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  • Benno Posts: 96
    Brisbane Qld
    Stock Poster Benno
    14 May 2018 03:39 PM
    Posted by JFE on 11 Aug 2017 07:10 PM
    I've had a set of Avon Cobra's on my Fat Bob for a while, so it's time to offer a review. 

    When looking at replacement over the stock Dunlops, it really came down to the Avons or Pirelli Night Dragons. Both got good reviews, seemingly not much between them. 

    I went with the Avons due to my own judgement on looks -- they look better for wet weather riding (and looker 'cooler' too)  Oh, and as they are British made I figured they'd be good in wet/cold weather ... yes not really scientific but there you have it. 

    First things first, of course, the Avons are better than the stock Dunlops. Now the stockies were 'ok' in the dry, but absolutely useless in the wet. Rear slippage, wandering front were are common occurrence. My rear was nearly fried at 14000 km's. Negligent of HD to have them as stock. Enough said about that.

    Three points about the Avon's:

    1. Definitely sticky for a cruiser tyre. I'd go so far to say that they are somewhat over-whelming the FXDF stock suspension. When pushing it, I can feel the suspension needing to work more due to the extra grip. Noting suspension is the next upgrade, I can take this.

    2. They are good in the wet. No issues so far and I've been through a fair bit of wet riding with them now. Corners that were previously guaranteed to show up the Dunlops short comings are no longer an issue ... but

    3. I'd say the Avon's don't 'communicate' as much some of the better rubber I've had on sportbikes. The best way I can describe this is around a favourite corner in the wet, the tyres are very effective, but the only way I know how fast I'm going is when they are coming to their limits and I see what the speedo says. If you get what I'm saying, a little more conversation never hurt. Saying that, perhaps no cruiser tyre is better in this regard?

    All up great tyre. At this point, I'd get them again pending how their longevity/useful life goes. Keen to see how they go when decent suspension is introduced.

    Point for other Fat Bob owners -- the Avon catalogue sizing is more difficult to read than it should be. Avon definitely do the stock sizes.

     JFE, how is the Avon wearing on the back, I have one on the front and love it, but the Dunlop on the rear of my wide glide is looking like it will need replacing pretty soon, tossing up between night dragons and avon for the back.

  • JFE Posts: 957
    NSW
    Performance Poster JFE
    15 May 2018 09:55 PM
    Mate it’s going well and I have no complaints. No hesitation in saying get one on the back for a matching set!
  • Benno Posts: 96
    Brisbane Qld
    Stock Poster Benno
    16 May 2018 08:46 AM
    Thanks JFE, will take your advise and put one on.
    Cheers
    Benno
  • DocGreen Posts: 182
    Illawarra NSW
    Stock Poster DocGreen
    16 May 2018 01:03 PM
    I ran the Avons on my old 94 Fatty and never had any worries handling wise, you don't get big km's out of them, being a softer compound tyre, but that's the trade off.
    The only thing I ever noticed was, once or twice when I had to really jump on the brakes for an emergency stop, you had no real indication the back wheel had locked until the rear end started wagging its tail, just a really silent slide. Always cupped the rear tyre, never the front, and tried pressures all over the place - suspect my rear suspension may have been to firm but being a Softail its a pain in the arse so had it where it felt best solo and with the bride on.

    DocGreen
  • Benno Posts: 96
    Brisbane Qld
    Stock Poster Benno
    16 May 2018 02:20 PM
    Thanks for the feedback Doc, I know what you mean about the silent slide, similar thing just the other week, with a dunlop on the back. I put an Avon on the front a couple of months ago and am very happy with it, don't expect to get long life, but I'll cop that. I got about 8-9k out of the dunlop, that was on the front and it was shit. 
    Thanks again
    Benno
  • Big Steve Posts: 530
    Yarra Ranges
    Performance Poster Big Steve
    16 May 2018 04:04 PM
    +1 for Avons on the fat bob

    I'm halfway through my second set. I estimate I got about 17,000km out of the pair and replaced them well before the wear markers.

    I previoulsy ran commander II's on my old dyna which got amazing mileage but were a little skatey in the wet.

    The OEM fat Bob dunlops were hands down the worst tyre i've ever used in at least half a million kilometres.
  • Hilly Posts: 1453
    Townsville
    Performance Poster Hilly
    16 May 2018 04:47 PM
    Posted by Big Steve on 16 May 2018 04:04 PM
    +1 for Avons on the fat bob

    I'm halfway through my second set. I estimate I got about 17,000km out of the pair and replaced them well before the wear markers.

    I previoulsy ran commander II's on my old dyna which got amazing mileage but were a little skatey in the wet.

    The OEM fat Bob dunlops were hands down the worst tyre i've ever used in at least half a million kilometres.

     That's decent mileage Steve

  • Benno Posts: 96
    Brisbane Qld
    Stock Poster Benno
    16 May 2018 05:42 PM
    Real good mileage, I'd be rapt with that from soft compound tires
    Thanks Steve
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