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    Avon Storm 3D X-M for an R1100S

    Aside from the cumbersome name, does anyone have any input on these tires?

    I am currently running Michelin Roads which have served me very well but I'm always up for trying something new so I figured I'd give these a whirl. Before I do, has anyone else here tried these tires?

    Thanks in advance for your input.

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    Not that exact one but I did try the Avon Storm Ultra II and it was a great tire but wore out too fast compared to Michelins.
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    I have a set on a 2014 Triumph Trophy

    I have 2000 miles on them and I like them a lot. Handling is much better than the Pirelli Angels that came on the bike. The Pirellis were to the cords in 7000 miles. The Avons show no appreciable wear yet. The XM is supposed to be engineered for the heavier, more powerful bikes like the Suzuki Hayabusa and Kawasaki 1400. Not fair to compare them to the Storm Ultras as they are a different tire. Short answer, I like em. Very good in the rain too.

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    Thanks for this, Guys.

    Barring any negative input from others, I'll be fitting a set of these in two weeks. I will report my impressions.

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    They may not last long on the S, a lot longer on those pesky RS's
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    Motorrad ranked them last in their latest (sport) touring tire test. Lesen Sie Deutsch? No, use a browser with a translator.

    http://www.motorradonline.de/motorra...53628?seite=12

    In my personal quest for economical traction on obsolete rubber, I ran my PR2 until I couldn't keep the two string plugs in it from leaking. That was about 500 miles after this photo.


    In the last 1000 miles or so on the tire, it had been progressively losing traction, first in the wet and towards the end, in the dry as well. Given the lack of power from an RS, I'd say the tire was giving up. All told, I got nearly 6000 miles out of the tire which was purchased as a nearly new take off with an April 2010 date stamp.

    I ordered an Angel GT to replace it and threw on my spare wheel with a well used 2008 Diablo Strada on it. Despite looking like snot and being older, it has far more grip in the corners than the worn out PR2 I just removed. In the dry at least, it is a good match to the 1/2 worn PR2 on the front. IT is really worn down in the denter, but there is plenty of meat left for cornering and it is still pretty sticky.


    I'm just hoping the new Angel GT isn't so much better than my PR2 front that I have to get a matching front right away. I should know within a week when I swap and replace the FD oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rxcrider View Post
    Motorrad ranked them last in their latest (sport) touring tire test. Lesen Sie Deutsch? No, use a browser with a translator.

    http://www.motorradonline.de/motorra...53628?seite=12
    Thanks for this. It appears that the Michelins and other tires excelled in the wet test however the advantages over one another was negligible on the dry country road test - no great surprise, I'd say. I haven't ridden in the rain in over a year (and when I do I am the epitome of Mr. Chickensh*t) so its really not that important to me. But I certainly appreciate the input. Danke!

    Avon tires have been ordered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    They may not last long on the S, a lot longer on those pesky RS's
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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Thanks for this. It appears that the Michelins and other tires excelled in the wet test however the advantages over one another was negligible on the dry country road test - no great surprise, I'd say. I haven't ridden in the rain in over a year (and when I do I am the epitome of Mr. Chickensh*t) so its really not that important to me. But I certainly appreciate the input. Danke!

    Avon tires have been ordered.
    I also should have mentioned that it is last place in a short list of excellent tires. Sort of like finishing off the podium at Moto GP, still near the top of the heap, just not on the rostrum. It is also worth mentioning that the Pirelli Angel GT was the winner last year and this year it is the second, second place tire. There has been a lot of development and progression in the sport touring tire arena and the life span and performance of the current offerings are pretty darn impressive.

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    16 miles in the cool (60 F) on mixed dry / damp roads this morning and so far I'm liking the Angel GT. Haven't really pushed it yet, but it hasn't shown any interest in breaking loose either.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rxcrider View Post
    16 miles in the cool (60 F) on mixed dry / damp roads this morning and so far I'm liking the Angel GT. Haven't really pushed it yet, but it hasn't shown any interest in breaking loose either.
    Pin the throttle in second over a wet, painted white line and get back to me. Kidding!

    I'm scheduled for a tire-ectomy next week and will keep you posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Pin the throttle in second over a wet, painted white line and get back to me. Kidding!
    I was in first instead of second, but it only broke loose briefly and hooked back up without getting out of the throttle in probably a half inch of water pulling away from a stop. I was accelerating hard enough for the bike to pull the front slightly over the center crown of the road I was crossing. I only had one fun turn yesterday after it started raining. In the dry, it is mildly amusing at 40MPH. I ran it in second gear in a heavy rain at about 35 MPH. The PR2 on the front started to move a bit so I stood the bike up a touch and rolled on the throttle. The front gained composure as usual, but the rear didn't budge like it would have in the past with the PR2. In the dry, The Angel GT is pretty much on par with the previous PR2 exept that it seems to turn in easier / more quickly and likes to stay leaned over more than the PR2 did. It was raining hard enough that the tire grooves in the road were filled with water and there were many areas with an inch or two of water flowing over the road. I've just been commuting on the bike lately and not every day, so I only have 300 - 400 miles on the Angel GT rear so far.

    Angel GT rear at 425 miles on 2014-08-28:
    Last edited by rxcrider; 08-28-2014 at 03:00 PM. Reason: add photo

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    Thanks for that, RXC. I've postponed my tire swap as the PR2s are refusing to cooperate and wear out on MY schedule. Will change after my next 3,000 km trip which happens next week.

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