Avon Cobra is world’s first OE fit radial whitewall tyre

A radial whitewall version of Avon’s acclaimed Cobra motorcycle tyre has been chosen as the original equipment fitment to the brand new Triumph Thunderbird LT.

In a world first for motorcycle tyres, Avon partnered with fellow British brand Triumph to develop the unique radial whitewall motorcycle rubber, which delivers performance superior to bias-ply tyres. Triumph demanded this performance as class-leading handling was one of their targets for the Thunderbird LT.

Launched at the 71st International Motorcycle Exhibition (EICMA) in Milan on Nov. 5-10, the Thunderbird LT is a classic touring cruiser which will be on sale from Spring 2014, and each one that rolls off the production line will be shod with the eye-catching whitewall Cobras, adding to the classic styling of the bike.

The Cobra is one of Avon’s most established models. Incorporating sports tyre technology, the product is both nimble and able to deal with heavier loads, making it the ideal choice for the power cruiser and touring market.

Doug Ross, Head of Global Motorcycle Tyre Sales for Avon Tyres, commented, “We’ve been working with Triumph to develop the first ever radial whitewall OEM motorcycle tyre for quite some time now, so it’s fantastic to see it come to fruition and we’re very proud to be the first manufacturer to produce such a tyre.

“In terms of our OE agreement with Triumph on the Thunderbird LT, it’s obviously a great opportunity for us; we really appreciate Triumph’s confidence in the product and its capabilities and we’re very much looking forward to seeing the striking Cobra Radial Whitewall tyres rolling out on the Thunderbird LTs.”

The all-new radial whitewall Cobra tyre is available in the following sizes:

Front    150/80R16 WW                                                                                                 Rear     180/70R16 WW