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Avon AM26 Roadrider Tire eval
Written by yankeesmuggler on 5/14/2012 at 07:03 pm

After 3 weeks and about 2,000 miles (interstate and mountain roads-
Deal's Gap+), I thought someone might be interested in my impressions
of the new front tire I installed while passing through Tennessee on
my Maintenance Mooch Tour back in April.

I'm not the one to ask about holding the road and all that stuff. All
my front tires did that with no problem. I guess I'm just not as "in
tune" with the rubber as some of you are. I do have two minor
annoyances with this tire though that might make me go back to Dunlop
at the end of this tire's life. Both are related to the tire's tread
pattern and depth of grooves.

The first is a constant buzzy feel in the handlebars and foot pegs.
The buzz varies with the road surface, sometimes less or more, but it
is always present. It's not a hazard, just an annoyance. Thank
goodness I have foam grip covers to help absorb some of he buzz. The
second is the rumble/howl that I hear when leaned over in a turn.
Normally this is a sign that the tires are nearing their life's end,
especially on the rear tire, but I've had this from day one. I
started with my normal 38 psi in the tire and after a few days I
checked Avon's website and they recommend a pressure of 34-36 psi for
the front tire in our size. I dropped it to 34 psi and I do notice
some improvement.

I parked next to John Handford's Pacific Coast at the recent Eastern
Shore Ride in Chincoteague, VA and compared my Avon with 1,000 miles
at that time and his Avon with 18,000 miles. I would have been hard
pressed to choose which was which. I'm guessing I'll have to put up
with my minor annoyances for some time to come.

Tim Davies
Seneca Falls, NY
Yankee Smuggler II 1998 (150,000+ mi)

IPCRC #4
AMA #688662

"The ride is the objective, the destination is the excuse!"

Message Thread for message #112999

yankeesmuggler
5/14/2012, 07:03 pm
Avon AM26 Roadrider Tire eval
After 3 weeks and about 2,000 miles (interstate and mountain roads- Deal's Gap+), I thought someone might be interested in my impressions of the new front tire I installed while passing through Tennessee on my Maintenance Mooch Tour back in A

    alfr4d
    5/15/2012, 12:46 am
    Avon AM26 Roadrider Tire eval
    Thanks for reporting. Not any such mishap here. Do you have it mounted in the right direction? It has two arrows on it but that is not the same as to be mounted in any direction you prefer. When up front it should look like the wrong way arou

    wbpc800
    5/15/2012, 01:33 am
    Avon AM26 Roadrider Tire eval
    Tim, I too may not be all that in tune, but I know what I like;-) The buzzing may be something specific to your tire. However, I don't think it is something with the AM26. I was riding with a buddy just yesterday and I couldn't help but s

      tradewinds1964
      5/15/2012, 04:21 pm
      Avon AM26 Roadrider Tire eval
      You came this close to Atlanta without saying anything? Oh for shame for shame for shame. Since I've been laid off from work, for about 3 weeks, riding has been my distraction from resumes. I've been up to Deal's Gap for lunch and dinner. Rod