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post #1 of 14 Old Aug 24th, 2006, 6:46 am Thread Starter
 
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I had dinner with a buddy of mine last night who has an HD ultra classic cruiser.He had put on a Dunlop tire on the rear of the bike ( correct size and tire pressure) 6 months ago and the thing is completely worn out in 3,500 miles of travel. Question: Is this normal for Dunlop tires? He said he got like 13,000 miles out of the original tire that came on the bike! He basically just rides back and forth to work.Thanks, Ron
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I had dinner with a buddy of mine last night who has an HD ultra classic cruiser.He had put on a Dunlop tire on the rear of the bike ( correct size and tire pressure) 6 months ago and the thing is completely worn out in 3,500 miles of travel. Question: Is this normal for Dunlop tires? He said he got like 13,000 miles out of the original tire that came on the bike! He basically just rides back and forth to work.Thanks, Ron
I would guess either incorrect Dunlop, poor tire monitoring (pressure), or more hot rod riding than is good for the tire. Even on my stroked FXR I get 10,000 to 12,000, & most of my friends with baggers get that or better.

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I wouldn't think that was the norm for Dunlop. I have only used them a couple of times and they went farther than that. I would guess that he got a tire that wasn't the right load rating for his bike. I have heard of some tires that come in the same size but with a different letter that says their load rating. People have been getting some wrong ones on the ST1300 and they don't last too long. Dunlop is one of those.
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I had dinner with a buddy of mine last night who has an HD ultra classic cruiser.He had put on a Dunlop tire on the rear of the bike ( correct size and tire pressure) 6 months ago and the thing is completely worn out in 3,500 miles of travel. Question: Is this normal for Dunlop tires? He said he got like 13,000 miles out of the original tire that came on the bike! He basically just rides back and forth to work.Thanks, Ron
I use Dunlops on my VL1500 and it is about the same dimensions as a HD UC, I get about 14,000kms or 9000 miles-ish and that is mostly on twisties.

So I would say that is a very limited lifespan on the tyre.
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if he does burn outs, it might be normal. otherwise no. omurphy
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I had dinner with a buddy of mine last night who has an HD ultra classic cruiser.He had put on a Dunlop tire on the rear of the bike ( correct size and tire pressure) 6 months ago and the thing is completely worn out in 3,500 miles of travel. Question: Is this normal for Dunlop tires? He said he got like 13,000 miles out of the original tire that came on the bike! He basically just rides back and forth to work.Thanks, Ron
Get about 8-10K miles on the Dunlops on my Electra Glide Classic....just the nature of the beast.


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~10-12k on all the Dunlop Tour Elites I've had on Harleys, Goldwings, and misc other bikes. Sounds suspicious to me.

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The Ultra gets 12-14K miles on Dunlops.
The worst the Fatboy ever got was 3,500 and that was with many burnouts / speed shifting.

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I have a buddy that has an 04 Roadking. He gets a gazillion miles on stock dunlops. My neighbor has an 06 Ultra Classic 3500 miles and the rear tire is gone. It seems the manufacturer is using a different compound.

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Check the rear wheel alignment. If skewed this will increase wear.

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I runs Dunlop K-491s on Phantom. She gets about 12K miles out of the rear. This is a great bias type tyre.
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Check the tire code for compound. Unless there is something going on with the bike or the right wrist they should last longer .

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Testing

HD did extensive testing with Dunlap
on the FL it was always 10000 mi on the rear
20000 on the front.....

I gota think it is a "volume control" er throttle problem !

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