RANKING: #2 Cruiser Tire
Miles, miles and more miles: The Elite 4 with MT Multi-Tread technology in the rear provides significantly more mileage than single compound tires. It’s also available in sizes to fit hundreds of different models, from new Gold Wings to bikes dating back to the early 1980s. All Elite 4 rear tires utilize Dunlop’s MT Multi-Tread technology with a long-wearing compound in the center of the tire and a lateral-grip compound on each shoulder, providing increased mileage without sacrificing handling.
New tread pattern helps provide class-leading wet-pavement performance, even wear over the life of the tire, and less road noise. Available in radial and bias-ply construction, the Elite 4 fits hundreds of touring, cruiser and standard bikes, including current and non-current machines. High-mileage, even-wear characteristics, and great grip- the all-new Elite 4.
Poor handling on metal grate bridges
The Dunlop Elite 4 have mixed reviews. Some riders have used the tire multiple times. Others complain of poor handling on metal grate bridges and poor wet handling. All have said that the mileage is good, even on heavy bikes.
Reviews by Source
41 reviews, 4.6 of 5 stars. On a Gold Wing, one felt the wet handling was poor. Another Gold Wing rider gets 13k miles. Another changed from the Elite 3 to the Commander 2, and then the Elite 4, feels the Elite 4 handles better than the Commander 2. On a 2002 GL1800, got 15k miles, confidence inspiring, only issue is metal grate bridges, middle groove seems to track, good feedback before grip gives way. On a 97 Honda Valkyrie, confidence inspiring in wet and dry, sharp cornering. Another got 18,500 miles. On a 2005 Honda Goldwing, had a bad shimmy on metal grate bridge. On a 2003 Goldwing, poor handling on grooved pavement.
125 ratings, 4.8 of 5 stars. One rider likes the Elite 3 over the Elite 4, sides wore though before the center. On a Goldwing, got 18k and 20k. On a GL1800, felt the wet handling was poor.
49 reviews, 4.3 of 5 stars. Another complains of wet handling, feels like hydroplaning. Another got 18k, tires stick like no other tire. Another had the sides wear out before the center, got 7k miles. Another feels the Elite 4 is better than the Elite 3. Another reports of cupping on the rear.