The Dunlop GT503 will be offered on Harley-Davidson's Sportster S in 2021

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Harley-Davidson uses Dunlop tires as original equipment and replacements since 1984. Despite their long-standing relationship, most previous-generation Sportsters came with Michelin Scorcher tires. In unveiling the 2021 Sportsters S, the Motor Company showcased its revolutionary RevMax 1250T engine that hangs from the firm's new three-piece trellis frame.


However, if you can't get the power to the ground, it does you no good. So Harley-Davidson turned to Dunlop to develop a bespoke tire for the next-generation Sporty: the GT503. With the Revolution Max 1250T pushing out 121 horsepower and (more important) 94 lb-ft of torque, the platform needed hookup capabilities both off the line and around corners.


Dunlop's Steel Jointless Belt (JLB) technology worked better than the old bias construction, so the company developed a new radial tire. The 160/70R17 and 180/70R16 front and rear tires offer a generous contact patch and excellent stability, but due to the radial carcass, the ride is ultra-compliant as well.


The round profile of the GT503 contributes to the Sportster S's responsive yet predictable handling, while the new compound provides grip levels rarely seen in Sportsters of the past. Water sipes and the aggressive tread pattern should also provide traction in wet conditions.


"We are delighted that Harley-Davidson has chosen Dunlop as original equipment for Sportster S," said Dunlop Europe Marketing Manager Luca Davide Andreoni. "This year marks 40 years since Dunlop was asked to develop OE tires for the first Sportster. Dunlop has supplied Harley-Davidson with over 10 million original equipment tires since then, demonstrating our close collaboration. Dunlop GT503 tires help manufacturers and their customers meet their tire needs."


We had the opportunity to test the Dunlop GT503 on the new 2021 Sportster S, and the new tires didn't disappoint. We expect Dunlops to be on Sportsters for decades to come, even if they didn't appear on the previous generation.


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Sources: Motociclismo, Goodyear, Harley-Davidson

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