UK tyre choice

Hairy Potter

Finally made it
Location
Scotland
Been looking at more off road type tyres and looks like the Tusk 2 Track (2 track test) are getting great reviews for a real budget cost, has anyone found if we can get them to UK? Can't see them anywhere but maybe just being a bit blind.
Any other budget 50/50 or 20/80 tyres recommended?
Cheers.
 

kreygmu

Well travelled
Location
Scotland
Assuming you're looking for a 411 Himalayan or Scram - Pirelli MT21, Anlas Capra X and Kenda K784 Big Blocks can all be had for under £200 for a set. MT21s are currently the cheapest of the bunch. Might be a slightly different market if you're looking at a different bike.
 

Roy Gavin

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Tyre life comes into the cost as much as initial price.
Good dual compound 80/20s like Anekee Aventures might cost a bit more initially but will probably last somewhere between 50 &100% longer than cheapies, keep a reasonable profile right out to the end, and ends up cheaper in the long run than budget priced tires.
And you have the pleasure of riding on the best, which for me would be worth the cost even if mileage was the same.
US prices can be misleading as they do not include fitting, balancing or disposal of the old tires, and dealers seem to want $50- a tire up to fit them.
And the guy was right, the new super HD tires like these are a pig to fit without the correct HD equipment.
But they look a great desert and sand tyre, just the thing for Scotland!
Chapmoto have a good comparison test of ADV tires, probably less of an advertising special than that review and "comments!"
 

fatal

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Location
Lancashire UK
Avon Trail Riders worked well for me on a BMW R100GS and a Yamaha XTZ1200 Super Tenere. Both bikes were used mainly on road in all weathers, and for some easy green lanes. Decent wear out of them as well.
 

Hairy Potter

Finally made it
Location
Scotland
Has anyone tried Avon Trek Riders? The previous owner of my bike had to take the engine crash bars back off his bike as they were scrapping on cornering with Avon Trail Riders, as they got so much grip.
Dont't suppose the Trek will be superb on mud or grass though.
 

Roy Gavin

Well travelled
Maybe someone in the , er, Far East, will buy the name, and we might be able to enjoy new MG cars with Avon tires on them!
Plant and equipment won't be worth much, last thing I read most of it looked like it was installed when the factory opened 118 years ago!
 

Bluestrom13

Well travelled
Location
- GB -
^^^ That link is from Jan '24. (y)

A further search found this....
Quote from -

"Avon Tyres entered the Goodyear fold in 2021 [that's news to me] and was integrated into the wider group of brands over the following year.
Its new owner considers Avon “one of the motorcycle industry’s longest-established tyre brands”
and now plans a “fresh focus” for the British marque with a “reinvigorated approach.
"

That means yet more manufacturing abroad - :( - :censored:
 

fatal

Well travelled
Location
Lancashire UK
Maybe someone in the , er, Far East, will buy the name, and we might be able to enjoy new MG cars with Avon tires on them!
Plant and equipment won't be worth much, last thing I read most of it looked like it was installed when the factory opened 118 years ago!
I've had Avon car tyres that were made in China, I wouldn't be surprised if the motorcycle tyres end up there as well. Just about nothing is made in the UK these days, once the workshop of the world and responsible for over 50% of the worlds inventions and now leading the western world in a race to the bottom.:mad:
 

kreygmu

Well travelled
Location
Scotland
Looks like Avon is now part of the Goodyear stable of tyres alongside Dunlop, presumably just not made in the old UK factory now.
https://news.goodyear.eu/avon-tyres-motorcycle-brand-accelerates-into-the-future-as-part-of-goodyear-family/
The Trekriders aren't available directly in Himalayan sizes and aren't usually top of peoples' lists for 50/50 tyres. If you can find a pair for a good price I'd say give them a bash, the only "negative" feedback I've heard on them is that they aren't as capable in sand etc than some other 50/50 offerings.
 

Overdrive

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Staff member
Location
Southern UK
I’ve got Heidenau K60 scouts on mine, (140 rear) and haven’t had any issues-currently on about 4k miles and I reckon the rear is good for another 2 or 3, the front is virtually unworn. (Lots of loaded with gear road miles)
The ‘scout’ part is important as there’s a different non scout ‘k60’ available.
 
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