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American Elite Tire

MSRP $170.50 - $353.21

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Dunlop American Elite Tire
  • Designed, constructed and tested right here in the U.S.A. by Dunlops engineering team that has decades-long experience with H-D bikes
  • Tread pattern promotes even wear and quiet riding in any weather
  • Belted for extra load capacity
  • 2nd Generation (MT) Multi-Tread rear tire incorporates a long-wearing compound in the center of the tire tread and a lateral-grip compound on each shoulder to enhance cornering performance and feel
  • Tubeless 


Dennis Kirk recommends a new tube and rim strip when replacing a tube-type tire

Safety Warning: Please consult tire manufacturers publication(s) and/or website(s) for information on tire care, safety, installation, maintenance, manufacturers warranty and other information. The tires used for your application must have a load index and speed rating equal to or greater than the tires fitted as original equipment

Specs for Dunlop American Elite Tire
Units Each
Tire Classification Cruiser
Balance Dot Yes
DOT Approved for Road Use Yes
Directional Arrow Yes
Front Tire Specifications
Brand: Dunlop
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Sidewall -
Bias / Radial -
Speed Rating -
Load Rating -
Ply Rating -
Tube / Tubeless -
Rim Size -
Tire Size -
Front / Rear -
Rear Tire Specifications
Brand: Dunlop
Part #: -
Mfg #: -
Sidewall -
Bias / Radial -
Speed Rating -
Load Rating -
Ply Rating -
Tube / Tubeless -
Rim Size -
Tire Size -
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Reviews & Questions
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I currently have the D402 on the front of my '07 FLHT. Is it OK to put this tire on the rear without changing the front tire? Do I need to match tread patterns?
John on Apr 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Matching tires is the best in my opinion
will this tire fit my 2002 H-D ROAD KING?
wayne j on Mar 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, just enter your bike (year, make and model)and then select tires that fit your bike:
Can i run a tube in this tire?
A shopper on Feb 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I put it on a spoked wheel and needed a tube.
can I jam it in the rear of a 2006 streetglide?
John P on Mar 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm so sorry, I miss read your email. I thought you said a 180 tire when you said a 150. But my answer may still be the same. I've seen people put 1 size bigger tire on their bikes and had the same problem I described in my last email. In AZ 3 years ago we came upon an accident where the rear tire blew out on a softail. We found out the owner put a little bigger tire on the bike. The whole sidewall was worn out from hitting a fender bolt. You really should stay with the same size tire that come with the bike. Thanks
Is this the Dunlop Harley Davidson tire that comes on the tour bikes?
A shopper on Sep 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This tire does not have Harley Davidson stamped on the sidewall. It is very simular I am liking it better.
is the MT90-16 tire offered in a white wall?
Slowride on Apr 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Best ride will be a softer compound.Dunlop is a good time but tendency is to become hard. Then? Hard to balance. Flat spots, then cracking. Thin white or wide white is also a consideration. Dunlop is a good tire, just can last too long
Will this front tire fit my 2010 ultra classic? Thanks
A shopper on Jan 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes I bought this tire for my 2010 ultra classic last year. I have put 3000 miles on it so far and had no issues.
Are these tires better than the 402?.
Mr fix it on Jul 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I think they will get about the same mileage, the American Elite is a sportier looking tire, as the 402 gives a more classic look
What's the difference between dunlop and dunlop elite tires?
A shopper on Sep 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Dunlop American Elite tires, center of tire has a medium/hard compound for straight line down the highway and better mileage/wear, sides have a softer compound for better grip in the curves, the Elite's have more grip in the rain than stock Dunlop tires.
what is the difference in a mu85-16 and a mu90-16 Dunlop tire ?
tom d on Dec 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The 2nd # is the aspect ratio. Meaning 85% of the width, is the sidewall height. Which means the 90 is a taller tire by 5%. In another words, the 90 is just over a 1/4 inch taller
Will this tire fit my 2014 Street Glide?
A shopper on Feb 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It should! Just look at the sidewalll of the tire
Your running now to see the size! Almost positive it's correct size they have been running that size since the 2009 model!
Will this tire work on my bike with a tube? I have spoke rims
Jack B on May 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can put a tube in any tubeless tire. Overly cautious riders do that when their tubeless tires get a puncture because they're afraid a plug might fail. Usually that's because they don't know there are combination plug/patches.
do you need tubes in these tires ? I don't have spoked wheels
A shopper on Feb 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Always use tubes and rim strips on non mag wheels
Looking for a 150/80/17 Dunlop American for the front of a 1997 Honda Valkyrie?
A shopper on Sep 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm not showing a Dunlop American in stock in that particular size for a 1997 Valkyrie, only a D404, a D251F or Elite 3. Have you seen one available, I checked with Dunlop themselves as well.
will this front tire work well with a rear dunlop d401 130/90b16?
A shopper on Aug 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I usually try to keep the same tread pattern front and rear... Different tread patterns will react differently on some road surfaces and weather conditions --- at least that has been my experience over the past 35 years of riding.
Is this in US funds ?
A shopper on Aug 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it's US Funds. It's a great tire. I bought it for my Gold Wing and it's working well!
Will this tire work on a spoked tube type rim?
West W on Jul 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Highly recommend replacing the rim strip and inner tube.
What Dunlap front tire do you recommend for a 2014 Electra-glide ltd?
Trickrider on Mar 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'd highly recommend the American Elite for both front and back. I'm riding a 2013 Ultra Limited and I'm on my second set. The tire has a slightly different tread pattern than the OEM tire, when crossing metal grate draw bridges, the American Elites don't try to wander all over like the OEMs did. I replaced my first set of American Elites at 15K miles, only because I didn't keep up with tire pressure and they cupped. At 15K miles, they still had plenty of tread life left, unlike the OEM which had to be replaced at 15K. I'll be buying these again when the time comes. Hope this helps.
does this fit a 2005 fatboy ?
A shopper on Mar 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it should work great !
Can you run this rear tire with the harley dunlop d407t front tire?
A shopper on May 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I dont see why you couldn't run it since both are dunlop brand tires. Honestly I am not 100% sure
Can a person run a tube in a tubeless tire? My bike has spokes.
A shopper on Jun 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I have these tires on a Road King Classic with spiked wheels and yes, tubes.
How many miles can I get out of tire?
Gooch on Mar 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: On my 2013 Harley-Davidson Roadglide I got just about 20000 miles on the back and about 30000 on the front
Can I put this on a OEM Harley Rocker C front wheel?
A shopper on Mar 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If your wheel is a 19" rim, then 'yes', you can mount this tire on that rim.
I Have A 2009 Fatbob Can Not Get This Tire In 180/70/16 Will 180/65/16 Work Instead?
Bones on Jan 18, 2020
Have a 2009 Fatbob Can Not Get The This Tire in 180/70/16 Will A 180/65/16 Work.?
Bones on Jan 18, 2020
Have a new 407 Dunlop front tire that was mounted on the wheel. I used a different tire and wheel from new. Just put this one on and with less then 1000 miles the belts are obviously broken in the tire. Defective tire and the 407 was previously warrantied and replaced with the 408. Any such chance of getting this warrantied?
Gary C on Oct 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You may have to check with Dunlop
Will these tires fit and perform well on my 2009 Electra Glide Classic FLHTC ?
Anthony F on Sep 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, as long as they are the same size as stock
Is this a good front tire for a HD Freewheeler trike?
tim a on Mar 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Your free wheeler should ride fine with this tire remember that all the stopping power is on this tire.
How tall is the 180 / 55 18 ?
Lew J on Feb 19, 2019
Hi I have 2004 heritage softail will it fit my bike ? and I would like to know the production date also ?
Sagar on Jan 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes this will fit if your stock size is 130/90-16. We get tires in all the time, so it won't be very old
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Would you recommend this product?
Yes (110)
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5 / 5
5 / 5
great tires
Best tire I ever rode on. Heavy duty side walls stopped turning lagging. I was not a big Dunlop fan due to cupping, but hear these tire were good. A friend did some research on them found good reviews. I did replace both tires at same time. DK had best price too.
February 28, 2016
Joliet, IL
5 / 5
5 / 5
Wet Weather Performance
5 / 5
Would you recommend this product?
Great tires
I have ran these tires for years on my Ultra Classic and Street Glides. Usually get around 30K miles on the front and 17K on the back for wear. Handling is awesome even in wet conditions, I live on the gulf coast, rain is frequent and not an excuse not to ride! Don't hesitate to run these tires, they are great.
October 18, 2016
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great tire
Longest lasting tire I have ever used. Sticks well in wet or dry conditions. Plus made in America.
May 31, 2015
over 4 years ago
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best I've ever had!
This tire rocks! When I first took off after the installation, the tires were grabbing all the loose gravel/rocks and spitting them up unto my fenders of my 2009 Street Glide, which startled the heck out of me until I realized what it was, drove another block, then all was quiet and smooth. The tire grips better than any other tire I've ever bought for this or any other bike that I've owned. I was recommended to purchase this tire for my bike by my mechanic, and I'd like to pay it forward by recommending the purchase of this tire.
October 1, 2014
5 / 5
5 / 5
Highest miles ever on a rear tire
I got 20,000 on my orig equip rear on new 2012 FLHTCU. I just changed the replacement Dunlop American Elite at 47,500 mi. My Ultra is the heaviest bike I've ever owned and got the best milage by far on the American Elite. 27,000 on a rear with good handling.
May 29, 2015
14500 miles
I am very happy with these tires. I have put them on the front and back. They seem to grip the road well and handle tar snakes. I have over 14500 miles on them and still have a couple thousand I can ride yet in them. My last set were the commanders which performed well but I think these will out shine them. I will reorder the American elites!
November 27, 2015
Alexandria, MN
5 / 5
5 / 5
Rear American Elite
Just put this on the rear and the day it was installed it was raining.
First test in the rain outstanding handling and grip.

I like how the center of the tire has most of the rubber that meets the road................

As far a the overall review of this tire I have to say Dunlop did a lot of research and I hope to get 15,000 miles or more out of this product.

This tire is for the open highway and the rider that needs a tire to have wear all around..............
Not every road is made of turns and twists.........
June 12, 2013
Saint Clair, PA
5 / 5
5 / 5
Glad I switched!
I've put on 100,000+ miles on the old 402 Dunlap,They have a NEW American Elite that is terrific! I just installed my second rear tire and a new front tire. I put on over 13,000 mile on the last rear tire in 5 months. I had a lot more tire left but decided to switch both, front tire was do. My Roadglide handles wonderfully in all conditions. I'd never go back to he 402. Elites all the way! See you in the wind!
May 29, 2015
Wausau, WI
so far so good
This tire is superior to the d407. Smooth ride , great cornering, and great wear. Will never go back to the harley brand . This tire is less money and a whole lot better product.
June 2, 2015
Farmville, VA
Best tire i've had on bike
I have run the 402 and the elite 3 on my Softail the American elite is the best by far. Great in the corners and good traction .
July 28, 2015
over 4 years ago