Originally Posted by Bock919
How's the handling, CYCHO? I've been pondering picking up a spare wheel for touring duties on the 919, but I don't want to sacrifice too much handling. I need to find the perfect tire, basically. Life and grip. I'm used to D208GP, but I know that no s/t tire can come close to that.
My buddy with the '01 VFR would scare you the way he corners. I only wish I had a set of balls like that. He wore a 208 in 3000 miles and it was kissed all the way to edge. He scrapes pegs and drags his knees, etc... now I know lots of you guys are at this level.. I ain't. Too old, too fat, started too late, whatever! Anyway, he doesn't ride any different on the Avon ST. 6000 miles on it when he sold the bike. Here is what the Avon looked like:
I wish I could say I get as good of mileage out of them.. but I don't. Less wheelies might help this. And I have mentioned on another thread, I am pretty much done with regularly doing wheelies all over town. Got a reckless driving ticket in March.. anyway.. another story. I got about 4000 miles each out of the two I have had now.. but as I said before.. I replace cuz I square them off. I'm sure my weight isn't helping any either at 275. Anyway... I can't make them slide. I ain't the fastest rider in the twistys.. but I ain't the slowest either. Avon brags about what a sticky tire it is for a ST? Someone else should get a set and be the judge on a 919. I think I am not getting a good test of their full potential.
Incidentally, I did use half of one last season and the sidewalls cracked. Avon replaced it free of charge and with no hassle. Bad batch I guess? the next two Avon ST's I had never did anything like this:
..and no, this is not damage from improper mounting. I mount my own tires and have many many many years experience mounting tires. If it was the mounting gone bad the tears would be in the bead.. not the sidewall. It is, however, possible I ran them too low one afternoon. I lowered the pressure to about 24 psi and tore through a canyon for about 30 minutes then rode another 30 miles home. Thought it might help traction in corners. It suct! 44 PSI is what feels right in this tire. 36 PSI front.
I run these over Michelin cause I won't buy French. I go over Bridgestone cuz Bridgestone's are paper thin and puncture so easy. The stock BT whatever was sh!t and I ran a BT 020 and punctured at 2500 miles. Dunny 208s.. way thin. Pirelli's, Metzlers.. expensive. Got both front and rear Avon ST's delivered to me for $243 from MAW. and that's a 190 rear. I mount for free at buddies shop.. then paid $18 for balance and weights at Honda dealer. pretty good deal I figure?
Man I said a lot. Anyone else got a story about Avon ST's? I'm done!