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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-05-2011, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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lousy news from Avon

Avon has supposedly been tooling up for a set for the Tbird since they don't have a matching set for us. Or at least thats what i thought. I emailed them today and it turns out they are not. They are simply taking the already available storm 2 ultra rear tire that some Tbirders are already using in a mismatched capacity, and beefing it up a little to make sure it handles the weight, then recommending it be used with ....AGAIN, the already available corbra front. So all they are doing is taking a mismatched set of tires and recommending them for the Thunderbird. And the cobra has some snakeskin looking sidewall which i don't want but even moreso makes it cosmetically unmatched with the rear along with unmatched tread and who knows what else. Oh yeah....the beef up thing....people are already using it so i doubt this is either true or needed. anyways, thats what i get from the following simple one sentance reply...

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We will likely modify our Storm 2 Ultra rear to cope with the load and pair it with a 120/70ZR19 Cobra front tyre
I for one am really disappointed. My current metz rear has 3k on it and is almost a slick in the middle already. [email protected] was really looking forward to this.
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So keep a Metz up front, and put the Avon in the rear. That may end up to be a decent combination.
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Well, i could start doing that now, which i HAVE been contemplating. But whether or not mismatching is mostly a wives tale or true to some extent, and to what extent, has never been definitively answered. And when i'm really hitting the curves hard i want to know the bike isn't going to let me down so to speak.
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I suppose it is one of those "won't know until you try" situations.
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Or one of those "find out the hard way" situations.
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Hey Dazco,
Not real sure who is sugaring your tea lately,but Avon have been making matched Cobras for a while now .
I have a set fitted and have almost 7000k on them and looking really good at this juncture.
Yep...Cobra front... and...Cobra rear.
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I run mismatched Dunlops and have not had an issue. I have run mismatched multiple times over the past 28 years, not once was there a problem and I ride rain or shine. It's not the same as wearing a sandal on one foot and a dress shoe on the other.

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Hey Dazco,
Not real sure who is sugaring your tea lately,but Avon have been making matched Cobras for a while now .
I have a set fitted and have almost 7000k on them and looking really good at this juncture.
Yep...Cobra front... and...Cobra rear.
Cheers.
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You may wanna check what YOU been drinking...they do NOT make ANY model in our size both back and front including the cobra which has a rear we can use but is not our size and is taller. And yes, I do realize it's usable but i don't want a taller tire regardless of how much or little it is. (already been thru it at the other forum)
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NOT a matched set within Triumph specs

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Hey Dazco,
Not real sure who is sugaring your tea lately,but Avon have been making matched Cobras for a while now .
I have a set fitted and have almost 7000k on them and looking really good at this juncture.
Yep...Cobra front... and...Cobra rear.
Cheers.
Steve
From my understanding, the Avon set you talk about is not an appropriate set according to the specs for the rear by Triumph.

"Cobra AV72 (rear) 200/55R17 78V MT6.25 6.00 - 6.50 198 7.8 658 25.9 6.8" is on the current Avon site.

The profile of that tire is different than the 200/50R17 tire spec recommended by Triumph. Dazco is correct in saying there is currently no matched set for the Thunderbird from Avon. Interest in Avon is because these tires generally get better lifetime use, compared to the Metzelers and offer good rain performance too. Every time I contact Avon, they say "about 6 months" till a matched set is available. At this point, I believe I will put on the Storm Ultra 2 rear and keep the Metzeler front in place. I too would rather have a matched set in the Ultra 2, but Avon does not yet offer one. When and if they do, I will be first in line to buy them.
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