Avon trike tire vs BT-46


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Avon trike tire vs BT-46

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I have a 96 with a sidecar. I'm considering an Avon trike tire or a BT-46 rear possibly mounted backwards on the front.

No new Avons to be found anywhere online. But I did find one locally. He wants $234. But the date code is from 2021. Would you dare get that tire? Another semi local dealer said they have some newer ones but they are priced a $299. I don't see that happening.

Or I can get a BT-46 for $135.

Is the Avon $100 better? Which would last the longest with my sidecar rig.

Thanks for any input.


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Re: Avon trike tire vs BT-46

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I don't see the Avon being able to do anything the Bridgestone can't, especially for less money and probably more miles.

I have a BT-46 rear on the front of my K1600 (standard rotation) and have been happy for the past 2000 miles.
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Re: Avon trike tire vs BT-46

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blupupher wrote: Thu Mar 28, 2024 7:02 pm I don't see the Avon being able to do anything the Bridgestone can't, especially for less money and probably more miles.

I have a BT-46 rear on the front of my K1600 (standard rotation) and have been happy for the past 2000 miles.
IF it's a DC (Dual Compound) tire and you're an Easy Rider (aka: Fuddy Duddy :lol: ), you should get close to 35k out of it. 8-)
BUT!!! keep an eye on the sidewalls. I had 2 in a row that cracked open to the chords.
They might have fixed it by now. I called & raised a BIG STINK.

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Re: Avon trike tire vs BT-46

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FM-USA wrote: Thu Mar 28, 2024 10:59 pm
blupupher wrote: Thu Mar 28, 2024 7:02 pm I don't see the Avon being able to do anything the Bridgestone can't, especially for less money and probably more miles.

I have a BT-46 rear on the front of my K1600 (standard rotation) and have been happy for the past 2000 miles.
IF it's a DC (Dual Compound) tire and you're an Easy Rider (aka: Fuddy Duddy :lol: ), you should get close to 35k out of it. 8-)
BUT!!! keep an eye on the sidewalls. I had 2 in a row that cracked open to the chords.
They might have fixed it by now. I called & raised a BIG STINK.

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LOL, I am not an easy rider.
Was it on a BT-45 or a BT-46?
I know most of the changes between the 45 and 46 addressed wet handling characteristics, don't think much else changed.

Like I said, I have about 2,000 miles on it now, and don't see any noticeable wear (did not measure when new), and about to do 3,000 miles in the next month.
Current ride: 2013 BMW K1600GT

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Re: Avon trike tire vs BT-46

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I skimmed read posts on the BT-46 tire, some said it didn't last as long as the BT-45.
Softer for rain, ya I can see that since I locked my BT-45 up once on dry asphalt. The front left a 5 ft track.
Stopped quick for my binocs to get lic plate. Back seat kid tossed 1/2 doz golf ball size rocks at me as we passed doing 30mph each. :evil:
These days I'm more touring than speed-demon so my tires last a LOOOOONG time.

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Re: Avon trike tire vs BT-46

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FM-USA wrote: Fri Mar 29, 2024 8:54 pm I skimmed read posts on the BT-46 tire, some said it didn't last as long as the BT-45.
Softer for rain, ya I can see that since I locked my BT-45 up once on dry asphalt. The front left a 5 ft track.
Stopped quick for my binocs to get lic plate. Back seat kid tossed 1/2 doz golf ball size rocks at me as we passed doing 30mph each. :evil:
These days I'm more touring than speed-demon so my tires last a LOOOOONG time.

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Yeah, I have read a few saying the BT46 has a shorter life than the 45. I have never used a 45, so no idea on how it would compair to my current 46, but so far it is looking good. I will know more at the end of next month.


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Former rides: 2002 GL1800A, 2001 CB750, 1994 GL1500 SE, 1994 VT1100C , 1984 VF500F, 1982 CB750C, 1982 GS250T, 1981 CB900C, 1978 CB125s, 1976 TS185
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