1. Welcome to Bike Talk, a forum for all bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts. If you are new to Bike Talk, be sure to register for free and join the conversation.

    There's always someone around willing to help out with questions or give a friendly wave back. All Harley and metric riders are welcome.

Dunlop American Elites

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Tech Talk' started by Fatboy128, Jul 24, 2017.

  1. Fatboy128

    Fatboy128 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2011
    Messages:
    6,505
    Likes Received:
    345
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    Just for information:
    Not long ago I replaced my D401 1.50x18 rear and D402 MT90 front with Dunlop American Elites front and rear on my 2005 Fatboy. As I posted back then I absolutely loved the handling in the turns and twisties. The Fatboy seemed to lean into the corners faster and hold the line better. I recently did a 900+ freeway stint at 75-85 mph. The straight line stability suffers a bunch. The bike is very twitchy and disconcerting Nothing dangerous just requires more attention than the stock specified tires. If I were planning a bunch of freeway riding I'd have to go back to Harley's recommended tires. Maybe there is something to the MoCo warning about tires.
  2. hotroadking

    hotroadking Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2004
    Messages:
    13,153
    Likes Received:
    407
    Location:
    Mouseville USA
    It's the profile of the tires, the new tires for HD have a more rounded shape which allows better handling, the old D402 series have a flat portion,

    The old D402's did provide more straight line stability due to the flat vs rounded profile. Consequently the d402 wore fast in the center and cornered like crap.

    It's just getting used to them I changed my heritage from D402's to Avon Venoms before the new American Elites, same thing, bike handled like a sport bike compared to the old D402 tires.
  3. Fatboy128

    Fatboy128 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2011
    Messages:
    6,505
    Likes Received:
    345
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    I remember the older HOGs had the flat treads.

Share This Page