Dunlop American Elite And Harley Davidson: A Complementary Relationship

Harley Davidson and Dunlop tires have enjoyed a successful partnership for many years. In 2009, when Harley Davidson introduced a redesigned frame for its touring models, Dunlop was there to provide the utmost in handling, traction, and longevity.

As a result, Dunlop American Elite tires became a popular choice among Harley enthusiasts.

But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Is this the best touring tire for you? Let’s find out!

Dunlop American Elite MH90-21


Sub Title

  • Available in Blackwall
  • H-rated for speeds up to 130 mph
  • V-rated for speeds up to 149 mph

The 2009 Torian Frame

The 2009 Torian frame from Harley Davidson was a significant design upgrade that featured more horsepower from larger displacement engines. It was also sturdier and had better handling, enabling it to take on heavier load capacities.

In addition, most of the FL lineup received taller front wheels or wider rear wheels, or a combination of both to handle these machines’ additional power and carrying capacities.

Dunlop American Elite Tires

To complement the new Torian frame, Dunlop offered American Elite MH90-21 tires. Compared to Dunlop’s D 402 tires geared towards Harley’s 2008 and earlier touring and FL Softail models, American Elite tires are heavier and have a much tougher feel.

With its heavy-duty carcass and robust sidewall, American Elite is an extremely well-made tire that delivers performance, a comfortable ride, and long mileage.

Multi-Tread Technology

American Elite cruiser tires are designed with Dunlop’s Multi-Tread Technology (MT), which provides a harder, longer-wearing centered compound with softer lateral grip compounds on the sides.

This multi-compound composition results in a more durable, longer-wear contact patch in the center and increased grip and traction performance when you hit the sides of the tread in light corners or long sweepers.

Tire Sizing

Front Tire SizeRear Tire Size

Note that this is just a sample chart, and the actual sizes may vary depending on the specific model of the Dunlop American Elite tire.

It’s always important to consult the manufacturer’s specifications before purchasing a tire to ensure that it’s the right fit for your motorcycle.

Consistent and Predictable Handling

Harley and Dunlop also ensured that with this multi-tread technology, riders would experience consistent and predictable handling when transitioning from the center of the tread all the way to the outer edges. The aggressive-looking tread pattern on the American

Elite tires feature a mix of long and short sipes that help evacuate water away from the contact patch while providing a steady and consistent grip from side to side. This tread pattern also helps keep tires from tracking in terrain grooves on highways.

Second-Generation American Elite Tires

The second generation of American Elite tires not only ups the ante for high mileage and black sidewall versions but also comes in a variety of cool new styles to match the OE look of most models.

This means there are narrow and wide white walls to suit all your needs. All this is from a cruiser tire designed, tested, and manufactured in America.

Features and Benefits

Heavy-duty carcass and robust sidewallProvides a longer-lasting and durable tire, resulting in an extended lifespan.
Multi-Tread TechnologyProvides a harder, longer-wearing centered compound and softer lateral grip compounds on the sides, offering improved grip and traction performance.
Consistent and predictable handlingEnables riders to experience a smooth and steady ride, especially when transitioning from the center of the tread to the outer edges.
Aggressive-looking tread pattern with long and short sipesEvacuates water away from the contact patch, provides consistent grip from side to side, and prevents tracking in terrain grooves on highways.
Comes in various new styles to match the OE look and includes narrow and wide white walls, providing riders with more options to choose from.Provides a longer-lasting and more durable tire, resulting in an extended lifespan.

What I Like and Don’t Like

After testing this tire for 2000 miles, I can honestly say I like it. It has a good grip, gives a smooth ride, and handles very well with little signs of any wear. It’s also made in the USA, which is great as I always try to buy locally-made products.

Even though I like this tire, I had an issue when I first received it. The tire was damaged, but the supplier replaced it very quickly.

The only downside I could find was it was a little slippery in the rain when it was really wet, and it was a little noisy, but taking it all into consideration, I think it’s a good buy for the money.


How long do Dunlop American Elite MH90-21 motorcycle tires last?

Dunlop American Elite motorcycle tires can last around 10,000 to 20,000 miles with adequate maintenance.

However, the Dunlop Elite 4 motorcycle tires are designed to cover as much as 15,000-18,000 miles on everything from open highways to twisting back roads, in fair weather or foul.

The mileage that a rider can get out of their tires depends on factors such as the type of motorcycle, the rider’s driving style, and the road conditions.

It is important to note that tire age is also a factor in tire lifespan. Even if a tire has many remaining treads, the drying out of its multiple rubber compounds means it will need replacing every 5-6 years. The age of a tire can be checked by looking at the 4-digit date code located on the sidewall of the tire.

Where are Dunlop American Elite tires made?

Dunlop American Elite tires are designed, tested, and manufactured in the United States. The factory is located in Buffalo, NY, and every American-made Dunlop motorcycle tire is hand-inspected before it leaves the factory. The company also has dedicated proving grounds in Huntsville, AL.

What speed is the American Elite tire rated for?

The Dunlop American Elite tire is H-rated for speeds up to 130 mph.


In conclusion, the complementary relationship between Harley Davidson and Dunlop tires has been a long-standing one.

Dunlop’s American Elite tires have proven to be an excellent choice for Harley enthusiasts looking for a tire that delivers performance, comfort, and longevity.

With its multi-tread technology, aggressive tread pattern, and consistent handling, the American Elite tires are a top-notch choice for anyone looking for a high-quality tire for their Harley Davidson.

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