Dun lop Elite 4's


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motorcycleradio
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Dun lop Elite 4's

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I'm running my first set of Elite 4's. I love everything about them except one, my gas mileage has dropped 3 miles to a gallon. I think it's the tires since I am not having any other problems, and my gas purchase is at the same place and I pretty much have ridden the same routes. I won't change the tires because of this, but am curious if anyone else has the same change in gas mileage? Just a yes or no is good enough, I already keep my tire pressures correct for all rides. NOTHING else is different about my gas or stuff like that. I was getting 41 mpg before the change.


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I've been running E-4s for about 7k miles now and haven't noted a drop in MPG. Now recently we switched to winter fuel and its gotten cold so I have a bit more idle time warming the bike up and more choke time but still only dropped 1 or 2 MPG over the last two weeks. All I notice is a bouncier front tire and the initial skipping around on rain grooved road (it took a thousand miles for that to wear off the new front tire).
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I know that some gas companies seem to change their gas formulations for colder weather and this frequently causes gas mileage to drop.
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I replaced my stock tires at 5,000 miles with E-4's. At the same time I put centramatic wheel balances. And wow what a difference. Both highly recommended.

I found that at the specified pressures the stock tires developed a "high " ridge along the center. Just like they were run at too low pressure. After the new tires were installed I upped the pressure by two psi . This seems to have cured the tire wear problem and also the handling issues that came with the strange handling that came along with the stock tires.

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I have probably 8k on my E-4s now and I haven't note the higher center ridge on the front like all of my E-3s formed in the latter half of their life. I also agree that running max pressure certainly did make a difference, it also pushes out the mileage at which they both developed cupping and feathering. So far my E-4s have run well after the first few hundred miles that the front chased grooves in the road; I kind of think that might have been mold release that just needed scrubbing out. Tread wear is thus far almost un-measurable. I haven't tried over exceeding cold pressure max, albeit they increase pressure when they heat up on the road. Its a balancing act between cushy ride and better life span.


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