Trike front tyre


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Trike front tyre

Postby Sidcar » Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:33 am



I'm about to part with some of my hard earned cash on a Michelin Pilot Activ tyre for the front of my GL1500 outfit but someone had told me Avon make a front tyre for Trikes as part of their Cobra range.
Sounds good but it's twice the price of the Michelin! Anyone used one if so are they worth the extra cost?

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Re: Trike front tyre

Postby newday777 » Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:11 am

The Cobra trike tire is new so not many have been in service for any length of time to give a long experience of.
I have the Cobra on my 2 wheeler front and like them.

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Re: Trike front tyre

Postby kybigmac » Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:31 am

I just recently put the Avon trike tire on my 93 GW with motor trike conversion, only put about 400 hundred miles on so far. The tire really sticks to road and handles really well. If it gets decent mileage it will be my tire of choice from now on. If you shop around you can find the tire on Sale for around $150 . The last MPA I bought was around $120 and I didn't like the noise it made . Good luck with your decision!

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Re: Trike front tyre

Postby Sidcar » Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:14 pm

At the moment the best prices I've got are £127 for the Avon against £61 for the Pilot Activ.
My present front tyre has about a 1000 mls approx left in it so there is time for some more soul searching.

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Re: Trike front tyre

Postby ozemarketeer » Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:34 am

Hello from Down Under. I know this is a bit late, but someone may find it handy info.

I replaced the front tyre on my 1999 GL1500SE in January this year with an Avon Cobra Trike tyre. I was running a Voyager kit at the time.

I triked with a Californian Side Car (CSC) kit a few months ago. At 22000kms ( 13660mls) I was getting near the wear bars and as I have a lot of Interstate rides coming up, I upgraded to another Avon Trike tyre. I reckon I would have legally got another 3K kms (1800mls). Even so, even at 22K kms I am stoked.

I am an all weather rider, covering rural, suburban and city roads. I do almost no dirt/gravel road riding at all.

The tyre tread showed no signs of cupping (ran at a constant 36psi), no tram tracking, superb grip on fast and slow corners (wet and dry) and no bad habits. Highly recommend this tyre for triking and long, level highway riding. BTW - It's a mean tyre on the twisties too!
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Re: Trike front tyre

Postby Sidcar » Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:13 am

Thanks for the feed back.
I fitted a Michelin Pilot Active rear tyre, fitted in reverse direction, and so far that has been great. My only complaint is I can feel slight "feedback" through the handlebars, like I was running a block pattern tread.
When this one wears out I think I'll give the trike tyre a go.

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MPA vs Avon Cobra Trike Radial

Postby CrystalPistol » Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:46 am

Not on a hack .... but on a '97 GL1500 SE / Lehman GTL Trike .... removed a hard riding but long wearing and "low speed buzzing" MPA with over half of tread remaining last year and hung it on the wall. put a new Avon Cobra Trike Radial 130/70R18 on in it's place.

Smoother ride immediately, tracks better in turns as it take a set better no doubt due to softer side walls and longer tread patch frt to rear ... it came with a slightly flatter tread profile that the MPA as well. No cupping yet after a few K miles, if it wears just half as well as the MPA I'll be a happy camper. The ride and comfort is that much better. No buzzing through the handlebars at 25-35 mph, swallows small bumps, pavement seams, divots in the raod better ..... bridge expansion joints much smoother, less noise from plastic as shocks transmitted to frame are reduced.

The MPA that wore like iron rode like iron .... I'll keep it as a "spare for emergency use" only (like if I find a cut in the Cobra and need something to carry me over until I can get a replacement .... which is what happened to the M-50 a few years ago and lead to installing the MPA). I never had it slip in a curve but it never took a set in a curve at speed as well as the Cobra Trike Radial either.
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Re: Trike front tyre

Postby Sidcar » Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:59 pm

The downside is the trike tyre is over twice the price (£127 cheapest I've seen) so I'll be putting up with the MPA for a while longer. I have to say the cornering and braking with it are great and the handlebar shake has all but disappeared.

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Re: Trike front tyre

Postby ozemarketeer » Sat Sep 10, 2016 5:57 pm

Hello Sid.

Ahh yes, the PRICE!

With my tax exemption as a Vietnam Veteran on a Special Rate Disability Payment, the price was $AUD261.00 = GBP148.33 ($USD196.82)

Our American cousins do much better with their discounted tyre prices with a broad range of $USD137 - $USD145

Check out this link Sid : https://www.tyresalesuk.co.uk/product/1 ... -trike-tl/

It is easy to get caught out with the 63H sidewall. The 63V has 'TRIKE' imprinted on the sidewall. Both are exceptional tyres.

I wish you well with your current choice. May all be well and smooth cruising.
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Re: Trike front tyre

Postby Sidcar » Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:11 pm

Thanks for the link I've saved it for future use. The price of this tyre is coming down slowly so I live in hope. I had an ordinary Avon Cobra on the front before this MPA but it only lasted 9000 miles and the handlebar shake was quite noticeable.

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