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Well, I got it at a fantastic price. Looking for something that will last more than 5k miles. Not many options for this tire size.

Like anything, the first time is slow. Got my technique down, so the next time won't take so long.

Out for a scrub in (I always wash the tread down with a soapy abrasive pad anyway). Left at 4 way she kicks out pretty good on me, so I proceed with caution for a while. After 80 mi I have pushed the tire pretty hard driving out of corners and everything seems fine. Runs strait and true.

Back at the 4 way I spy some oil splattered around. So, I did an oil test and didn't know it.

Also did a gravel run. Doesn't grab gravel as well as the OEM Pirelli, but plenty good for what I do.

So, we'll see how long it lasts....

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Do you still have the MT60RS on the front wheel ?

If so, I would advise you to also change it for the same tyre than the rear one. It's not good to have a rear tyre with more grip than the front one and it seems to me that your near rear tyre surely has more grip than the MT60RS.
The front tire is in the garage.

My personal objective is to never approach the limit of any tire that's on it! I'm too old for that kind of thing.
 

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Forgot to mention...disappointed to see the Chinese wheel bearings...they didn't feel all that great so I slipped off the dust seal...the grease looked like petroleum jelly. Pressed a little real grease in there and they freed up quite a bit. The bearing in the sprocket carrier seemed fine.
 

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Forgot to mention...disappointed to see the Chinese wheel bearings...they didn't feel all that great so I slipped off the dust seal...the grease looked like petroleum jelly. Pressed a little real grease in there and they freed up quite a bit. The bearing in the sprocket carrier seemed fine.
Take care when adding grease in a bearing : each bearing requires a very accurate quantity of grease. If you put too much grease, the bearing may be destroyed by heat.
 

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The AV80 is a full sport tire; soft compound. It is really meant for the knee draggers. The pic is a little over 3K mi. It will be shot at 5K. Have an AV55 on the front. The pair hustled through some great TN/NC roads: no probs even on wet, leaf strewn hairpins. Already have an AV56 to replace . Got a great ebay price.

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Take care when adding grease in a bearing : each bearing requires a very accurate quantity of grease. If you put too much grease, the bearing may be destroyed by heat.
Or the excess grease will melt and run out all over the brake disc!
 

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This winter it seemed like every day I thought about changing the tire the weather was good enough to ride. It got so bad the AV80 was beginning to look like a racing slick. Today, it had to be done and, it being 68 deg, got in some "test" riding too.

The AV55/56 pair work really well on pavement and good on gravel.

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What I have are Storm ST 2 Ultras. (The old AV80 is/was a 3D Ultra)

Looking at the Avon North America site, they're not offered, seemingly replaced by the Storm 3D-XM.
Looking at the Avon UK site, Storm 2 Ultras are listed, but, only 17"

The Storm ST 2 Ultras are readily available in the US...but they may be all gone the next time I need tires.

Confusing.

BTW, on the US site a new tire "TrekRider" is shown. A good looking tire but probably won't have an 18" for the front...
Avon Motorcycle Tyres North America » Blog Archive » Avon Tyres Introduces Trekrider Tire Line
 

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Just a guess. I "think" AV55/56 were replaced by Storm 3D X-M.

I love the tires but Avon's marketing dept confuses me,

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Perhaps. I have a Storm 3D XM on the rear and it has a completely different pattern from the AV56. I will be fitting a matching front later this year.
 

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Honking through some great roads in Arkansas .... heavy vibration. 50 slow motion miles to a bike shop. Rear tire belt separation, big ol knot that is worn to the cord. About 5k miles. Paid dearly for a Michelin Road 2 which works really nice. The Avon front has about 10k miles and still works great.
 

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Just put the matching Road 2 on the front. The Avon front was right at the wear bars. It worked perfectly start to finish, but, I promised myself a long time ago to not ride on bald tires.

Now heading to the Smokies!
 
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