Riding on a snake

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Riding on a snake

Post by Sidcar » Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:10 am

I've fitted an Avon Cobra Trike tyre to the front of my outfit and the difference is amazing. The steering feels much more positive at low and high speeds and in crosswinds on the motorway. Stability when braking also feels better. Money well spent.
Now solo riders complain of:

Handle bar wobble at low speeds
Tyre weight limits easily exceeded
Excess heat and possible delamination due to tyre being overloaded
Poor mileage

Given the above would fitting a Trike tyre help?
I'm sure it isn't approved for solo bikes but the neither are car tyres

So waddaya think?


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Re: Riding on a snake

Post by 823JIM » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:08 am

My brother had a Goldwing Roadsmith trike with an Avon Cobra Trike on it. He was planning a long trip and replaced the tire which was only about 1/2 used up. So I put the trike front tire on my two wheel 'Wing, there was no real noticeable difference in handling from the standard Avon Cobra I had been running. When I removed the tire before my trip to Myrtle Beach in may of last year the tire was not yet completely used up (close) with a total of 19k miles on it between the two bikes.
I now have an Avon Cobra bias ply on the front, bias ply is rated for more weight than the equivalent radial. I have about 7k on this tire and it still looks like new. Will see what kind mileage I get and determine if I stick with this or go back to the trike tire.
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Re: Riding on a snake

Post by Mountain rider » Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:30 pm

Another option is to run a rear tire of the proper size on the front. Since the rear tires come with about an additional 2 or 3/16ths of tread, you get a more durable tire right from the start. Good Luck.

Oh, and the Avons are awesome tires!

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