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Well the tire gremlin hit me again. Since I've bought the 2012 CCT. I've had a flat in the Ozarks in 2012, in 2013 the chip seal used out west(Wyoming/Montana/Idaho/Oregon) chewed the hell out of the Elite 2(had no choice) down to the belts in under 10,000 miles. Then the Vee rubber I had to run(once again no choice) developed a huge pimple after 3,000 or so miles so I warranted that and yesterday it went flat on me.

I didn't have this many issues on my previous 5 bikes with tires, all rears and about the same amount of miles ridden.

The one upside was my rear pads were GONE at just shy of 31,000 so at least that was a good thing and i didn't destroy my rotor. That surprised me because I really don't use the rears all that often.

Now being someone that rides a few miles I'm 'excited' about the new multitread E3 and run it through it's paces. Of course I asked the dealer service writer if it is the new style, got a quick resounding yes. This is a large high volume dealer that also sells a lot of Hondas(Goldwings).

However after they charged me $29.99(pads were $42) to install the rear pads when the tire was already off anyhow and it couldn't be any easier.

Since i trust most dealer employees as much as I trust my politicians and meterologists.

Is there an easy way to identify the new E3 style tires versus the old style? The Dunlop website was pretty much useless.

The upside is that the dealer gave me a nice discount on the tire without even asking. MSRP was something like $345 but they discounted it $210.
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Well the tire gremlin hit me again. Since I've bought the 2012 CCT. I've had a flat in the Ozarks in 2012, in 2013 the chip seal used out west(Wyoming/Montana/Idaho/Oregon) chewed the hell out of the Elite 2(had no choice) down to the belts in under 10,000 miles. Then the Vee rubber I had to run(once again no choice) developed a huge pimple after 3,000 or so miles so I warranted that and yesterday it went flat on me.

I didn't have this many issues on my previous 5 bikes with tires, all rears and about the same amount of miles ridden.

The one upside was my rear pads were GONE at just shy of 31,000 so at least that was a good thing and i didn't destroy my rotor. That surprised me because I really don't use the rears all that often.

Now being someone that rides a few miles I'm 'excited' about the new multitread E3 and run it through it's paces. Of course I asked the dealer service writer if it is the new style, got a quick resounding yes. This is a large high volume dealer that also sells a lot of Hondas(Goldwings).

However after they charged me $29.99(pads were $42) to install the rear pads when the tire was already off anyhow and it couldn't be any easier.

Since i trust most dealer employees as much as I trust my politicians and meterologists.

Is there an easy way to identify the new E3 style tires versus the old style? The Dunlop website was pretty much useless.

The upside is that the dealer gave me a nice discount on the tire without even asking. MSRP was something like $345 but they discounted it $210.
If it has the "MT" designation, it's the multi-threaded tire. So, a Dunlop E3 is not multi threaded, while a Dunlop E3-MT is.

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Yes.It says MT right on the side . A friend riding a Vision this pas weekend and I were talking about this Same issue. He has an E3 Mt on his and I have the regular E3. If yours does not have MT written in big bold letters on the side, it would be the regular one.

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Gossamer - The regular E3 retails @ $349.95 but NOBODY sells them for that. Internet price is $189 in most places with FREE shipping so $210 is "inline" for the rear tire (& $135 for the front). However, the e3-MT (that you are looking for) has an online price of closer to $220 so the odds are good that your dealer offered you the non-MT version. Have him reprice it with the E3-MT version.

PS - You also need to be VERY careful on whether you are getting a radial or a bias-ply version. The Radial's are $220. The E3-MT in BIAS PLY can be found for as cheap as $170 (from Dennis Kirk). The RETAIL price is the give-away as the BIAS retails for $297.95 so if you see anything like that, try again




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Here is a site that you can find out when your tire was made

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=11

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Well i didn't find any big bold letters but there is a spot near the bead that has MT in a circle.


Tire MSRP according to paperwork was 345.95 but they discounted it down to 202.99.

As for shopping around online, I didn't get that chance as I said it all started with another flat tire.

If I was shopping I probably would've tried the Bridgestone this time or even gotten the slightly larger Commander II.

The last emergency tire was a rear bias and I noticed no difference in handling or performance. I was in Lewiston Idaho and trust me I had plenty of miles to test it out with curves. I also did a trip over Memorial Day to eastern TN. So it handled the Tail, Blue Ridge, Devils Triangle, Moonshiner 28 with zero concern.

So in my experience mixing radial front and bias rear is a non issue.

However I was issued a radial tire.
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I was in Lewiston Idaho and trust me I had plenty of miles to test it out with curves. I also did a trip over Memorial Day to eastern TN. So it handled the Tail, Blue Ridge, Devils Triangle, Moonshiner 28 with zero concern.
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well it's supposed to rain tomorrow and Thursday so I'll get some wet road time.

I'm more interested in longevity and if it get's near 20,000 a tire I'd be in heaven.
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Well i didn't find any big bold letters but there is a spot near the bead that has MT in a circle... As for shopping around online, I didn't get that chance as I said it all started with another flat tire.... it handled the Tail, Blue Ridge, Devils Triangle, Moonshiner 28 with zero concern.

So in my experience mixing radial front and bias rear is a non issue.

However I was issued a radial tire.
Based solely on the details in this thread (and not being a tire expert ) it sounds like you got a regular non-MT radial version (normal for these bikes) so it doesn't surprise me that it handled the twisties with ease. Still a decent price for the radial non-MT.




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ndabunka you need to re-read some of the postings.

I'm pretty sure my new E3 is the new design.

As for testing in the twisties it was the BIAS Vee Rubber tire that I had on before that went flat.

I've got 100 miles on the new tire, no real fun with it yet.
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