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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-11-2015, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone running Dunlop Elite 3's?

I just put a set of the elite 3's on my 950 and I have to say I'm not real impressed so far. The feel kind of tippy when leaning into a curve. I noticed the mech had over inflated them to 40 front 44 rear so I dropped the pressure down to what's on the sticker hoping that would help, but no joy. I've only put about 30 miles on them so far and I'm sure I'll get used to it, but I was hoping for a lot more. I know Bevo said he has run E-3's with good results, is anyone else experiencing this?


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-11-2015, 04:13 PM
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my 650 came new with dunny 404s on it, they started cupping almost immediately i ran them at 36 front 40 rear. all dunlop tires seem to soft to me. went metzler 880s those seem to get old before they wear out. dunlop feels to grabby and noisy for me. i think availability is limited on the 1300 and 950 because of the sizes there's only a few manufactures that carry 1300 sizes i think the 950 has the same issue

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not sure what you mean by "tippy". btw, i inflate mine to 35 front, 38 rear. which is 2psi more than the owner manual's recommendations for the stock bridgestone tires. not sure what's on the "sticker" and i just looked at my front tire and couldn't find a number.

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That link Bevo took me to IMS show information??


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Hey Bevo, by tippy I mean that the bike felt like it wanted to tip over. Strange I know, but that was the sensation I was experiencing.

I took it back out this evening and I believe I'm starting to get used to them and I realized that these tires seem to allow the bike to initiate a lean more quickly than the bridgestones I was running and it feels like they turn quicker. That is to say that they appear to allow me to make a tighter radius turn than my previous tires would at the same angle of lean. They just seem to perform better in the turns and that took some getting used to. I think I'm really going to like them!

I haven't noticed any of the excess noise mentioned and it's to early to see any cupping or whatnot.


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i think tippy means when the bike kinda falls into turns. certain tread patterns exasperate this phenomena as do extreme rakes like on old style choppers.

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That's exactly it Pauli466! I wish I could have explained it that simply. Like I said, I'm getting used to it now, but it was pretty disconcerting at first.


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thanks i think any new tire takes time to get used to. even when not switching brands also handling characteristics change as the tire wears, we just don't notice because it happens slowly.

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Agreed. When I put a new Bridgestone on the rear last time it was a little different but the handling was so similar that there really wasn't a period of getting used to it. It was just better.

I bought the E-3's based on reviews and the fact that they are supposed to be so much better in the curves and on wet pavement. Well, it's a different design, with different strengths so of course it feels different because it is. I'm glad I got them and am looking forward to getting some seat time enjoying the way these fall into the twisties.


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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-13-2015, 01:57 PM
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E3s are what came stock on my Cross Country. They work well on a touring bike. I will be switching that bike to Avons next to try them out.

My Vstar 650 came with Dunlops on them. I switched to Metzlers. The Metzlers were good on perfect days. But any bit of moisture, from rain, a sprinkler, anything, they would get squirrelly. The Dunlops were much better in wet conditions. I am experiencing good rain grip with the E3s on my Cross Country also.

However, having made my 650 a bobber and putting on the new Metzlers 880 white walls, they have more grip than the older Metzlers had. They are better with moisture but still not as good as Dunlop.

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