Blast From The Past… A Dunlop Motorcycle History and Other Things You Need To Know
In 1888, the Dunlop Motorcycle Tires was founded by John Boyd Dunlop after manufacturing the first practical pneumatic tire ( this info is according to Dunlop Motorcycle). Dunlop was responsible in the making of first for motorcycle tires including the use of Kevlar belts and the 20-inch front tire. This company offers 11 different types of tires that are suitable for any motorcycle performance needs, as well as tires for ATVs, go-karts and passenger vehicles including cars, trucks and SUVs
Most of the time, all Dunlop tires have an advanced multi-threaded technology which combines superior traction and they have increased mileage. One of the products that Dunlop boast of is the the Touring Radial tires. It features wear-resistant tread that can improve the lifespan of the tire without losing traction. Most Dunlop off-road tires feature more aggressive tread compared to most of Dunlop's other tires. The off-road tires feature "directional front tire pattern, directional and asymmetric rear tire pattern with a double tornado wave rear tire block distribution,". This statement came from Dunlop Motorcycle. Their Double tornado wave is what Dunlop Motorcycle calls the pattern of block distribution, or tread pattern on their off-road tires.
Each Dunlop tire comes in a variety of sizes that is available for both front and rear wheels. The size of the tire can affect the load and speed index of the tire. The Dunlop High-Performance Street Qualifier tire comes in four front tire sizes 130/70ZR16 psi 565 at 42, 110/70ZR17 psi 467 at 42, 120/60ZR17 psi 480 at 42 and 120/70ZR17 psi 520 at 42. Moreover, the Dunlop offers six size options for the rear wheel including 160/60ZR17 psi 716 at 42, 170/60ZR17 psi 785 at 42, 180/55ZR17 psi 805 at 42, 190/50ZR17 psi 805 at 42, 190/55ZR17 psi 853 at 42 and 200/50ZR17 psi 853 at 42. While The Dunlop Radial Touring Elite 3 Radial tire comes in three front wheel sizes 150/80R17 psi 783 at 41, 130/70R18 psi 600 at 41 and 120/70R21 psi 584 at 41. For the rear wheel sizes, Dunlop offers four to choose from including 180/60R16 psi 992 at 41, 180/70R16 psi 910 at 41, 240/40R18 psi 963 at 41 and 250/40R18 psi 1019 at 42.
Dunlop Motorcycle Tires have four sidewall types. These are: belted construction, black sidewall, wide whitewall and narrow white bar. The type of sidewall can be determined by the type of tire you are purchasing as well as the size of tire. Most of the high-performance tires come with the black sidewall as well as the radial touring.