I've been through one Elite 3 on the rear already, so when I needed another rear I decided to replace my front also since it was almost done for as well. The rear got about 8k out of it, and I am heavy on the throttle. So far the front feels great as well, although I haven't put many miles on it yet.
I had a set of Dunlop Elite 3 tires on a VTX 1800. They had excellent handling and wear characteristics, but were fairly noisy. They sounded like electricity flowing through overhead lines, or a population of cicada bugs. Because they performed well on the VTX, I figured I would try one on the front of my Yamaha Raider. Additionally, the past four sets of tires had a bias ply front, as there is a limited selection of 21" radials. I have not put many miles on this new tire yet, but I believe the noise issue came from the rear Elite 3, as I did not notice it during the initial ride following mounting.