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I do not normally double post, and have posted this subject on the tech board, but I have worn my OEMs to near the wear indicators on my 04 Wing at 14,500. I could go another couple of thousand but it is in the rainy season and those Dunlops are just too slippery. I am planning to go to a 70 series rear which I believe was what the bike was designed around, and understand that the Avon is the tire of choice from some who have taken the time to post. The dealer has an Avon 180-70-16 Venom. I do not know what the Venom designates, and if it is the cruising wet weather tire that people talk about. Also, the dealer can not get the matching front tire for a few days.

Sure would like to hear from those who are using 70 series Avons if they know what model of tire they are using.

I also saw that Dunlop has a new 70 series Elite with deeper tread for mileage and compound for better wet weather traction, but have not heard on this board about that. It is a Valkyrie tire.

Thanks in advance for any information. It must be a boring subject because I reviewed threads and very little gets posted, unlike handguns and racy women that seem to be very interesting to many.

I realize that if you work 70 hours a week and ride 1000 miles a week like I do, not much time is left for other things, so I really will appreciate the help.
 

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Thanks 'chef. What is the designation of the Avon front tire? I assume it is 130-70-R18 ??H
 

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Venom 70 series on both ends

I had the Venom 70 series installed this morning on both ends of the bike.

The speedo is dead on at 70,75, and 80. At 60, the speedo is about 1/2 mph optimistic and about 1 mph optimistic at 50. Tires are quiet and cornering is good. Best cornering feel I have had on the Wing.

However, the bike is wallowie. The sidewalls are too limber. I will raise the pressure from 41 on the rear and try again.

The odometer registered 77.8 in 78.4 GPS miles. That will probably drift to even and then to optimistic as the tire wears. It is obviously the tire outside diameter the speedometer gearing was designed for.

However, the limber sidewalls are not good. With only 100 miles on the tires, no wet riding was done, and no speed over 85 while pulling my old trailer until I raise the pressure and try it again. Just felt too unstable in the yaw axis. The same rig with worn Dunlops was just fine at 105 the other day, and felt like it was good for a lot more. Too many places for gumballs to hide.

The Avon 70 Venom feels just like the Dunlop with a flat. That is why I will try max recommended pressure, and then post again. I will also look for a stiffer version of the tire.
 
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