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I need new tires for my R26. According to my owner's manual, the OEM tires were 3.25 x 18.

I found these Avon AM26 tires that come in these sizes. The tire comes in a "universal" spec, so should work on the front or rear. The tires look a bit modern, but seem like they might be nice tires.

http://www.revzilla.com/product/avon-roadrider-am26-front-tires

So. . . I'm thinking of a 90/90 18 on the front and a 100/90 18 on the rear.

I know Cheng Shin makes a tire that's 3.5 x 18, but I'm thinking the Avons might be a better quality tire, and a closer fit with the OEM recommendations.

Does anybody here have experience with these tires on an old bike?

Any other suggestions?

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Avon M26 tires

I had looked into these tires when I was going through my R27 but by the time I located my Weinmann alloys, cleaned them up, and installed stainless spokes I decided to bite the bullet and just get the correct size and period-look tires from Vech. He sells 3.25-18 Heidenaus that look just "right" on the bike and are more than adequate to handle anything it can do.

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Avon AM26

I just got a set of these in my size but I have not yet installed them. Out of the box they look great but certainly not period for the bike (68, 60/2).

Searching the net, I came up with a few good reviews but they are so new that not much has been written as of yet.

According to Vech, they are his prefered replacement for the Michelin Macadam's (no longer available).

I hope to get them in during the next week. I'll post an update once I get some miles on them.

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Anyone try Avon AM26 tires?

Thanks for the input. I am thinking that I want to ride the bike instead of making it look period. I think the Avons might ride a bit nicer than the old style tires. The Continental/Pirelli tires on the bike were really squirrely on grooved pavement. Please post when you put the new tires on.

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Avon AM26 Review on a 68 R60/2

I have about 200 miles on the new Avon Roadriders and I must say that I really like them so far. Very smooth with great handling. I haven't had them out in the rain yet (thankfully) but I am quite pleased with them so far.

As for appearance, I must say that I like the bike better even though it isn't a period look.

Keep in mind that my previous tires were Continentals and the PO put a 3.5 on the front and a 4.0 on the rear so that was not the best initial set up.

I keep everyone posted on how they wear in.

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Anyone try Avon AM26 tires?

Thanks for the info, Munk. I went ahead and ordered the correctly sized Heidenaus, but haven't mounted them yet. They do very closely resemble the Continental that I had on the front.

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Time for new tires

I found this old thread in a tire search. My current Laser Techs are going to be eight years old next season so they have a bit of age on them but still seem to be in good shape and no place near the tread wear indicators. I ride the bike hard and enjoy some spirited cornering as well. Thinking that a more modern tire may suit my needs. Wondering if anyone can offer up some additional commentary related to the Avon AM26 and if so provide sizing data as well. Many thanks,

Greg

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I have never used Avon tires.

I have never used Avon tires. But any tire that is 8 yrs old on a motorcycle is way to long....for me anyway. And especially "hard & spirited".
I know...I have only been riding bikes for 45+ yrs now. But they can get hard and even break down inside. 4-5 yrs is plenty for me cause there is only 2 of them on the road. Just buy a good quality tire for your Spirited riding. Never heard anything bad about any Avon tires.

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I agree

Thanks Twocams, I agree. My every daily is a K13S which sees plenty of ride time but the old girl only gets out a few times a month. Cant say that in thirty+ years of riding that I have ever had a set of tires this long on any bike. I haven't heard anything bad about Avon's either. Think I may give them a try. Thanks for the thoughtful reply.

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I went with the Avon's

I went with the Avon's:

90/90-18 Front
100/90-18 Rear

Will report back with riding impressions after I install and have some miles on them.

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Please update

Please do let us know, I have mismatched tires on mine as well from the PO and have not ridden it yet. I was wondering if I wanted to go with Heidenaus.

Thanks!!!

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I used to run Metzlers all

I used to run Metzlers all the time on my 74 R90/6 and 79 R100RT. Then I did a fly and drive with a 79 R60/7 from Nova Scotia to Saskatchewan. I bought the Avon AM Roadrider tires based on their lower price to replace the knobbies that were on the bike. 6400 km ride and I am a convert. The bike was heavily loaded with "just in case" tools and parts. The tires handled great (day trip around the Cabot Trail), they barely twiched on grooved pavement and they have lots of life left after 6400 km. I run them on all my 70's bikes now. The only downside is they do not have the "vintage" look.

Just my experience.

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Avon Road Rider Follow Up

I'm happy to report that I put 125 miles on a new set of Avon Road Riders today. Now we all know that new tires are always wonderful but I have to say compared to the Metzeler Laser Tech's that preceded them, there is a remarkable difference.

Todays:
Conditions - 47-60 degrees (F), sunny and dry
Roads - Very good condition with twisties, sweepers, straights and decreasing radius reverse camber turns through the Hunterdon NJ countryside
Speed Range for this outing was - 0-60 MPH+
Type of riding - Spirited/ Hard
PSI - 35 front and rear
Miles - 125

Initial Impression is "confidence inspiring" - These tires are wonderful and make the bike feel sportier than it is. The bike is much quicker to turn in and the lean angle is greater than what I could confidently achieve with the Metzeler's (even when new). The old tires had a tendency to kick out in the rear under hard corning. Not so with the Avon's. They turn in quickly and hold the line. There is reduced tracking across grated bridge surfaces or squirming on road-snakes as well. The ride comfort is equal to the Metzeler's but that was never my complaint. The Avon's are far more compliant across all riding scenarios. I no longer have to think about tire performance related to riding style or the architecture of the road. The Avon's (even while brand new) have superior grip.

The tread pattern on the Metzler's favored tracking and squirming and the rear seemed to be quite square compared to the Avon rear tire profile. The Avon's are more of what we understand to be a typical mid-range sport tire but seem to suit the R60/2 rather nicely. As others have pointed out, they do not look "period correct". Not a concern of mine.

If you want to sacrifice handling for looks then these are not your tires. However if you're all about ride-ability and corning, the Avon's seem to be quite good. I feel as though I have a new bike.

Price:
Front - $76 - 90/90 18 V rated
Rear -- $93 - 100/90 18 V rated

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A Quick Follow Up

Wow, another 175 miles today through the NJ Pine Barrens. My only additional observation is that these tires require a bit more input than the lazy Metzeler's (by the way the Metzeler Lasetec's are good tires, just not for me). Meaning the Avon's require a bit more counter steering during hard cornering. Yeeeee-Hawwww!

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