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tires gl 1500

Post by saywen63 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:48 am

Hi to all , tire question !
looking to buy dunlop elite 4 for my gl 1500 . anyone with expericence with these tires ? pros/cons ?

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Re: tires gl 1500

Post by Dusty Boots » Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:09 pm

I used to like the Dunlop E3s, but since they changed to the E4, I will not try out the front E4 as it has a center rib tread design and through my many years/miles of riding experience, ribbed tires tend to follow tar snakes/road irregularities and are affected far more by grated surfaces (like grated bridges) than a tire with a cross tire tread pattern, like the old E3!!!
I know nothing of the rear E4, but I have since switched to Avon Cobras up front and a CT for the rear.

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Post by Redhot » Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:15 pm

They work well, but I put on avons cobras after dunlops. A bit softer, so wear quicker, but better grip and feel in dry and in rain. This is just what it felt like, not scientific fact. Avons do like to have a slightly higher pressure in them. New tyres will feel great after old ones, whichever you choose. Got to agree with dusty on centre rib though. .

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Post by joeincalif » Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:38 am

like oil, everyone has their favorites. I used Dunlops for a long time on several different bikes, I switched to Bridgestones and really liked them. I'm not sure but I THINK Honda is Bridgestones on the new wings.Someone with a new wing can chime in with the correct information on that.
Also many riders like Metzllers.

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Post by dingdong » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:04 pm

I have a rear E4 with around 5k miles. I really like it a lot. Nothing negative to report. Still not showing wear and best of all no cupping and no noise which was what I hated about the E3s. I just put one on the front so nothing really to report yet except that it is smooth and "silent".

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Post by Mh434 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:14 pm

I put MT4's on my GL1500 last year, and I love 'em. I replaced the 3's, which still had some life in them, but weren't sticky enough for my liking & they howled like a lonely dog in turns. The 4's are far quieter, seem to have far better grip (especially under braking!), and don't exhibit tramlining like the 3's did.

I can't speak to their longevity as I haven't put enough mile on them, but so far (a couple of thousand miles) there's no visible wear, and no loss of performance.

To be honest, I was thinking of going away from Dunlops after the 3's, but I'm glad I stayed with them now. No complaints from me!

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Re: tires gl 1500

Post by jim34481 » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:45 am

I put a pair of E4s on my 1500 last summer and have 8000 miles on them. I like them so far. No noise like the E3s.

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Re: tires gl 1500

Post by DenverWinger » Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:54 am

New E4 on the rear last summer, the E3 on the front still has 3/4 tread. The E4 is much quieter than the old E3. The bike drove very well to Michigan and back last year, 2-up and pulling 500lb camper and gear. As stated, not yet enough miles on it to judge longevity...
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Re: tires gl 1500

Post by Corkster52 » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:23 am

I put an E4 on the front about 6 months ago and did the rear a few weeks ago. There is a little noise when cornering, but not bad.

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Re: tires gl 1500

Post by Happytrails » Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:29 pm

Riding on cobras but miss the venoms

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