The new Dunlop Elite 4 high-mileage motorcycle tire has made its debut. Using Dunlop’s proprietary MT Multi-Tread technology in the rear Elite 4 tire, Dunlop claims improved grip in wet and dry conditions, more consistent wear, and a quieter ride.Although the Dunlop Elite 4 is an all-new tire, it was not designed exclusively for newer motorcycles. Instead, with a broad range of sizes, the tires can be used for motorcycles that are decades old. Radial construction is available for the late-model motorcycles, while the bias ply versions of the Elite 4 can be used on bikes of all ages. For older motorcycles with older-technology tires, Dunlop claims a possible doubling of tire life compared to single-compound tires.Tread pattern is what always catches the eye of a buyer, and the new Elite 4 tread is inspired by Dunlop’s high performance, DOT-legal, track-ready tires, including the highly regarded Sportmax Q3. The long, sweeping grooves in the Elite 4 have the function of directing water away from the tire, which helps improve grip in the rain. An innovative repeating 1/32-inch deep “dot” depression in the Elite 4 serves as an easily observed tire wear indicator.Dunlop tells us that many tires that need replacement have only worn out part of the tire—either the shoulder or the center. Thanks to a focus on even wear, the Dunlop Elite 4 front tires will last longer because no single portion of the tire will wear excessively. Dunlop is claiming a five-percent increase in rear tire life for the Elite 4 over the E3 it supplants, as well as stronger grip on the road, thanks to improved compounds. Road noise will be decreased, front and rear, due to the new Elite 4 tread design.For those who like to see products made in America, the Dunlop Elite 4 was designed and engineered at the Buffalo plant where it will also be manufactured. Testing was done at the Dunlop Proving Grounds in Huntsville, Alabama, as well as roads throughout the United States. Touring aficionados will be impressed to know that Dunlop test riders took a 2007 Honda Gold Wing on six coast-to-coast rides on the same set of Elite 4 tires.Below is a list of tire sizes initially available for the Dunlop Elite 4, with more to come in future.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!