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Which tire has the most mileage under normal condiions?

Poll ended at Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:26 pm

KENDA _ K676 RetroActive
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Which tire?

Post by FM-USA » Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:26 pm





(POLL - 5 days, ends Friday)
I ride 24/365 and around 20,000 miles per year.
Tire replacement 2 to 4 times a year is rather expensive.

Of the 3 last Battlax tires I ran, 2 tires outer carcass cracks badly.
OH, they still held air but sure looks deadly. :shock:
Dunlops E3 was the tire of choice before that but was never really happy with it.
Besides, they're not in production anymore.


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Re: Which tire?

Post by detdrbuzzard » Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:07 am

I had to put a Dunlop e-4 on the back of my 1500 wing after my niece got a flat out in grand rapids, mi. being a new tire with about 500 miles on it I don't have much feed back
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Re: Which tire?

Post by FM-USA » Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:32 am

detdrbuzzard wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:07 am
I had to put a Dunlop e-4 on the back of my 1500 wing after my niece got a flat out in grand rapids, mi. being a new tire with about 500 miles on it I don't have much feed back
That's one tire I'm interested in, being new and few reports of it performance, I'm holding off.
An "educated guess" would say it's better than its predecessor...but I prefer facts.

I have time before needing a front tire, just installed a Spitfire couple months ago...still evaluating it.

Quick search...Elite 4 currently comes in 130/70-18 Front, no rear. 😒
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Re: Which tire?

Post by dingdong » Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:13 am

I have an e4 on the rear of my 1500. 5k miles. I couldn't be happier with it. I have ridden in all conditions including rain slick twisties. Never a problem. Tire replaced was an e3. I hated that tire. Removed it early because of the noise and cupping. Sounded like I was riding on a tractor tire. This e4 is totally quiet and at 5k still looks new. No sign of cupping. E3 no longer being made is a good thing.
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Re: Which tire?

Post by wing rider 2012 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:27 pm

I had E-4's installed on my 1800 in August, they replaced the Bridgestones. I've put about 2,000 miles on them and I must say I like them a lot. They handle very well in the rain and they are pretty quite.
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Re: Which tire?

Post by C-dub » Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:23 pm

FM-USA wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:32 am

Quick search...Elite 4 currently comes in 130/70-18 Front, no rear. 😒
There are plenty of Dunlop Elite-4 tires out there in 180/60-16. They aren't cheap, but they're out there.
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Re: Which tire?

Post by mterraci » Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:40 pm

I've got Dunlop e-4's on both front and rear, both have 5000 miles on them.

So far so good. They look great and handle well.

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Re: Which tire?

Post by detdrbuzzard » Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:45 pm

I think Dunlop knew that they were going to drop the E-3, I had been using them on my wing since 2008 but the last two sets before the E-4's came out were the worst for cupping and noise
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Re: Which tire?

Post by FM-USA » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:38 pm

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Re: Which tire?

Post by Fiberthree » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:42 pm

My present tires are the Dunlop E3s. They have started the cupping but it isn't severe as I have been managing it by closely watching the tire pressure. As of this posting I have just over 24,000 miles on them. I was shocked to see that number as most of my sets have needed replacing after 17,000, but these have the dual compounds which have the harder center and softer sides. They have always felt secure even in the rain. I am looking forward to seeing how the E4s perform.
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Re: Which tire?

Post by bluthundr31 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:15 pm

Avon Cobra on front with 2 oz. of Dyna-beads. Great grip-age, eliminates "tar-snakes" and "cement grooves".

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Re: Which tire?

Post by dtrider » Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:33 am

I have a set of Dunlop E4s on my 1800. I currently have a tad under 13,000 miles on them. I would guess that I'll get another 5,000 out of them, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm not that great at that type of estimating. They replaced a set of E3s that I had 14,000 miles on when I saw steel in the rear.

They felt a little squirrely when I first got them because the groove around the diameter of the front tire would try to track the rain grooves in the roads. But either I've gotten used to it or they have worn past that because they feel great now. When I do replace them it will most likely be with another set of E4s.
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Re: Which tire?

Post by FM-USA » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:02 am

dtrider wrote:
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:33 am
I have a set of Dunlop E4s on my 1800. I currently have a tad under 13,000 miles on them. I would guess that I'll get another 5,000 out of them, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm not that great at that type of estimating.

They felt a little squirrely when I first..
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Re: Which tire?

Post by Solina Dave » Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:21 pm

I've got a '78 GL, and obtaining acceptable tire sizes is becoming a problem. I've used Spitfires for years, and have always been impressed with their handling and their lifespan. Now I can't seem to obtain a factory size rear tire, and I prefer front and rear tires that are matched.
I did some research and got it down to 5 possibilities: Shinko 230 Tourmaster, Michelin Pilot Activ, Bridgestone BT-45, Avon AM26, and Pirelli Sport Demon. Where I am, they range in price between the Shinko at $202.98 a pair, to the Pirelli at $340.98, a 68% increase in price.
I'm going to go with the Shinko tires, https://www.shinkotireusa.com/product/2 ... ter/211903 not so much that they're cheaper, although that helps, but that the tread pattern appears to be closer to the Spitfire's more conservative appearance. They've also gotten generally good reviews. And I suppose, time will tell how well they perform, and for how long. For what it's worth, they apparently have design and corporate control out of Japan, and manufacturing in South Korea.
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Re: Which tire?

Post by FM-USA » Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:35 pm

Dave.
I'm currently running a rear Spitfire up front. Took a good week, 700-ish miles, to well scuff the surface, (hard braking) grabs fairly good now. The Geiger Counter sound is becoming comforting tho still odd.

So Dave, what miles did you get from your Spitfire?
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Re: Which tire?

Post by Solina Dave » Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:09 pm

FM-USA wrote:
Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:35 pm
So Dave, what miles did you get from your Spitfire?
FM,
I don't ride hard into corners, what's the point on a '78 GL? However, weather permitting, I do take fairly long day rides with very few stops. Probably 10% expressways, 50% secondary highways, and 40% winding backroads. All of this at, or about 10 to 15 percent over the limit. I'm a very non-aggresive rider, and I'm in no hurry, ever.
I'll be installing new tires first thing in the spring, before any ride of any signifigance. The Spitfires have 15,585 kms./9,684 miles on them now, and they're very close to the wear bars. There's no cupping or sidewall cracks, and I'm quite vigilant regarding air pressure. I've been using Spitfires for years, without any complaint. I did push one set to about 18,000 kms./11,200 miles, but I think I was pressing my luck. ;)
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Re: Which tire?

Post by FM-USA » Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:23 am

Dave, it does help.
It appears ILL get around 12-14k on that Spitfire. Rear tires are a bit more stout with a 32 or 2 deeper tread.
I ask since there's one out there on sale, just under $110.00 again, it's a rear tire.
THANKS...still contemplating.


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