New Products: Dunlop Elite 4 Cruiser/Touring Motorcycle Tire

Dunlop’s E4 is a clean-sheet design with new tread pattern that promises more mileage.

New Dunlop Elite 4 tire
Dunlop claims that with the all-new Elite 4, you could cross the country six times before needing to replace your tires. (Based on Dunlop's test performed in March of 2016 with 130/70R18 and 180/60R16 Dunlop Elite 4 tires on a 2007 model Honda Gold Wing GL1800. Mileage results may vary depending on riding style and road conditions.)©Motorcyclist

Rather than focus on developing a tire solely for new machines, Dunlop has targeted the most popular models on the road today, both new and old, and then engineered a tire that works across a very broad cross-section of motorcycles. That tire is the all-new Elite 4 featuring Dunlop’s MT Multi-Tread rear tire technology that the company claims can double the mileage compared to single-compound tires.

Available in both bias and radial construction to fit different motorcycles, the Elite 4’s MT technology in the rear tire uses a tough, long-wearing compound in the center of the tire for longer tread life, and special lateral compounds along the outside edges of the tread for cornering grip. Unique to Dunlop in the cruiser and touring tire market, Multi-Tread gives riders the best of both worlds: outstanding mileage and handling.

Dunlop Elite 4 tread pattern
The most visible new feature of the Elite 4 is the tread pattern featuring small, round tread depth indicators incorporated into the design of the pattern. The indicators disappear when the tread depth reaches 1/32-inch of remaining tread—the legal limit—providing riders with a clear visual indication that it’s time to replace the tire.©Motorcyclist

The E4 also features a completely new tread pattern with multiple advantages. First, it offers excellent grip in both wet and dry conditions—especially important for riders who don’t let a little downpour stop them. Second, the tread is designed to provide even wear from center to shoulder for consistent handling as the miles add up. And third, both front and rear patterns were designed to limit road noise for a quieter ride.

Included in the E4’s broad size range are tires for Honda Gold Wings. Gold Wing riders will note that engineers targeted specific goals for the E4 in GL1800 sizes. As a result, the front tire is designed to wear more evenly over time, increasing usable tire life, while the rear tire boosts mileage by five percent over Dunlop’s E3 Multi-Tread tire and is significantly quieter.

The most visible new feature of the E4 is the tread pattern. Aggressive in appearance, the pattern is an outgrowth of Dunlop’s famous “cosecant-curve” design first introduced in its DOT race tires, then carried into its Sportmax family of performance tires. This new pattern features significant land area and long tread grooves that put more rubber on the ground for greater dry grip and mileage. These long grooves help evacuate water, contributing to greatly enhanced wet-weather performance as well. The new pattern also includes innovative tread depth indicators incorporated into the design of the pattern that disappear when the tread depth reaches 1/32-inch of remaining tread—the legal limit—providing riders with a clear visual indication that it’s time to replace the tire.

For more information on the new Elite 4, visit Dunlop online at dunlopmotorcycletires.com.