How they performed...
Avon Spirit ST £212.17
Sizes available: Front: 100/90 x 18, 110/70 x 17, 110/80 x 19, 110/80 x 18, 120/60 x 17, 120/70 x 17, 120/70 x 18, 1290/70 x 19. Rear: 150/70 x 17, 150/80 x 16, 160/60 x 18, 160/70 x 17, 170/60 x 17, 180/55 x 17, 190/50 x 17, 190/55 x 17, 200/50 x 17, 200/55 x 17 Weight: 5.5kg front, 8kg rear
Avon say “An evolution of the Storm 3D X-M, the Spirit is our latest ultrahigh performance hypersport touring tyre. Highly loaded silica compound combined with state-of-the-art polymer technology for wet and dry traction and handling. Interlocking three dimensional points hidden in the sipes improve stability and grip, limit tread flex and allow the tyre to warm up quickly. Multi-compound rear tyres for all-round tyre performance.”
TEST RESULTS Comfort 5/5
Excellent. These enhance the performance of the Tracer’s suspension so it rides over the smaller and high-frequency bumps much better than it does with its standard tyres. The ride is really plush.
Front- end feel/agility 4.5/5
These are another set of tyres that feel really sporty – they liven up the steering but do so without adding too much aggression, so there’s still a nice rate of turn at corner entry. Braking feel is good too, far exceeding the bike’s braking performance as defined by its overly cautious ABS. They perform more like sports rubber than a sports-touring tyre.
Rear- end feel 4/5
It had actually started to drizzle a little bit, but these tyres allowed me to carry on as if it was bone dry. On the Tracer, I could lean hard on the throttle at corner exits in complete confidence, meaning that they’ve got more than enough grip and connectivity for sporty road riding.
Ultra-stable, as good as the best we’ve tested so far. Regardless of whether it is flicking through high-speed changes of direction, or completely flat out in a straight line, these tyres vastly improve the standard bike’s feel in this area. They’re rock solid mid-corner too. Impressive considering that they’re also quite sprightly in terms of steering and agility.
They’re impressive from new, requiring minimal scrubbing in and warm up quickly. But the tread showed significant wear after only minimal hard use – long-term testing will show how they last.