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Of course, it’s ‘tyres’ really, but anyway.......:grin2:

After much deliberation, cogitation and procrastination, I decided to go with the Avon Trailriders.

I was considering quite a variety, the main contenders being:

Michelin Anakee 3s
Metzeler Tourances
Metzeker Tourance Nexts
Continental TKC 70s
Bridgestone Battlax A41s
Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2
Avon Trailriders
Dunlop Trailsmarts

I was really swayed by @eddie’s recommendation of the Michelin’s, but my web research simply threw up too many negative reviews (they are called Michelin Panickys quite a lot! :|). Now, maybe this is just because they are OEM fitment for many bikes - more users, more people to get upset etc. However, they really did jump out (although they had their defenders too).

A bit came down to price too - the Avon’s were second cheapest, and I struggled to find a negative review (granted, they are newer). They’re also British, so.......>:). TBF, I’ve had Avon’s a number of times on previous bikes, and never had an issue. As another recommendation, KTM are also fitting them as standard to their new 790.

I also like the style - they still look ‘the part’, but are supposed to be considerably more quiet on the asphalt (another complaint about the Anakees, and that’s the last thing I want after the OEM sh*te), as well as compliant (they are rated as 90% on road tyre/10% off road).

We’ll see - maybe I’ve picked right, maybe I haven’t.......

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Ben, I actually have a set of Avons on my Bonneville. I like the tread pattern and overall am happy with them. Keep us posted with how they work out and post another video for us poor snowbound souls! Jevers
 

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" Michelin Panickys ", Really? Weird.
I've gone through a couple of sets on the Super Tenere and love them now on the SCR.
They've never been anything but planted and secure feeling.

That said, I was a fan of Avons, In particular the Gripsters, affectionately called "Slipsters" by mainly off road riders.
I enjoyed them a lot on two different XL600V Transalps and my former KLR650.
Please let us know how you like the Trailriders!
 

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" Michelin Panickys ", Really? Weird.
I've gone through a couple of sets on the Super Tenere and love them now on the SCR.
They've never been anything but planted and secure feeling.
No-one was more surprised than me! I honestly think a lot of it is to do with them being OEM fitment for a lot of BMWs - more users, more opportunities to moan etc.

Like I say though, I’ve liked Avon before, and I thought it’d also be good for the forum for another brand to be trialled.
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No-one was more surprised than me! I honestly think a lot of it is to do with them being OEM fitment for a lot of BMWs - more users, more opportunities to moan etc.

Like I say though, I’ve liked Avon before, and I thought it’d also be good for the forum for another brand to be trialled.
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Thought I would resurrect this old thread on Avon Trailriders. I just put my first 40 miles on them. As soon as I got up to the speed limit I was shaking my head and cussing the fact that my tires were not balanced properly. My crossbar bag was dancing a rhythmic shimmy and I had visions of having to remove the wheels again for proper balancing. However after about 10 miles it completely resolved itself. I can only assume it was flat spots from for sitting in one place for over four months. That being said, I am a little disappointed that I will be dealing with that, but maybe it’s not uncommon. And next time I will block it up off the wheels for the winter.
On the plus side, it no longer whines or growls. Vibration is almost nonexistent and no longer as noticeable thru the handlebars. I played around on some winding roads and liked how it felt. I’m not a daredevil thru the corners. I’ve yet to scrape my pegs and at 8,000 miles I doubt I ever will scrape my pegs. I like the looks and the ride, and I am interested in hearing what others have to say about getting flat spots from sitting for several months. I recall having some Cooper brand tires on one of my pickups that got flat spots just from sitting for a few days! Hope that’s not the case with these Avons.
 

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Thought I would resurrect this old thread on Avon Trailriders. I just put my first 40 miles on them. As soon as I got up to the speed limit I was shaking my head and cussing the fact that my tires were not balanced properly. My crossbar bag was dancing a rhythmic shimmy and I had visions of having to remove the wheels again for proper balancing. However after about 10 miles it completely resolved itself. I can only assume it was flat spots from for sitting in one place for over four months. That being said, I am a little disappointed that I will be dealing with that, but maybe it’s not uncommon. And next time I will block it up off the wheels for the winter.
On the plus side, it no longer whines or growls. Vibration is almost nonexistent and no longer as noticeable thru the handlebars. I played around on some winding roads and liked how it felt. I’m not a daredevil thru the corners. I’ve yet to scrape my pegs and at 8,000 miles I doubt I ever will scrape my pegs. I like the looks and the ride, and I am interested in hearing what others have to say about getting flat spots from sitting for several months. I recall have some Cooper brand tires on one of my pickups that got flat spots just from sitting for a few days! Hope that’s not the case with these Avons.
To answer your question from the other thread, yep, I run them at 41 PSI, as per the manual.

Never experienced what you describe above with mine, but like you say, may be from standing over winter (my bike lives on a lift over winter). Unless it’s the head bearings…..seems to be going around at the mo :ROFLMAO:

Re the Avons, best compliment I can give is that I’ll be replacing them with the same when it’s time. To be fair, the rear is starting to square off a little now, what with circa. 8k miles on them. I’ve got a week away in Scotland next month, so just wondering if I need to replace them before that…..:rolleyes:

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