Avon AV72 Cobra Rear Tires
Excellent Gold Wing Tire!
After a number of years on my wing, this is my first set of Cobras - and, Im hooked.
Great handling and braking - excellent looks. I'm looking forward to the milage, but so far these are the best tires I've ever had on the bike. Buy with confidence.
October 7, 2015
Avon AV72 Cobra Rear
- Replacement From Stock Dunlop Tire Series- D407 240/40R18 Blackwall- 18 in. Rear-41688-08A.
- The stock rear Dunlop tread was gone in 3500 miles and the "STEALER", I mean Harley dealer wanted $314.95 for stock Dunlop & $48,00 for the mount.
- Revzilla price matched the Avon AV72 Cobra Rear for $177.00 & local bike builder mounted for $35.00.
- With 1000 miles on the new Avon Cobra & $150 extra dollars in my pocket, I couldn't be happier !
July 27, 2015
I ride a 2008 Harley Davidson Fat Bob. I love how the Avon tires made it feel like a new machine. Some of the expressway near me are grooved and with the Avon Cobra tires I don't feel them pulling like the factory tires did. I haven't been caught in the rain so I can not rate the wet traction.
My bike has changed since I put the Avon Cobra tires on, I can take corners faster, the ride is much smoother and quieter now. (AV 71 MT90B16 74H on the Front, AV72 MT90B16 74H on the rear)
so far the tread has not shown any signs of wear but I only have 1200 Miles. I am very happy with these tires and I will get them again.
I was very impressed with Revzilla, When I ordered my tires, I had them shipped to my work (I live 60 Mi from my office). I received a phone call from Revzilla to verify that I had put down the correct address. I really appreciated that attention to detail and care for me, I will be making more purchases from Revzilla.
July 25, 2015
This product is one of the best tires I have ever purchased
Took it cross country. Through rain and storms, held up great. Still rolling cross country and back.
July 7, 2015
Much better than stock dunlops for a Sportster Iron.
Well, I only had the tires about 3000 miles so I can't rate the tread life. However, the grip is amazing compared to the dunlops and shinkos before. There's traction up until things start dragging, and hard breaking feels much better. Wet traction was good, but when on a Harley you know to calm down when it rains. If you want to throw the little sportster around then these are the tires to do it on.
June 29, 2015
Great traction in wet or dry and long lasting and truely designed for the large touring bikes.
I run the Avon Cobra AV71 (Front) and AV72 (Rear) on my 2013 Victory Cross Country Tour and have found this tire to handle great in both the dry and the wet. I am getting 15,000 miles from the rear Avon Cobra AV72 tires and the fronts would easily reach 30,000. I do change my tires front and rear at the same time but measuring the tread depth on the front tires I could make it safely to 30,000 on the front Avon Cobra AV71.
What makes the Avon Cobra really stand out is they developed the AV72 180/60R16 80H for the heavy touring bikes, the "80" is the weight rating of the tire which is good for up to 922 pounds verses other tires that carry the "74" weight rating which is only good for up to 827 pounds, that is a 165 pound difference.
As for handling I have never had the Avon Cobra AV71 and AV72 slip or leave me in a bad situation, they stick like they are on rails from accelerating to running through a set of sweepers these tires just stick and track like they are on rails.
We all have to trust our lives with the tires we put on our bikes, for me I will continue to run the Avon Cobra tire with the "80" (922 pound) weight rating and by pass all the other tries with the "74" (827 pound) weight rating. Avon has developed a great tire in the Cobra AV71 and AV72 series.
I highly recommend the Avon Cobra AV71 front and the AV72 rear tires.
June 22, 2015
Terrible traction and 1500 miles out of tire
After 1500 miles, my tire was completely bald!!!
Bought this tire to replace my Metzler ME880 on my 2007 Yamaha V-Star 1300 with Vance & Hines Big Shots and a modified drilled out factory airbox. My bike will scoot, but not with the Avon Cobra. One of my best friends told me to go with Avon. He swears up and down by them and how wonderful they are on his Yamaha Roadstar 1900. So I figured I’d give it a shot. It was a big mistake, atleast for this bike.
Factory tire size is a 170/70/16. I went to the 180/60/16 with the Metzler ME880, which wasn’t the perfect height ratio, but it worked. The Metzler was a wonderful tire. I got plenty of traction and the mileage was definitely better than what I got out of my Avon; 5,000 spirited miles.
I had ridden my bike off and on, but I thought my clutch was out of wack; I thought it was slipping. I’d give my bike gas, it would wind up, but the bike wouldn’t accelerate like it use to along with the motor. After just 4 or 5 months of riding, roughly 1500 miles, I noticed my back tire was completely bald. It was flat and not taking turns all that great. It was that Avon tire. 1500 miles on a rear tire? I just don’t get it. I kept it at 34-36psi too, so it’s not a tire pressure issue.
Anytime I would be in 1st gear and give it a little gas, the back end would just spin. If I gave it a little more gas to get it moving, the tire would slide. I never had this problem with the factory rubber or the Metzler. So if you have a bike that has a decent amount of power, then I don’t suggest getting this tire. This tire would probably be good for a heavier bike, like my friends RoadStar. The power to weight ratio is significantly different between his 1900 and my 1300 with no bags.
I’ve had two friends ride the bike and they noticed the same thing.
When it all boils down to it, this is not a bad tire… It’s just not a good tire for a bike with a good amount of power or a light rear end or both. It just simply doesn’t have the grip in the middle of the tread to get you off the line. I’m not out trying to race this bike or anything, but if I can’t put the power down in 1st or 2nd gear, then something is wrong. Even though it has the harder compound in the middle for longer tread life, but that is also a balancing act between the two. If the middle of the tire is so hard that you can’t get traction off the line or going from 1st to 2nd gear, then your rear tire will spin, causing you to fling that rubber of the tire.
So all in all.. Won’t ever buy this tire again. I’m going back to the Metzeler or might try the Pirelli, but honestly, should just stick with the Metzeler ME888
May 20, 2015
The profile on this tire definitely made turning much quicker than my elite 3. Wet Traction seems good, can't speak to the tread life yet.
May 26, 2014