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I tried Avon on the rear of my FLD, and it lasted maybe 6K miles at the most. I get 13K out of stock Dunlops. Currently running MCII - we'll see how long those last. Will never put another Avon on my ride.
 

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Another down vote for Avon. Never had them on a bike but have watched chunks come out of their automotive "performance" tires at road course track days...
 

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Another down vote for Avon. Never had them on a bike but have watched chunks come out of their automotive "performance" tires at road course track days...
Not a fair comparison IMO.
Having said that. Have had good experience with Avons on my bikes. Stick well in all conditions. But are a softer compound then most. Mileage per tire is not their strong suit.
Other brands get good reviews here for both traction and mileage.
 

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I run Avons on my 2001 bagger, specifically because they are soft. A harder tire just goes up in smoke through the first three gears. I'm putting some pretty serious torque to the ground and abusing the hell out of the rear, and other than expected wear I haven't had any issues.
 

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The stock rear Dunlop lasted 7k miles on my Street Bob. It might be the worst tire I've ever had on a motorcycle. Switched to Avon, and it lasted about the same but was worlds apart in handling and grip. I'm on my second one now.
 

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Not a fair comparison IMO.
Having said that. Have had good experience with Avons on my bikes. Stick well in all conditions. But are a softer compound then most. Mileage per tire is not their strong suit.
Other brands get good reviews here for both traction and mileage.
Good enough reason for me to avoid them. For the bikes I think Michelin or Metzler are the way to go. They consistently seem to rack up miles with excellent wet/dry handling and I hardly ever see people complain about them. Put a set of Metzler on our Dyna this year and could not have been happier. Will probably change our Sportster over to Michelin this winter to give those a whirl...or maybe some Night Dragon's. Metzler is manufactured by Pirelli BTW so I'll guess they are similar in quality. Tho, I'm sure the compound in the ND's will have less tread life.
 

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FYI... Cooper Tire makes Avon tires.
 
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