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Avon AM26 on: March 19, 2019, 10:41:02 AM
All, did a search and got a couple hits, but nothing recent.  I am looking to buy a new front tire.  My requirements are; don't care too much about long miles as I don't ride a large amount of miles and am usually more concerned with tires getting old as opposed to worn; I want the speedo to remain accurate, so same size as stock.  Other than that I am open. 

I've only had Dunlops to-date, and willing to put that on again as it's cost effective and I don't have any issues with it.  The Metz is a good tire, from what I've heard, but more $$$ and better miles life, but the increased miles is not worth the cost to me.

I've also seen that  the the Avon AM26 looks to be in the stock size now, it wasn't too long ago, and seems to get good reviews.  Anyone have it and willing to give me some feedback?  Cost is about $20 less than the Dunny, and isn't one of the "minor" brands.



Re: Avon AM26 Reply #1 on: March 20, 2019, 02:12:04 AM
That's good news it comes in the stock front size, I would be interested in what people have to say also. I have run the Dunlop on the front for the speedometer reasons myself.

Hootmon I think has ran Avons I think, lets see what he has to say. 
Terry

My mama always told me never put off till tomorrow people you can kill today.

Allen, TX.

74 GT750 - 75 GT380 – 01 Magna - 03 KX 250-01 – 04 WR 450 - 74 T500 Titan



Re: Avon AM26 Reply #2 on: March 20, 2019, 07:06:51 PM
Fronts, I've run Dunlop, An Avon Rear tire (Don't remember the type), Metz, and Michelin Road Pilot 3 & 4..
By far the Michelin is the best (but does not come in a stock size..
My wife put a Pirelli Night Dragon on the front of her Victory and she likes it A LOT..
IF Pirelli makes a stock size Night Dragon for the front, I would hesitate, I would go with that (But is likely a bit more money).. The Dunlops are a 1990 design tire with no updates at all.. Same design, same compounds..
Metz is a good tire, but they are $$$$...
I don't know if any of this helps, but that's my thoughts..
Feel free to ask questions..

"accidents aren't predictable, don't be a DUMBASS" - MD Dan



Re: Avon AM26 Reply #3 on: March 21, 2019, 06:42:01 AM
It looks like for the Front Avon you get more tread depth (7.5 MM) 9/32 vs the Dunlop 6/32. What did you think of the Avon Harry?

Size conversion chart I used

https://flexcoat.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/size_conversion_chart.pdf
Terry

My mama always told me never put off till tomorrow people you can kill today.

Allen, TX.

74 GT750 - 75 GT380 – 01 Magna - 03 KX 250-01 – 04 WR 450 - 74 T500 Titan



Re: Avon AM26 Reply #4 on: March 21, 2019, 07:39:06 AM
asking me about the Avon is probably not a fair question..
1 - I was in a financially strapped situation..
2 - The tire was actually used
3 - The tire was actually a rear tire I put on the front.
I have nothing good or bad to say about it..
I did have issues with Avon Venoms on the back of the Magna, but nothing impressive or dismissive about the Avon I had on the front..
Sorry, I wish I had more for you..
BUT, you can give it a try and let us know.. Almost anything has to be as good or better than the stock tire!

"accidents aren't predictable, don't be a DUMBASS" - MD Dan



Re: Avon AM26 Reply #5 on: March 21, 2019, 12:38:52 PM
Much appreciate the input gents.  I know that there isn't much actual usage here, from the searching I've done.  I'm thinking I might go ahead and try it, but until I actually buy,,, who knows.  If I do, I will definitely provide some feedback.

BTW, the Dunny tech hasn't changed since the early 90's,,, but neither has my Magna.   :lol: :lol:



Re: Avon AM26 Reply #6 on: March 21, 2019, 11:16:05 PM
I need a front tire soon and think I will look into the Avon.
Terry

My mama always told me never put off till tomorrow people you can kill today.

Allen, TX.

74 GT750 - 75 GT380 – 01 Magna - 03 KX 250-01 – 04 WR 450 - 74 T500 Titan



Re: Avon AM26 Reply #7 on: March 22, 2019, 04:57:00 AM
One observation is the center section of the tire has small sections without a sipe. any opinions on this?

Another is the Dunlop is $125 and up where the Avon is $100 and up with the Avon having deeper tread depth. Is the Avon as good as the Dunlop?

It is said the Dunlop is old technology, when was the AM26 developed? 
Terry

My mama always told me never put off till tomorrow people you can kill today.

Allen, TX.

74 GT750 - 75 GT380 – 01 Magna - 03 KX 250-01 – 04 WR 450 - 74 T500 Titan



Re: Avon AM26 Reply #8 on: March 26, 2019, 02:20:39 PM
My larger Night Dragon front tire actually made my speedo more accurate.
When checked against a GPS the stock size was around 5-7MPH off at highway speeds. The Night Dragon brought that more inline where I couldn't see a difference looking at the GPS and Speedo.

For what it's worth the night Dragon and night Dragon GT rear is an exceptional tire for our bikes and has more traction than you could want. I got over 20K out of my rear. And front still looks strong but is getting replaced due to age



Re: Avon AM26 Reply #9 on: March 26, 2019, 04:18:43 PM
On the Magna I have now the speedometer is correct a good percentage of the times, in the cooler months or early in the morning it reads slow. I know this is unusual, my other two Magnas were like the rest and read fast.
Terry

My mama always told me never put off till tomorrow people you can kill today.

Allen, TX.

74 GT750 - 75 GT380 – 01 Magna - 03 KX 250-01 – 04 WR 450 - 74 T500 Titan



Re: Avon AM26 Reply #10 on: March 27, 2019, 09:15:42 AM
Well, I just ordered the Avon.  It was just under $100 shipped, taxed, and delivered from Dennis Kirk.  DK was the cheapest I found from a reputable dealer, and I also bought my Night Dragon rear tire from them a year or two ago.

As soon as it's delivered and I get around to getting it mounted, I will report back what I find.  Thanks for all the feedback.



Re: Avon AM26 Reply #11 on: March 28, 2019, 03:01:19 PM
Please do, I will need one soon myself and will probably give this a try.
Terry

My mama always told me never put off till tomorrow people you can kill today.

Allen, TX.

74 GT750 - 75 GT380 – 01 Magna - 03 KX 250-01 – 04 WR 450 - 74 T500 Titan



Re: Avon AM26 Reply #12 on: March 28, 2019, 10:06:28 PM
I was chatting with someone today that is checking out the newer AV91/92 for a Magna... Cobra Chrome

"accidents aren't predictable, don't be a DUMBASS" - MD Dan