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The AV72 has a deep tread depth for better mileage in a touring tire. The grooves are tapered for maximum contact patch, also increasing mileage. Available in "White Wall" and standard blackwall, the sidewall of the tire has unique "snakeskin" etching for a singular look. The absence of a center line on the AV72 Cobra decreases negative handling effects on steel-gratings found on bridges. The Avon Cobras combine style and performance for cruisers, customs, and touring bikes, increasing turn-in with a rounder profile.
Incorporates sportbike tire technology for nimble handling
Special construction to deal with heavy loads
Incredible stability and longevity - perfect for touring
Unique 'snakeskin-effect' sidewall and aggressive tread pattern
Extra wide sizes for custom bikes
Unique pattern for Honda Goldwing fitment
Available in a wide range of sizes, incorporating fitments for Harley Davidson's V-Rod, Triumph's Rocket III, Honda's Goldwing and Valkyrie plus some sizes for custom bike applications
Whitewalls available in some sizes indicated by WWW
Please Note: The 130/60VR23 tire is suitable for both front and rear fitment.
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
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James P: Currently ride on Avon tires and liked your choices & price.Jul 12, 2014
E.H. A: Great reviews for a reasonable price. Thanks to Revzilla for the lowest price!May 6, 2014
Richard T: My second Avon on my 97 Fatboy, They don't make the Venom X in this size anymore. I got 10000 Mi on my last rear. Lowest Price on-line.Dec 30, 2013
Scott G: I loved this tire. It handles great, has great traction, and rides smoothly. I wore out my first one.Oct 19, 2013
James V: I have found that Avon Tyres are the best performing and longest lasting tires on my Honda Valkyrie. I have tried all the other brands that make a size to fit my bike, and will stick with Avon.Aug 22, 2013
A S asked:how do i know when to change the avon cobra.....no real wear indicator on the tire....?Jul 5, 2014