• 17-JUN-2016

Dunlop launches new GT502 sizes and wins new Motorcycle OEM fitments

  • Dunlop GT502 chosen as OE fitment on Harley Davidson XL 1200 CX Roadster
  • Latest American Elite chosen by Moto Guzzi, Victory and Indian.
  • Dunlop has announced new Original Equipment fitments for its motorcycle tyre range.

Harley Davidson has approved the latest GT502 in for their new XL1200 CX Roadster. This motorcycle uses two new GT502 sizes (120/70R19 F and 150/70R18 rear) featuring an all-new radial construction.  These tyres have been designed to suit the sportier nature of the latest Roadster with its dynamic suspension and upgraded braking components.

Dunlop collaborated closely with Harley-Davidson vehicle dynamics team to develop this exclusive fitment. The rear tyre features a Jointless Belt construction (JLB) and a unique profile. The tyre uses a silica-rich compound derived from Dunlop’s latest Sport Touring tyres to optimise mileage and wet performance.

Dmitri Talboom, Product Manager, Dunlop Moto EMEA stated: ‘For this Roadster, Harley-Davidson had set high goals for stability, responsiveness, rider comfort and cornering control. By developing an all-new construction and compound for these new sizes of GT502 we have worked in partnership to achieve these targets’

Additional OE fitments in the Cruiser and Touring Market.

Earlier this year, Dunlop launched the new American Elite with Multi-Tread™ technology, providing a combination of hard-wearing centre compound with advanced lateral grip compounds on the shoulder area of the rear tyre.

Since then, a number of motorcycle manufacturers have tested the American Elite and Dunlop has been approved by Moto Guzzi, Victory and Indian for their latest models. Moto Guzzi have chosen the American Elite front and rear for their California 1400 Eldorado, Victory for their High-Ball and Indian for the Chief Vintage.

‘Dunlop’s move to MultiTread technology on the American Elite has brought improved durability , greater lean angles, better stability and wet grip to the Cruiser and Touring tyre market. We are proud that this performance has been recognized with OE approvals from a diverse range of leading bike manufacturers’ added Dmitri.

The Dunlop American Elite and the new sizes of GT502 are now available from Dunlop Motorcycle dealers across Europe.

About Dunlop Europe

Dunlop Europe is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high and ultra high performance tyres with an impressive track record of motor sport successes. Dunlop Europe is a technical partner of Suzuki Endurance Race Team, Honda Racing and GMT94 Yamaha in Endurance Racing, Kawasaki and Team HRC in MXGP and the Official tyre supplier to the FIM Moto2 and Moto3 World Championship.

Dunlop Europe’s extensive racing experience has led to innovative technologies for tyres designed for everyday riding.

Dunlop Europe tyres were on the bike that won the first 500cc championship for motorcycles in 1949 and dominated the series through the following decades. In 1991 a bike on Dunlop Europe tyres won the first of three consecutive World Superbike titles and in 2008 Marco Simoncelli took Dunlop Europe’s 200th consecutive 250cc GP win, a series in which Dunlop Europe claimed 17 World Championships. 2010 saw Dunlop Europe become sole tyre supplier to Moto2 with Moto3 following in 2012 and the partnership with Dorna to continue supplying the two main MotoGP support races was renewed for 2015 onwards.

Endurance racing has been dominated by Dunlop Europe teams and riders, with ten Endurance World Championship titles from the last twelve, while each of John McGuinness’ Isle of Man TT wins were on Dunlop tyres. Dunlop has won every major motorcycle accolade going – from GP World Championships to the Isle of Man TT, from World Superbike and Supersport to World Endurance, with similar across-the-board success in motocross and other off-road championships.

The latest Dunlop Europe road tyres are fitted as standard on motorcycles from leading manufacturers such as Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Ducati, Yamaha, Harley-Davidson and Suzuki.