Dunlop's Second-Generation American Elite Tire Goes For Distance

Dunlop Says Higher Mileage Rubber Will Benefit Harley Touring Riders

Harley-Davidson FL riders might like this bit of news: Dunlop claims that its new, second-generation American Elite tires now deliver even more mileage, resulting in better all-around performance.

Designed with Dunlop's MT Multi-Tread technology, which is said to offer a long-wearing center compound with lateral grip compounds on each edge, the second-generation American Elite claims to provide touring riders with more mileage as well the grip and handling the American Elite is known for. The entire new line of American Elite tires-including the black sidewall, narrow white bar sidewall and wide white wall tires-are created with Dunlop's MT Multi-Tread™ technology in the rear to offer higher mileage. Owners of 2009 and later Harley FL touring bikes can choose the sidewall style that best suits their bike, and get longer wear than before.

In the past, plenty of Harley riders found the first-generation Elites a good alternative to the Dunlop D408F/D407 tires that came stock on the FL machines. The American Elite tires for 2009 and later FL bikes were first available in black sidewall versions with Multi-Tread technology. The new American Elite with MT Multi-Tread™ technology not only ups the ante for high mileage in black sidewall versions, but also comes in a variety of other new styles.

For riders of Harley FL Touring bikes (2009 and later), the new American Elite tires with Multi-Tread are available in 130/80B17 and 180/65B16 black sidewall, 130/80B17 and 180/65B16 narrow white sidewall, 130/90B16 and 180/65B16 wide white sidewall, with the 130/70B18 front tire available for select CVO bikes. For newer Softail owners, including models like the Fat Boy, the MH90-21, 140/75R17 and 200/50R17 sizes of American Elite are also available.

Dunlop is also quick to point out that the American Elite is the only aftermarket tire line for Harley-Davidson motorcycles that is designed, tested and manufactured in the USA.

For more info on the American Elite, see

2013 American Elite Fitment

Model Number Model Name Front Rear
FXST (06, 09) Softail Standard MH90-21 200/55R17
FXSTB (06-09) Softail Night Train MH90-21 200/55R17
FXSTC (07-10) Softail Custom MH90-21 200/55R17
FXSTS (06-07) Softail Springer MH90-21 200/55R17
FLHR (09-13) Road King 130/80B17 180/65B16
FLHRC (09-13) Road King Classic 130/90B16 180/65B16
FLHT (09) Electra Glide Standard 130/80B17 180/65B16
FLHTC (10-13) Electra Glide Classic 130/80B17 180/65B16
FLHTCU (09-13) Ultra Classic Electra Glide 130/80B17 180/65B16
FLHTCUSE (09-13) CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide 130/80B17 180/65B16
FLHTK (10-13) Electra Glide Ultra Limited 130/80B17 180/65B16
FLHX (09) Street Glide 130/80B17 180/65B16
FLHX (10-13) Street Glide 130/70B18 180/65B16
FLSTF (07-13) Fat Boy 140/75R17 200/55R17
FLSTFB (10-13) Fat Boy Lo 140/75R17 200/55R17
FLSTFSE (06) Screamin' Eagle Fat Boy 140/75R17 200/55R17
FLTR (09) Road Glide 130/80B17 180/65B16
FLTRU (11-13) Road Glide Ultra 130/80B17 180/65B16
FLTRX (10-13) Road Glide Custom 130/70B18 180/65B16

American Elite Front

130/90B16 67H WW
130/80B17 65H BW
130/80B17 65H NW
140/75R17 67V BW
130/70B18 63H BW
MH90-21 54H BW

American Elite Rear

180/65B16 81H BW
180/65B16 81H NW
180/65B16 81H WW
200/55R17 78V BW

BW - Black Wall

NW - Narrow White Sidewall

WW - Wide Whitewall