‘Good in the wet’

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Avon Spirit ST tyres £212 (pair 120/70/17 and 180/55/17)

Tester Michael Neeves

Time tested: 200 miles on road and track

What’s good Avon’s new range-top­ping sports tour­ing tyre, the Spirit ST is an evo­lu­tion of the cur­rent Storm 3D X-M, which stay in the Bri­tish firm’s line-up as a bud­get op­tion. The new rub­ber comes in a va­ri­ety of sizes to suit ev­ery­thing from mid­dleweight nakeds, through to ret­ros, sports tour­ers, su­per­bikes and ad­ven­ture bikes.

I tried the new Avons on the road on a Yamaha XSR900 and Kawasaki Z1000SX. I also tried them on a Suzuki Ban­dit 650, fit­ted with out­rig­gers on a wet test strip, brak­ing to a stop from 35mph in sec­ond gear. On the road the Avons were quick to warm up and were re­as­sur­ing from the off. They’re light steer­ing and take lit­tle ef­fort to get the bike quickly from up­right to full lean and back again. There’s lit­tle drama on the wet test strip, ei­ther. The Spirit STS brought the Suzuki to a halt with very lit­tle in­ter­ven­tion from the ABS, demon­strat­ing a high level of grip.

The new Avon Spirit ST is com­pe­tent on all types of bike when rid­ing on the road and suits smaller, less pow­er­ful ma­chines when pushed hard on the road and track.

What’s not They’re not re­ally a track tyre. At Por­ti­mao cir­cuit in Por­tu­gal, I found it was quite easy to un­stick the rear when the Spirit STS were fit­ted to heav­ier more pow­er­ful bikes like Kawasaki’s Z1000SX. The front locked un­der su­per-extreme brak­ing too – the tyres don’t seem to like the ex­tra weight of a bike like this. Th­ese aren’t the tyres for very fast track rid­ing on a 1000cc bike.

Con­tact avon-tyres.co.uk

New Avon looks to be a de­cent sports tour­ing tyre

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