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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-17-2011, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone know if the Dunlop Elite 3 Radial tires will work well on the Kinpins as opposed to the stock Dunlop bias tires. I've read that the police special Kingpin bikes use the Elite 3 radials.
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If they fit; you will be in good shape with the D3's. I really like them but they do have one fault. They will start to sing in the sweeps like a Jeep with off road tires. No biggie to me but some people seem to really dislike it.
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Anyone know if the Dunlop Elite 3 Radial tires will work well on the Kinpins as opposed to the stock Dunlop bias tires. I've read that the police special Kingpin bikes use the Elite 3 radials.
What makes you think that an E3 is a tire upgrade? If you know how to "google" or "bing", I suggest that you do so... then run as fast as you can to an entirely different brand of tire... Dunlops have proven to be dangerous, even to the police.

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Skooter, I have been told the Kingpins do not respond favorably to radial tires. I am not sure this is 100% across the board for all riders but some seasoned KP riders have had poor experiences.

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Thanks for all the replies.
With that said, what is better than the stock Dunlop's for my 2010 Kingpin. I've read many threads stating Metzler is a no-no, Bridgestone is favored by many, some say bias rear and radial front, some say no radials.
I'm looking for a wuality, high mileage tire like the Metzler's I had on my metric bike.
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Thanks for all the replies.
With that said, what is better than the stock Dunlop's for my 2010 Kingpin. I've read many threads stating Metzler is a no-no, Bridgestone is favored by many, some say bias rear and radial front, some say no radials.
I'm looking for a wuality, high mileage tire like the Metzler's I had on my metric bike.
Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you run Radial front, and Bias rear. The other way is acceptable, but that way is a killer.

That said the best combo of tires I have run on my KP is HANDS DOWN the D407 rear, and D408 front. Only problem is they are an HD tire, and say so on the sidewall

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Thanks for all the replies.
With that said, what is better than the stock Dunlop's for my 2010 Kingpin. I've read many threads stating Metzler is a no-no, Bridgestone is favored by many, some say bias rear and radial front, some say no radials.
I'm looking for a wuality, high mileage tire like the Metzler's I had on my metric bike.
Before you buy any tire run a 'google' search for that particular tire and any recalls it may have had... the d407's had major problems as most Dunlops do. I personally think Pirelli is on the right track with their Night Dragon... good wear and excellent road grabbing. Metzler used to be one of the best... then they moved the motorcycle tire factory to Brazil... the kiss of death as far as producing quality tires to spec. Avons are soft rubber and wear quickly. Bridgestone are hard rubber and ride rougher. Just start trying all of them... if you're really a rider you'll go thru 2-3 sets a year... so what difference does 3months on one tire mean.

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Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you run Radial front, and Bias rear. The other way is acceptable, but that way is a killer.

That said the best combo of tires I have run on my KP is HANDS DOWN the D407 rear, and D408 front. Only problem is they are an HD tire, and say so on the sidewall
Kevin- My Victory dealer just put on an Elite 3 radial on my front. I have a Dunlop D417 bias on the rear. What exactly should I tell the dealer in terms of why this is not acceptable?

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Before you buy any tire run a 'google' search for that particular tire and any recalls it may have had... the d407's had major problems as most Dunlops do. I personally think Pirelli is on the right track with their Night Dragon... good wear and excellent road grabbing. Metzler used to be one of the best... then they moved the motorcycle tire factory to Brazil... the kiss of death as far as producing quality tires to spec. Avons are soft rubber and wear quickly. Bridgestone are hard rubber and ride rougher. Just start trying all of them... if you're really a rider you'll go thru 2-3 sets a year... so what difference does 3months on one tire mean.
Not only did I put 14K on a 407 rear with no issues. I have several customers that have made the switch, and none of them are anything but ecstatic. Just like the thousands of SE Road Glides that came with them stock. There are lots of people online that will foster rumors about products they have never tried. Simply because they Googled it. BTW that I know of they do not offer the Night Dragon in a compatible front tire size for the KP, and since the spring rates used on the rear suspension of the KP tend to be a bit light for radial. The tire offered for the rear is not necessarily the best choice

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I ran a few sets of Bridgestone raidels they were a great tire in the twisties. But if the air pressure was a little high I would get a wobble. And very bad wear 7000 miles on a rear tire. They are also very cheap to buy $100 for a front and $130 for the rear. I have switched to Dunlop D407 and D408 bias ply tires they are duel compound tires I am very happy with these. They hug the road as well as the raidels and are getting great wear. I have 11000 miles on this rear and think I can get 4 to 5 thousand more. They are a little hard to find. they are like the D417 they are a dealer only tire. So you can get them at any Harley dealer. The best price I found on the internet was Latus Harley $350 for both tires. No sales tax and free shipping.

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