had about 9,000 miles on the OEM Bridgestones and had to replace them. I wanted a tire that could give me much better mileage but still provide the comfort the Bridgestones did. After researching these and some convincing input from a local bike repair shop which primarily serves Harley's, I decided to go with these tires.
The one thing I was concerned about was the comfort they would provide. I am a fan of the darkside for the mileage (ran a Bridgestone Driveguard for 30,000 miles on rear), but not for the handling. And though I didn't think I noticed the rougher ride, my wife didn't like the Darkside tire, so what the heck, I went back to OEM Bridgestones.
Well, I say I was concerned because I found all sorts of great things about these tires, but everyone seemed totally silent on the "comfortable ride" part. I couldn't find anything or anyone talking about that. But I did it anyway and put them on (front and rear).
Another potential concern was that in my research, I found riders who complained about this tire wanting to follow tar snakes. A few people complained about the ride on grooved pavement with these tires.
My results? Holy smokes! Far superior to the darkside handling and comfort (I ran 42 PSI due to TPMS), and I would rate them superior in comfort and handling to the Bridgestones. I really, really like them. They are great in rain and really stick to the road. I had absolutely no problem whatsoever with them wanting to follow tar snakes. And as for grooved pavement, they performed much better than the OEM Bridgestones. Will it get the mileage the darkside offers? Of course not, but if I can pull off 15,000 - 20,000 miles, I would consider it a success. As for the wife, she says she will pay for the comfort these tires give her versus the darkside. (I am not against the darkside by the way). Some of my research indicated you can exceed 20,000 miles on the rear tire, and my repair shop that provided the input? He showed me a Dunlop Elite 3 he took off a Harley with 23,000 miles on it with very little wear evident... Yeah, not a Goldwing, but still. The tire looked great. And the Elite 4 was engineered for more mileage than the Elite 3, but with soft rubber for traction on the sides.
Now, two things I offer as a disclaimer. I only have 3,000 on them, but it has been a great 3,000 miles. I am hoping to get some great mileage out of them, but that is a hope at this point. The second disclaimer is that I purchased Centramatics from Wingstuff and had them installed with the brand new Dunlop Elite 4's. How much of the comfort, handling, great ride on tar snakes and grooved pavement is the result of the Centramatics? I don't know. But what a difference the combination makes. I am sold on Centramatics and the Elite 4, for now. Assuming I don't run into issues in the miles ahead, I am sticking with these tires. Also, if I only get 10,000-12,000 miles out of them (unlikely I think), I will still stay with these tires.
Final comment... I am not against the Darkside. I know 42 PSI seems a tad bit high on pressure, and perhaps that was an issue with the rougher ride my wife complained about. The TPMS warned me if I went lower and I am not changing it just because of the darkside tire. As for anyone else's negative experiences with tar snakes and grooved pavement, I believe you had the issues - but I didn't. In fact, with the Centramatics, I rode over tar snakes with zero issue, and some of the grooved pavement was rather severe that I rode over with zero issues.
I purchased these a few months back and with about 12k on them now I will say that you should get quite a few more miles out of them. I am changing back to Bridgestone this weekend even though I could easily get another 8k out of these. I ride year round in Virginia and can say after trying about everything to improve the wet grip I have NEVER had any bike (my 2014 wing included) slip out from under me this many times. I ride between 105 and 150 miles a day on the same roads all the time with 100k+ miles on my wings and getting loose on wet pavement only 2 times on other tires these have almost caused me to go down with the tires slipping out at least a couple of dozen times in the 12k that I put on them. If you are a fair weather rider only then these are great tire for you but if you ride in wet weather stay away they are a major safety hazard.
Got to ride about 150 miles today on the new rear tire. I've owned this bike since 06 and have put 70k miles on it. These are the smoothest tires I have had. Here is the thing. Run 42lb the front and 44-46 in the rear
Also 2oz of ceramic balance beads in each from the very start. Just hope they last longer than 8k
And we can't wait to show you how it's done!
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