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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-12-2015, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Default New Front Avon Cobra, 2nd one.

Put on a new Avon Cobra on Wednesday night at Rogers(Jamming) place. Thanks again Roger. New tire is much better. This is the second Avon we have installed on this bike. Got 18,900 miles out of the tyre, the old one also was an Avon Cobra. The old tyre was just shy of the wear indicators, but it was wearin on the left side more than the right. I believe it is due to the crown in the road, right or wrong that's what I am guessing. Tire was starting to feel strange especially when going slow. New tire made the bike feel much better. I also have to retract a statement I made about some outragous mileage on my back tire I believe I made on here a while back. I had misread my maintence log, I believe I had stated I have 20,000 miles ruffly on the back tire! WRONG, sorry misread my log, it is acually about 7500 miles. I looked in the maintence log today again. Now 7500 miles on a back tire is more realistic! The first rear Avon Cobra I had mounted I got 13050 miles out of it. Anyhow the Avons seem to be doing me good, will stick with them for now. Wish we did have a few more choices. Maybe Vic will come out with 17" rims down the road so we can more choices of tires.
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I am due for tires, not really because of wear but because of age and I plan on getting the Avons. My tires will be 5 years old this January (looked at manufacture date on sidewalls). My XR only has 10k miles but is a 2011 model I bought in Sept of 2012. Back tires still have probably a few thousand miles left on them and the fronts still have tons of tread but motorcycle tires at 5 years or older kind of scares me.

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Interesting your comment about wear on the left side of the front tyre, in the UK we drive on the left and I've had the right side of the front tyre wear, we also have lots of roundabouts. I believe you are right about the camber of the road causing wear to one side of the tyre

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Talking about the tire wear, I've been trying to get a picture of the wear of the front we changed and its really hard. I have never seen a tire wear that way. Running your hand along the tire and feeling the wear pattern it feels weird.

I'll keep trying to get a picture that you can see wear on.

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Interesting your comment about wear on the left side of the front tyre, in the UK we drive on the left and I've had the right side of the front tyre wear, we also have lots of roundabouts. I believe you are right about the camber of the road causing wear to one side of the tyre
In Aussie we ride on the left too (but upside down)
my front tyre tends to wear more on the left cos I ride harder into lefts, I think its psycholgical in my case as to carve into a blind right hander on the correct line puts me closer to any oncoming vehicle whereas on a left hander my line takes me further away from anything coming towards me , so I think I crank harder and faster in left handers than right though at all times I like to flow.
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On my third set of Avons. Just like the ride & feel of them. Tried a set of Bridgestones - they were o.k. I guess but I'm back on the Cobras for good I think.

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On my third set of Avons. Just like the ride & feel of them. Tried a set of Bridgestones - they were o.k. I guess but I'm back on the Cobras for good I think.
yeah that's right mate, whatever feels right, whatever suits you and your riding...it don't matter what brand you run as long as you have confidence in them then you're a long way towards staying alive.

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I do it like others you have a tire that you get long life out say over 15K . When its time for a new one you switch to a different brand. Why, The last tire gave us good life and good handling even when it started to wear down.
Why don't we not stay with what has been proven good for us.
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I am happy with the tire wear of the OE's but the Avons cost much less so that and the good reviews on them is what is making my decision.

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Interesting your comment about wear on the left side of the front tyre, in the UK we drive on the left and I've had the right side of the front tyre wear, we also have lots of roundabouts. I believe you are right about the camber of the road causing wear to one side of the tyre
The road camber has nothing to do with it , we drive on the right side here in the U.S. which means when we turn left , the turns are more sweeping and longer then if we are merely turning right . The tires may have 2-3 times more left side wear then the right ever will . Hence more wear on the left , its unavoidable .
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