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Old 12-02-2008, 04:02 PM   #31 (permalink)
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"X" I know from when I posted elsewhere about my tires getting 11,000 I was just about called a liar. The only reason I would change it out at 10,000 is because at 11,000 it went too fast. To get 20,000 miles they would have to be riding on roads of foam.
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Old 12-02-2008, 04:11 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I've been pretty impressed with the Avons as well. I keep expecting to see the rear tire squaring off (my trip to work and back is 35 miles of mostly highway), but it's still holding it's shape well. I have about 6,000 miles on them now..
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:14 PM   #33 (permalink)
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"X" I know from when I posted elsewhere about my tires getting 11,000 I was just about called a liar. The only reason I would change it out at 10,000 is because at 11,000 it went too fast. To get 20,000 miles they would have to be riding on roads of foam.
I never said it's impossible to get 11,000 miles, I said I could never do it. The idea of getting 20,000 miles seems absurd to me. Again, I'm not saying it's not possible, I'm just saying if you ride that slow why bother to ride a Rocket III?
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:17 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Rear tire mileage for Avons.

Has anyone ridden enough on the Avons to give me an idea of how many miles I could expect form them. I am seriously considering switching from the metzlers to Avons if I could get some info on what kind of performance and mileage I could expect from them. Appreciate anyones input.
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:24 PM   #35 (permalink)
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When I had 1300 miles on my bike I got a screw in the rear Metzeler.
I exchanged it for a Avon Cobra.
I now have 5,800 miles on the bike.
The new Cobra is wearing quite nicely and I project I will get about 7,000 miles from it.
I'm happy with it.
That's VERY GOOD for me
Performance has been equal or better than the Metzelers (I still have a Metz. on the front).
Traction and cornering are great!
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:14 PM   #36 (permalink)
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have over 6,000 miles on the Avon cobra's, and I absolutely love them..........except..............


I have a handlebar "headshake" at 40-45 mph. I have been through the bike from head to toe, three different dealers have spent time going over it, and everyone that I know has thrown an opinion at it, but it all comes down to the tires.



What it amounts to now, is that I will live with the headshake, and when I need new tires, I will decide if I like the Avons more than the Metz.

if I had to buy today, yes, I would buy Avons again.
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:19 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Thanks for the response on the Avons!

Thanks for the feedback on the Avon tires. I think that is the way I'll go. The metzlers give me an uneasy feeling in the twisties, I want a tire feels a little stickier in the sharp corners. The metzlers do wear well and I guess thats their strong suit. I was just wondering if the Avons would give me reasonable mileage and they sound like they will. I don't drive as fast as I used too. Can't afford the tickets anymore, nor do I want to lose my license, thats my ticket to ride and I do love to ride.
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Old 12-16-2008, 08:32 AM   #38 (permalink)
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As to the mileage on the Metzelers, I have over 12k on mine. On a VTX mind you. Not as much torque / hp. Still , they have held up very well. I figure I can get another 3k out of them before they need replacing.
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I just recieved a gentle nudge, encouraging me to report on the Avon Cobras.
After @7,000 miles, the wear is much better than the Metzlers, I seem to be at maybe half tread, grip is impressive, as I have laid it down in RH corners enough to scrape the pipes. I have endured some of the worst rainstorms I have ever seen and had no traction problems. These are great tires.
But...... at 40-45 mph, I now have a head shake. Two triumph dealers, and one independent shop, have had it up on lifts and on the road, and we can find no mechanical problem with the bike. I must assume it is the tires. We have checked bearings, runout on the wheels, had psi from 34-50, adjusted shock preload, everything we can think of, only to come back to the tires as the problem.

The verdict now is, that if I had to buy new tires today, I would buy more Avons, knowing that I might have a problem at 40-45 mph. Also hoping that I have some sort of a freak mismatch, and maybe the next set will not have a head shake.

I can recommend the Avons, with the one caveat.
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:02 PM   #40 (permalink)
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I've got about the same amount of miles on my Avons and can say the same thing. Avon must have had a Rocket to test these tires on. The rear tire is wearing evenly and not squared off like the Metzler started to get at about this many miles. I am very impressed and will most likely go with Avons next time.. I feel much more confident whipping this big bike through curves than I did with the Metzelers... I still look at the "dark side" from time to time though..

You said your dealer checked bearings, but have they checked the head stock bearings? The top triple clamp has to come off to adjust head stock bearing retaining nuts correctly. When I removed my top triple clamp and got to the nuts, they were basically coming off! They weren't even finger tight! I could spin them, that's how loose they were! The upper head stock bearing was free to move around on it's own.. which was causing the shake. I did it myself, and ended up pulling the whole front end off, cleaning and re-greasing the head stock bearings, and then re-assembling. I have not experienced the head shake since I adjusted my head stock bearing nut and its retaining nut (trying to avoid saying "I adjusted my nuts:.. lol) last year some time.. probably 10,000 miles ago.
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