Main Motorcycle: 06 Rocket, "Lucy"
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Carthage TN 37030
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.