Avon AV56 Storm 2 Ultra Rear Radial Tires
Excellent substitute for Avon Distanzia
I switched to the Storm 2 Ultra rear from the Avon Distanzia in supermoto compound hoping to find a better balance between grip and longevity. I ride a 2009 Kawasaki Versys and I only got 3,060 miles out of the Distanzia rear. They stuck like glue in all conditions but I just can't afford to replace a $200 tire every 3 months. I commute to work on my bike everyday and often get caught in the rain so good wet grip is important to me. The Storm 2 Ultra sticks almost as well as the Distanzia but they are showing almost no wear at all after 1,000 miles. If they wear as well as I think they will the Storm 2 Ultra will be my new go to tire. The only area with a real noticeable difference from the Distanzia for me is rear brake performance. I find the rear locks up easier with the Storm 2 Ultra than the Distanzia.
June 24, 2014
Good traction and long lasting
I have owned my Ducati S4R for 10 years mainly used on weekends for fun and have clocked up 54k
The other year I decided to try a set of the ultra storm 2's, I'm no expert but I have found these tyres excellent on the road and now track, great traction on the hills, best mileage and even wear
I have now replaced the rear with another AV56 after 10K and the front has kept it's shape and still going strong.
The dual compound tyres will be what I will stick with from now on
March 19, 2014
Great Value tire with great traction!
This tire is AWESOME!
So, let me preface this. I ride around 2k miles a month for both work and pleasure (2005 sv650 with 180 rear tire) I do both commuting and heavy canyon riding on weekends. I have tried dunlops, pirelli, bridgestones, and while all of these did something I liked, I always had to sacrafice wear for traction, or vice versa.
I recently began using the avon storm 2 ultras on the recommendation of a friend. My first rear lasted around 8k miles, and the front lasted 12 before I replaced it. This is not the BEST wear I have gotten (I got 10k out of bridgestone rear) but it was by far the best wearing with the grip that it has.
When leaned over on the edge of the tire, this tire is head an shoulders above the other available sport touring tires as far as traction. With the other tires I would routinely have to back off mid corner or delay my accel out of corner due to some chatter from the back wheel wanting to jump loose. Since I began using the storm 2's I have found this to happen much less (can still happen but rarely).
Overall, if you do commuting but want a confidence inspiring tire that will let you lay into a corner with abandon and still get a ton of miles out of... this is the tire for you.
January 17, 2014
great wet weather traction
Got this set of tires just before it started raining regularly again, around September. they grip the road well and i can ride in the rain without worrying about slipping.
November 25, 2013
2nd one I've had, no complaints, price was good, delivery time was great.
October 7, 2013
Rock of Gilbralter Stable
This review is after 1k miles on a '00 BMW K1200LT, mostly slab droning with a little canyon carving and commuting included. The AV56 is supremely stable and requires only slightly more effort to lean than the tire it replaced. Lean angle was virtually the same with both tires but the AV56 would grip on surfaces that the previous tire would slip/squirm slightly when leaned. Wear after 1k miles seems negligible and have not yet encountered wet surfaces although the a few puddles have not flustered the tire one bit.If this AV56 rear lasts at least 6k miles, this will be my go-tire for quite a while.
June 12, 2013
Great tire if your sport-touring is on the sporty side
I'm now on my 21/2 set of Avon Storm II's (the 1/2 is because I snagged a nail about 200 miles into a set, which Avon replaced for me, due to their road hazzard warranty#. A really great all-around tire. It takes curves very well and delivers exceptional feedback for a tire designed for sport-touring. Yes, you can break the rear tire loose in the wet, if you push it hard, but ease off the throttle a touch and everything always comes back under control. In the snow #yes I ride in the snow) the center tread groving gives doable traction; something my previous Metzler Z6's never gave me. Overall, these tires give me all that I can ask for on the street.
For a frame of reference, I ride a modified 2005 Yamaha FJR 1300 with Wilburs rear shock and front springs, Galfer wave rotors with ceramic pads, and a very heavily modded/dynotuned engine. I actually do hang way off the seat going around corners on that big beast--the Avons have never let me down.
November 24, 2012
This is my second Avon Storm 2 Ultra rear. Great tire. The harder center compound helps keep the tire from squaring off too early. The softer side compounds are great in keeping the rear planted when the roads turn twisty. Wet weather traction is very good and confidence inspiring. I'm running the Avons on a 2002 ZRX 1200 and am very happy with them!
June 11, 2012