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.
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.