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I had a pair of RoadRiders on my old XT600. It was like a different bike.
They gave me much more confidence than the semi-off road tyres gave me. I nearly had my knee down a few times!!!
Nickwiz wrote (see)
Avon roadriders? DON'T I fitted them to my thruxton and they've ruined the handling. At 90+ the bike wobbles in a frankly dangerous manner. Nothing else changed other than the tyres. Its gone from decent handling to a camel overnight. I've heard people rave about these tyres on the Triumph modern classics. I can only conclude they don't ride above 90 ever, or that Avon quality control is dodgy and I got some duff tyres.
Roadriders are the best tyres I've had on my bikes for dispatching, they're great in the wet, don't white line and the wear rates are much better than with Bridgestone's.
Unlike with BT45s they wear evenly, no bald spots on the tyres, so to my mind for high mileage use in all weathers they're great.
Can't fault them handling-wise either, plenty of grip and roll into corners nice and confidently.
They're excellent mid-priced tyres, far better options than the false economy of cheapo Maxxis tyres for instance as they'll last twice the mileage. As far as I'm concerned they're a far superior tyre to Bridgestone BT45's.
The problem with BT45s is that they wear very unevenly and so its difficult to get maximum mileage from the tyres, the fronts especially tend to wear flats along the sides long before the central bands have worn, the rears tend to become very patchy in places. Other than that they can be a nice grippy tyre.
You get none of this with Avon Roadriders, they wear more or less uniformly and you end up being able to get a much better usable effective lifespan from the tyres. On top of that they have a very effective design which reduces whitelining a great deal.
Personally I've always felt bikes handle very well with them on, much better than on worn BT45s although correct tyre pressures are the main thing that will affect the bikes feel obviously.
Talking of which I just had a set fitted and wasn't impressed by the feel, checking the pressures the tyre fitter had put 29 in the front and 26 on the rear - and this was on a 900 diversion which should have been 35 front 42 rear! Quite a difference, no wonder they felt horribly twitchy.
I can get up to 10,000 miles on a rear Roadrider, the BT45s are in a terrible state long before that. They are much better high mileage tyres.
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