Street Twin Tire Upgrade

Discussion in 'Tyres' started by BigCLM, Jan 5, 2019.

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  1. BigCLM

    BigCLM Senior Member

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    #1 BigCLM, Jan 5, 2019
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    I ride a Street Twin with stock tires (Pirelli Phantoms). I noticed a lot of ST owners like the Avon Storm 3DX-M tires. Interesting that the stock front Pirelli tire is a bias ply tire, not a radial. But the stock rear tire is a radial. The Avon Storms are radial front and back.

    Please offer opinions on the handling of the Avon Storms on the ST with a radial front tire. I don't ride particularly aggressive as the ST is not a sport bike. But is there a noticeable difference with handling (and mileage)? I don't dislike the stock tires as they have worked well for me. And out here in California the roads are dry most of the time.
     
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  2. Repooh

    Repooh Rarely Satisfied

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    Cant speak to the Avons

    I have Continental Road Attack 3 and I think they are way way better than stock

    On FaceBook a poll was taken and the Pirelli Scorpion Trail 3 was the highest voted tyre for the Street Twin
     
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  3. OsteKuste

    OsteKuste Intergalactic Warlord
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    I have been reading everything I can find regarding replacement tyres for the ST series of bikes. I have a Street Cup and ride almost exclusively curvy mountain roads pretty aggressively. I’ve been mostly happy with the Pirellis, but will have worn them out at about 6k miles. Given all that I have found I will be trying the Conti Road Attack 3s soon if I cannot get Michelin Pilots that fit.
     
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  4. learningtofly

    learningtofly He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!
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    I found the stock tyres on the Twin to be a massive disappointment, and ended up avoiding absolutely anything on the road that wasn't pristine tarmac. An upgrade is a very good idea IMO.
     
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  5. OsteKuste

    OsteKuste Intergalactic Warlord
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    My stock pirellis are about gone at 5k, interesting that my front is worse than the back. I have checked pressures before every ride. The rear has no flat spot, as I ride no highway miles and a lot of mountain twisties. The front has always shown a bit of feathering of what siping it had but no cupping. I guess I’ve just pushed that front tyre pretty hard. Hopefully the Contis will be an upgrade, unless there’s a more aggressive sport tyre someone can recommend that fits. I so wish the Thruxton wheels would fit my bike!
     
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  6. BigCLM

    BigCLM Senior Member

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    The Attack 3 front tire is a radial design. Can you comment on the handling difference when compared to the stock bias ply design tire?
     
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  7. BigCLM

    BigCLM Senior Member

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    FYI, many seem to also like the Avon Storm 3DX-M.
     
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  8. John Goadby

    John Goadby New Member

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    Hi
    Can any recommend UK a supplier for CRA 3 tiers please
    Kindest regards
    John
     
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  9. Helmut Visor

    Helmut Visor Only dead fish go with the flow
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  10. Simon64ds

    Simon64ds Well-Known Member

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    I can recommend the Avon Spirit ST tyres for the 900cc bikes. Radials back and front they don’t give the horrendous white lining that the stock Pirellis do. Available in the standard sizes too.

    Why on earth Triumph do the whole ‘radial rear/bias ply front’ thing is a mystery to me. They did the same on the early Tiger 800 XR and that took a tyre change to make it steer nicely. Come to think of it, they were Pirellis too.. :confused:
     
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  11. joe mc donald

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    Yes I have used Avon's on every bike I have ever owned. To me they just feel better and transform the bike completely. Also found Avon to be very helpful wit advice and tire choice. And lastly they seem to come a little cheaper and last a thousand miles more. Plus all the Bonnie's had Avon's it was the first thing to do. I am riding my 900 bonnie on the stock tires and starting to think they got to go even though they have only done 2500 miles but they are rubbish.
    Regards
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  12. Rich Bryce

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    Avon Storm will transform the ride for the better. I've had two sets on mine now and recommend them highly.

    Same for any bike using the Phantoms which track every rut and banding on the road.
     
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