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Hal is having a sale so I need a spare pair of tires. I now have Metzlers tires and they work well. I had Avon Venom on my '86 Gl and they wore great and handled very well. My question is what is the difference between the Venom and the Cobra, and should I change?
 

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Hal is having a sale so I need a spare pair of tires. I now have Metzlers tires and they work well. I had Avon Venom on my '86 Gl and they wore great and handled very well. My question is what is the difference between the Venom and the Cobra, and should I change?
Can't say anything about the Venoms, but the Cobras I had on my 07 were way better than the D250s. Quiet, grippy, and most importantly - held the pavement very well in the rain.

Cobras - :yes1:

Dumbflop D250s - :eek:4:
 

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Can't say for the Wing, but I went from Venom's to the Cobra on my Valk and love the Cobra so far. Handling and grip seem to be the same, noise level on the Cobra is far less than Venom was at the same mileage.
 

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I used several sets of Venoms(70's) and was pleased, they handle well and if you keep the pressure up will give long service. I never used Cobra's so I can't comment. From what I have read the Cobras seem to be even better.If I was in the market I would go for them.
 

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The most noticable difference is that the Cobra is nearly silent, mine are well worn and the rear makes just a faint very low pitched hum that I can hear only if I really listen for it -- quieter worn that E-3 or Metzelers were as new.. Since you have had Venoms, you are aware that they can get noisey. The Venoms have a slightly sharper cross sectional profile and the Cobras are more sharp of profile than other GL tires, no experience with Shinko; thus the Cobras still handle quickly, but also have a more posh ride -- very similar to Bridgestone. The Cobras seem to be wearing slower, but that could just be me slowing down with age. If I had to rate the two GL versions of Avons for traction, I would give the nod to the Venoms, but if much money was riding on that "bet", then I would be nervous -- they are close and I think either out-grips the competition. One place where I am more confident in giving the Venom Rs the nod is superior traction on dirty or gravel spewn pavement. I do not understand why the Venoms can grip on that scary stuff, but they do so remarkably well. The Cobras are not as grippy on that loose berm gravel, but they are not bad in that regard -- I don't know how any tire could grip on it.

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PS: BUT; for the price break Hal is making on 'stones, it would be hard to pass them up! They are another excellent tire. We gots real choices for a change!
 

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Can't comment about the Cobras, but I love the Venoms. Great grip either wet or dry. I have about 7000 miles on my set so far, and the wear is nice and even.
 

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Cobras are what's on my bike in the Deals Gap photo below. That was my first set and I was very impressed with how well they hold on the corners. Just don't buy those square car tires. LOL:thumbup:
 

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Loved the venoms and i was going to buy cobras for my next set but i won a set of mezlers so i have to wait till they run down before i can by my next ones
 

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Don't mean to highjack the thread. But was wondering about the Metzlers,I just ordered a set from Hal also.I have never on the 8 Goldwings Iv'e owned i have only Ran dunlops,or what some call them(Dunflops). The Question is, For the guy's that have had Metzlers what are the pros and cons. Thanks for any input.
Jack
 

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I have Venoms on my VTX and Cobras on my Wing. I like 'em both and Avons are all I'll ever buy for my bikes. I've had issues with Metzlers (3 sets) from cracked side walls to the dreaded wobble. Put Avons on no more wobble for me.:doorag:
 

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Don't mean to highjack the thread. But was wondering about the Metzlers,I just ordered a set from Hal also.I have never on the 8 Goldwings Iv'e owned i have only Ran dunlops,or what some call them(Dunflops). The Question is, For the guy's that have had Metzlers what are the pros and cons. Thanks for any input.
Jack
metzlers are a POS.....I had a rear delaminate with about 1300 miles on it & metzler would NOT cover it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...I will vote with my WALLET.....................
 

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Don't mean to highjack the thread. But was wondering about the Metzlers,I just ordered a set from Hal also.I have never on the 8 Goldwings Iv'e owned i have only Ran dunlops,or what some call them(Dunflops). The Question is, For the guy's that have had Metzlers what are the pros and cons. Thanks for any input.
Jack
You'll hear at least one "horror story" about every brand... but I've had
very good luck with Metz on several different bikes. Very good grip and
wear. My only complaint is that the fronts are noisy on both of my
current bikes (Gl1800 and Roadliner... they use the same front tire). I also
had very good luck with the Dunlops (yep... even in the rain). I'd like
to try a set of the Stones to see what they are like.
 

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Well I have the Venoms on here...got them about two years ago...hardly put any miles on the bike at all since then, lol....so I might end up putting the Cobras on this spring.

...as soon as my mother sends me my tags for MN, lol.
 
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