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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-08-2008, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I will be needing a new rear tire in the next month or so. I am looking at Dunlops but can't decide between the E2, E3, and the D404.

The D404 and the E2 looks identical with minor diffrences in tire sizes, As well as tread depth.( D404 9/32, E2 11/32).

I know most here seem to like the E3, I think it looks like it belongs on a zoom splat.

I am not a aggressive rider sothe super grip in the turns is a non issue. I am looking for milage (got about 6000 from my :P kenda) and wet road service. So which tire is the best for my wants?
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I'm on my 4th set of E3's. They handle really well in all conditions including rain and they're good on tar snakes.

The only downside is that as they wear they tend to get quite noisy, especially in curves. However, the radio should take care of that.

The E3's also seem to wear really well.

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The D404 if I'm not mistaken is not rated for the load of a dressed wing. E2s and E3s are both good tires.

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D404's are oe on the 1500-meaning it's the cheapest tire that Honda could find. E2's are discontinued (If you do find one, it's really old stock.)
that leaves the E3.
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I have ran all three on the 1500, and the best is the E3. It out handles on all road surfaces, and in all weather conditions, and right now with over 8,000 miles on the E3s, they still look new. The worst was the D404 that I had on the front, scary tire on some roads, and didn't like wet weather. The E2s were fair, with good wear and a quiet ride, and just marginally better handling than the D404. The only problem with the E3s is they are noisier than the earlier tires, but as was mentioned, thats what the radio is for.


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Got a new E3 on back. So far, so good.
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The D404 is rated for 761lbs, Is that not enough?Dunlop, Motorcycle pro and Tires unlimited allshow the E2 in a MU90HB16. So I assume it is stillproduced. Tires unlimited does state that most E2s have been replaced by E3sbut if you size is listed it is still avalable. Motorcycle Pro even lists use E3 or D404 for some sizes but still shows the E2 in MU90HB16 with raised white letters.
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I went through 2 sets of E3's,,,,,,,,,,both sets got 14,000 miles and really could have gone more. You can't go wrong with them,, IMO.

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E3's ........... 23,000klm and I'm good for another couple of runs around the block.

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The best set of Dunlops are the ones that say Michelin Pilot GT on them.
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