Loving new Avon tires


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Loving new Avon tires

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:50 am



One of the things I REALLY disliked about my new-to-me GL1500 was the Dunlop E3 tires on it. The front tire was badly cupped, and trying to manhandle it around at slow speeds was humbling. I had at times wondered if I was going to be able to handle this bike at slow speed!

Well all that is history. I put a new set of Avon Venoms on this winter, and I've now been riding on them for two days. They are smooth, the bike is maneuverable and stable, and it's rock-solid at low speeds. What a difference!

I put Dyna-Beads in them, and they are smooth at all speeds without a hint of vibration.

I loved the Venoms on my 1100, and I'm glad they're just as good on my 1500.



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Re: Loving new Avon tires

Postby HALBUDD » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:13 pm

Good to hear that you have your bike back together and are riding now. But did you find any more left over parts haha! Glad your out and riding I was out riding just a little while ago with my son on my other bike.Have fun and be safe. Hal
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Re: Loving new Avon tires

Postby themainviking » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:24 am

I read elsewhere that one must wash out the interior of Avon tires in order to use dyna beads. Is this correct? Is it the same with all tires, would anyone know? Thanks.
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Re: Loving new Avon tires

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:08 am

themainviking wrote:I read elsewhere that one must wash out the interior of Avon tires in order to use dyna beads. Is this correct? Is it the same with all tires, would anyone know? Thanks.


I never washed out my Avons, and I've had them on my GL1100 with Dyna Beads for over two years without a problem. I can't think of why you would need to - there is nothing sticky inside the tires, nothing that would impede the beads - in fact, the inner surface of the tires is quite smooth and slippery.

The only thing you do have to make sure of is that you don't get any bead lubricant INSIDE the tire or on the rim - this will gum up the beads and cause them not to work - worse, it will cause an imbalance. I mount my own tires - on the 1100 I used Armor All as a lubricant (it's slippery and it dries) but the 1500 tires would not work with it - they're just too tight. I was afraid of tearing the bead, so I used some tire lubricant, but only on the actual bead seating surface, where beads would not touch, and only the tiniest amount, just enough to get the tire to slide on the rim.

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Re: Loving new Avon tires

Postby themainviking » Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:19 am

Thanks WingAdmin. I kinda thought that info I received was hokey. It had something to do with the inside of the tires having a mold release coating, to help them release from the tire mold at manufacture. I appreciate the reply.
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Re: Loving new Avon tires

Postby thrasherg » Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:33 pm

I have run Avons on all my bikes (Sport bikes, touring, etc) and have always loved them. Run them on my Gl1800 and have been very happy so far, am also running dyna beads and have had no issue with them

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Re: Loving new Avon tires

Postby bellboy40 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:01 am

Glad you like your Avons. I have been running them on my previous GL1200 LTD for several years and now have them on my current GL1500. They have given me great service and mileage over the years. Don't know why you had trouble with mounting the tires with Armor All. That is what I used and it went well for me. Oh well, whatever works.

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Re: Loving new Avon tires

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:53 am

bellboy40 wrote:Glad you like your Avons. I have been running them on my previous GL1200 LTD for several years and now have them on my current GL1500. They have given me great service and mileage over the years. Don't know why you had trouble with mounting the tires with Armor All. That is what I used and it went well for me. Oh well, whatever works.


The 1500 tires just seemed to be a lot tighter and harder to get on the rims than the 1100's were. Like I said, I was afraid of tearing the bead. I probably could have eventually manhandled them on, but I really didn't want to have to replace a brand new tire because I had gone and torn the bead while mounting it!

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Re: Loving new Avon tires

Postby bellboy40 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:18 pm

You're right, they were harder to pry over the rims than the 1200 was. I managed to get them on without too much difficulty though. I like the Armor All for mounting the tires on rims though. It is slippery enough to do the job but doesn't corrode the rims like some soaps do.

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Re: Loving new Avon tires

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:31 pm

bellboy40 wrote:You're right, they were harder to pry over the rims than the 1200 was. I managed to get them on without too much difficulty though. I like the Armor All for mounting the tires on rims though. It is slippery enough to do the job but doesn't corrode the rims like some soaps do.


And more importantly, for those of us using Dyna Beads, it evaporates so that the beads don't stick to it - unlike standard tire bead lube.




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