I want to thank my NWet riding friends for suggesting the switch to the Avon front tire.
Excellent choice of tire of my LT. The tire sticks much better than the Metzler bias (duh) and the BT020 bias tires that I've been using for the past 4+ years I've owned this wonderful machine. The tire sent to me is the new Storm
that is getting excellent reviews.
The only comparible tire I've used was the Metzler radial that PM mistakenly mounted
three years ago and I subsequently used up the tread in 4k miles (it stuck like glue for 3.75k of those miles though
) We'll see what the mileage portion will be in the next few months as I try to wear this out before putting on fresh rubber for our trip to CCR.
Ken and my friend Rob were over last Friday evening and helped me mount the new set. I chose to try the 020 Radial in the rear (that's right Joe. The tire you loved to hate for separation anxiety
but you don't have to concern yourself with such trivial matters any longer
). The next morning a sleepy trio set out for the RTE in eastern Oregon. Even brand new on wet pavement the new tires felt comfortable. Nothing squirley like I've experienced with the ME880's. The stick in the sharp turns is refreshing without the push and chatter of either of my previous front tire brands (40# pressure two-up). The 020 radial in the rear (46# pressure two-up) was stable as well with that comfortable feeling of transition going into maximum lean (for me that is when I drag whatever wants to touch from the lower fairing and pegs down
Overall I'm satisfied with the switch. The cost is $4 more for the Storm over the 020 at SW Moto
and delivered to your door in two days here in the NWet area. Not bad service and value for the dollar in my opinion.