The Year Of The Cobra Tire

Avon Venom-R tires were extremely popular. But the company wanted to improve maneuverability at both high and low speeds, dismissing the common belief that wide tires are unable to corner proficiently. With a rapidly evolving performance cruiser market, and heavier motorcycles, Avon looked for a new tire with handling, durability and aesthetics at the top of their list. Avon describes the new Cobra models as “silently defeating all roads that stand in its path.  And if you want to understand a little bit more about tires, follow a few terms that you should know. First, Avon improved the WCTA or Wide Custom Tread Arc, or profile, adapting the one used on race bred bike tires. Then, they worked on the VBD or Advanced variable Density Belt to improve handling when using the widest tire sizes. Construction technology utilizes a jointless belt of ultra-strong material. Above the carcass, these strands are wound closely together at the tire’s center for increased stability and wear resistance. Towards the tire’s edges the fibers are then progressively spaced out to allow the tire to take on a multi-compound effect as the motorcycle leans.
Tread Pattern: Finally, the Cobra features an aggressive tread pattern featuring FFG – Force Following Grooves – to follow the exact direction of forces that are transferred through the tire. Complex? You bet. But your safety and handling of your bike requires such scientific research and development. I will add that from a custom builder point of view the tire is beautiful to look at.  The Cobra Is offered in a wide range of sizes, incorporating fitments for Harley Davidson’s V-Rod, Triumph’s Rocket III, Honda’s Goldwing and Valkyrie plus some sizes for custom bike applications. (Discontinued Venom tires are AM41 and RAM1 Front, RAM41 Universal, RAM42 Rear)  Avon Motorcycle.


4 Responses to “The Year Of The Cobra Tire”

  1. 1 Doc Robinson Feb 22nd, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Let’s hope they handle better in the wet than the Venoms which left a whole lot to be desired.

  2. 2 Dave B. Feb 23rd, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    I wonder if the tire arc will be different to the point that bikes built with extremely close mounted rear fenders will be able to run the new tires without clearance issuses.

  3. 3 Butch Kromrey Feb 25th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I hope they are as good or a lot better,never had a problem with the Venom ,even at the drag strip. They hooked very hard for me, had to hang on or be shit out the back..

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