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Dunlop D407 verses Avon Cobra AV72 (Part-1)

We just replaced the original rear H-D Dunlop D407 tyre on K-Bear’s Softail, with an Avon Cobra AV72 200/55R17. It will be interesting to see if the Avon tyre's rumored performance benefits will outweigh the Dunlop's longevity.

The pictured Dunlop D407 was fitted in on 09/06/2010 at 18,081 kilometers, it was removed on 17/10/2011 at 37,739 kilometers, having traveled a total of 19658km which is pretty good going by anyone's measure.

K-Bear attributes the good mileage to regularly checking her tyre pressures and steady acceleration.

Dunlop D407 Features
The new D407 tire is made for 2009 FL touring models, and the rear tires feature Dunlop’s advanced MT Multi-Tread technology.

MT Multi-Tread rear tire incorporates a tough tread compound in the center that runs cooler to provide stability, excellent traction under braking and long life, and to each side is a section of lateral-grip compound that enhances traction at higher lean angles for great grip while cornering.

Reinforced multi-layer tire carcass gives the tire maximum strength for long life and provides great handling at all speeds and lean angles.

Bold, angled lateral grooves in the tread pattern evacuate water from the contact patch on wet roads.

Developed and tested jointly by Dunlop and Harley-Davidson engineers in the lab and on the road.
Available from OEM dealers only.

Avon Cobra Features
Aimed at the power cruiser/custom/touring market
Incorporates sports tyre technology for nimble handling
Special construction to deal with heavy loads
Incredible stability and longevity - perfect for touring
Unique 'snakeskin-effect' sidewall and aggressive tread pattern
Extra wide sizes for custom bikes
Unique pattern for Honda Goldwing fitment
Available 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

October 18, 2011

Ride-On Tire Protection System