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Avon AM26 Roadrider Motorcycle Tire

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Product Details

This bias-ply Avon tire is perfect for commuter and traditional motorcycles. It has a large contact patch for excellent grip at all lean angles and an interrupted center groove to resist tracking. V Speed rated (149mph / 240kmh) across the entire range.


   Features
  • Road Hazard Warranty included
  • Ideal for mid-range bikes
  • Large contact patch for excellent grip at all lean angles
  • 149mph/240kmh speed rating across the range
  • Central tread grooves to resist ‘white-lining’
  • Comprehensive range of sizes – from modern to more traditional
  • Performance upgrade for classic and vintage motorcycles




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Specifications and Options

Brand Avon
Front / Rear Rear
Tire Size 130/80-17
Bias / Radial Bias Ply
Rim Size 17
Tube / Tubeless Tubeless
Load Index 65
Speed Rating V

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Why did you choose this?
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I have been running these on a Kawasaki C10 for a couple years and have had excellent results. Last year I put over 22,000 miles on the bike with Roadriders, from California to Alaska, and coast to coast, riding on just about every type of road surface, wet and dry, and the Roadriders always were confidence-inspiring. The rears averaged 7500-8500 miles, and I got over 14,000 on my last front tire.
Alan N on Oct 9, 2020
Matches the front tire. Wanted a Bridgestone but couldn't find it for an old BMW R50 1972.
ron m on Aug 12, 2020
I have been running these on a Kawasaki C10 for a couple years and have had excellent results. Last year I put over 22,000 miles on the bike with Roadriders, from California to Alaska, and coast to coast, riding on just about every type of road surface, wet and dry, and the Roadriders always were confidence-inspiring. The rears averaged 7500-8500 miles, and I got over 14,000 on my last front tire.
Alan N on Oct 9, 2020
highly recommended for yamaha rd400
mark d on Sep 7, 2020
Matches the front tire. Wanted a Bridgestone but couldn't find it for an old BMW R50 1972.
ron m on Aug 12, 2020
good reviews and need a front tire
Seth B on Jun 21, 2020
I wanted a bias ply tire similar to the standard equipment. The reviews of the Roadrider tire convinced me.
Barry B on Jun 14, 2020
Looking for a good tire and all the reviews looked good.
Karl R on Jun 12, 2020
durability and great pricing
james l on Jun 3, 2020
price
Julie P on May 28, 2020
Of the bias ply tires available I find this to be the best handling for my bike. It would be good if they lasted longer but I'll keep buying them.
John W on May 26, 2020
Only got positive feedback about this tires.
Jens R on Apr 30, 2020
Had the size and tread pattern I was looking for
Ryan W on Apr 27, 2020
Fits my vintage bike
Johnny H on Apr 22, 2020
Bought them before
Glen R on Apr 19, 2020
it fits classic bikes
Ed S on Apr 14, 2020
Highly rated for my vintage bike
Mark S on Apr 11, 2020
I've had great success with the AM26 on various bikes
ETB on Apr 9, 2020
I've used this type of tire before and was satisfied. Got some on both ends. Need a new one.
John B on Apr 5, 2020
wow, thanks for supporting vintage brit whips with the exact correct size in old school numbering scheme. Expectations exceeded!
Jacob R on Apr 2, 2020
ive had avon tires before and they have my tire size
jim f on Mar 29, 2020
First try for Avons. Giving them a shot based on reviews.
Walter L on Mar 16, 2020
price is good and recommended by mechanic
Jerome D on Mar 15, 2020
Original brand to my 01 Scout.
Derek B on Mar 14, 2020
Good performance tire in vintage sizes.
David W on Mar 12, 2020
Recommended by several vintge RD400 riders
Mick C on Mar 11, 2020
I have used these tires before. Good handling and wear.
Joel B on Mar 7, 2020
I've gotten good wear and handling from Avon tires in the past on my vintage BMW motorcycle.
Jan C on Feb 29, 2020
it was on sale and a good tire ,
Charles F on Dec 20, 2019
I have used these on several of my vintage Z1900 Kawasaki's. Good tires
W P on Dec 18, 2019
Not made in China. I've had Avons before & liked them
Laurence C on Dec 11, 2019
Only source that carries the size -- that I could find.
Tom D on Dec 2, 2019
Needed a matched size front and rear tire for my cafe Sportster build. There aren't many options, but this one was recommended. Your price beat the other site I was considering buying from.
Joshua P on Dec 2, 2019
Recommended by a friend for my Norton Commando
Anthony B on Nov 14, 2019
No real reason. Have used Avon in the past so this tire seems to fit the bill on my occasionally street ridden RZ350.
Price C on Nov 13, 2019
1977 Yamaha XS650D, front tire. Good British tire for a Triumph-style motorcycle design.
Greg S on Nov 9, 2019
Best handling tire available for my 81 gl1100
Mike B on Sep 23, 2019
Classic Road Bike Sizes
Wayne T on Sep 16, 2019
It is a replacement for another Roadrider tire, the third rear for one front tire, which has over 20,000 miles on it. I wish the rear mileage was higher, averaging about 8,000 miles per tire on my C-10. A great handling tire under all weather conditions.
Alan N on Sep 15, 2019
They fit my vintage motorcycle
Steven S on Sep 14, 2019
I have a 79 Suzuki GS850. My rear tire choices are fairly limited on size. I want to measure the tire well when I change this to see if i can get a 130 mm width tire. For now I stick with 120/90x17
steven m on Sep 13, 2019
price and reviews is how I chose these tires
Dave P on Sep 11, 2019
Replacement for current AM26 Roadrider tire on my Kawasaki C10, which has 20,000 miles on it and considerable tread left. On my third Roadrider rear for this one front. Got 8500 miles on first rear, and 7500 miles on second.
Alan N on Sep 11, 2019
Recommended for vintage BMW by trusted veteran riders.
Thomas A on Sep 1, 2019
I got great mileage out of the last set (20,000 miles front, 13,000 miles rear) on my 1985 BMW K100RT
David B on Aug 28, 2019
One of my favorite tires of all time!
Steven L on Aug 12, 2019
I have them on the bike and they worked fine.
david d on Aug 12, 2019
It is a quality tire with excellent grip/pattern and gives me more miles than the previous Metzler.
Tommy P on Aug 10, 2019
I have a sidecar on my Buell Blast and this tire has seemed to last the longest
Charles B on Aug 9, 2019
I have sold my customers avon tires for years and have had nothing but excellent comments for the handling and longevity of the compound that they are made of.
D S on Aug 7, 2019
Recomened by friend
David B J on Aug 6, 2019
Excellent tires for my 1978 KZ650B
Ronnie Red on Jul 27, 2019
highly recommended for yamaha rd400
mark d on Sep 7, 2020
good reviews and need a front tire
Seth B on Jun 21, 2020
These tires will be installed on a 1977 Yamaha xs 400. The wheels that are being used are spokes. What would be the recommended tube to run with these tires?
Keith on Sep 29, 2012
What size equal to 130-90-16?
RUSSELL S on May 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello Russell, thanks for the question! size MT90-16 is the same as 130/90-16. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at [email protected], Live Chat or by phone toll-free at 1-888-339-3888. We are always more than happy to help.
I have a 1988 Kawasaki Ninja 750 and I am looking for a good tire that will last a while with good performance and cornering. These tires seem like a good fit but I want to be sure I am buying the right tires for my bike. Although I am more of a casual rider, I would still like a tire that can keep up with the potential speed and agility of a Kawasaki. Would these tires be the way to go? Thanks!
kielbasa on May 14, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for your question! Yes these tires are an excellent choice for your application.
Would these be a good fit for my 1979 Honda CBX, stiction and ware?
A shopper on Jun 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It's more of a touring tire than a sport. It has fair wear, but it's a hard compound. I wouldn't push the front too hard in the twisties. I mounted mine on a Moto Guzzi EV.T. It's a "sport touring" bike with a standard seating position and tubeless spokes. They work good for me.
Tube for mt-90-16 tire?
Jason D on Aug 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! You can run a 130/90-16 tube with an mt90-16 tire. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at [email protected], Live Chat or by phone toll-free at 1-888-339-3888. We are always more than happy to help.
My Kawasaki vulcan runs tubes. Can I run tubes inside these tires?
A shopper on Dec 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! Yes, you can run a tube with this tire. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at [email protected], Live Chat or by phone toll free at 1-888-339-3888. We are always more than happy to help.
about how many miles will this tire go?
GORDON L on Nov 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Wow. I’m glad you didn’t ask what kind of oil to use. Seriously, tire mileage varies from bike to bike, from person to person and from location to location. Depends on how heavy are you, how heavy is the bike. Depends on how how you ride, fast or slow, highway or curved roads, aggressive lean angles or like your spouse is riding pillion. Beautiful smooth asphalt or rough chip seal. I get about 5 - 6,000 miles but unless you ride behind me that doesn’t really matter.
origanl tire is a 3.5 inch -18 which equates to a 90/90-18 but you have it listed as taking a 110/80-18 this is ti be used on a 2002 Triumph America. Can you clarify the size differance?
David D on Jun 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: David, thank you for the question. A 90/90-18 tire would have a sidewall height of 90 mm x 90 percent = 81 mm, about 8 mm (1/3 inch) less than the 3.50-18 tire. A 110/90-18 tire would have an approximate width of 4.3 inches (110 mm / 25.4 mm/inch) and a sidewall height of 3.9 inches, so it would be both wider and taller than the 3.50-18 tire. I was searching online for the "factory size" conversion and it calls for 110/80-18. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at [email protected], Live Chat or by phone toll-free at 1-888-339-3888. We are always more than happy to help.
Need rear tire 150/80-15?
A shopper on Dec 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for the question! Unfortunately, this tire is not availablr in that size but i have attached a link to the tires that have size 150/80-15. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at [email protected], Live Chat or by phone toll-free at 1-888-339-3888. We are always more than happy to help.

https://www.bikebandit.com/tires-tubes/150-80-15-15-inch-rim-motorcycle-tires/t11h9941
Is there different tire construction between "front" and "rear" tires?I have a 1976 Honda CB200T that takes the same tire size front and rear.
A shopper on Feb 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! The construction between a front and rear tire is very different, we advice not to use a front on the rear or a rear on the front. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at [email protected], Live Chat or by phone toll-free at 1-888-339-3888. We are always more than happy to help.
I know this tire is tubeless, but what size of tube is recommended if used in tubed application?...tire is 120/80 v 16
A shopper on Jan 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. You can use a tube tire size 3.00-16 or 3.50-16. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at [email protected], Live Chat or by phone toll free at 1-888-339-3888. We are always more than happy to help.
I would like to use this on a Norton Atlas. Can I use a tube with it?
A shopper on Mar 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for the question! These are listed as a tubeless tire, but you are able to still use a tube with them.
Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at [email protected], Live Chat or by phone toll-free at 1-888-339-3888. We are always more than happy to help.
My present tire is an Avon 150/70 V18 70V for a H/D 02 Wide Glide. How wide can I go ?
David A on Mar 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for the question! For safety and performance reasons, we cannot offer any size other than what came stock on your machine. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at [email protected], Live Chat or by phone toll-free at 888-339-3888. We are more than happy to help.
What is the load rating of the 120/70 17?
Douglas B on Jun 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello Douglas, thanks for the question! The Avon AM26 tire size 120/70-17 has a load rating of 58 or 520lbs. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at [email protected], Live Chat or by phone toll-free at 1-888-339-3888. We are always more than happy to help.
Site says road rider fits 04 XL 883.But it doesn’t show the size in tire chart. What size will work on stock rear?
A shopper on May 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for the question! Your 2004 Harley-Davidson XL 883 Sportster has a rear tire size of 450/80-16.
Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at [email protected], Live Chat or by phone toll-free at 1-888-339-3888. We are always more than happy to help.
Why does the 120/80-17 have arrows going in different directions? Isn't the tread pattern important to water dispersal?
Steve J on Oct 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! You are correct, the tread pattern is important for water dispersal. There are some tires where you'd think the direction of the tread should go with the arrow on the sidewall but the way the tire was designed the arrow maybe facing the opposite of how the tire has been molded, tire may look backward but is correct. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at [email protected], Live Chat or by phone toll free at 1-888-339-3888. We are always more than happy to help.
Is the MT90-16 the same size as a 130 90 16?
Dan C on Mar 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! You are correct, a MT90-16 is about the same size as a 130/90-16. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at [email protected], Live Chat or by phone toll free at 1-888-339-3888. We are always more than happy to help.
I have a 89' goldwing, I see you have a front tire but not a back tire. do you plan to have one in the future? front is 130/70/18 and back is 160/80/16
Mark on Mar 13, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for your question! To our knowledge Avon is not making the rear size you are looking for. If you would like help choosing another tire please give us a call 1-888-339-3888.
This tire size 130/70/18 for the front wheel of my bike but the write up says its a rear tire. Will this tire work/fit the front wheel?
shorty on Nov 3, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Its not recommended to run a rear tire as a front application. The shape of the tire can adversly affect the handling and traction of the motorcycle. Below is a link to the Avon Cobra AV71/AV2 Tires which are avialable in the sizes needed for your bike:
http://www.bikebandit.com/avon-av72-cobra-motorcycle-tire
I have a 1977 Yamaha xs 400. The factory tire sizes are 90/90 18 and 110/90 18. I need to know the overall tire width for the Avon am 26 roadriders in 120/90 18 and 100/90 18 to make sure these tires will fit my swing arm and front forks. Thank you in advance for your help.
Keith on Oct 4, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The first number of the tire size specifies the width. 120/90-18 is 120 millimeters wide. The 100/90-18 is 100 millimeters wide. Now to find the convert the metric size to inches you divide the size by 25.4. ( example 120 divided by 25.4 equals 4.72 inches.) Almost 4 3/4". Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at [email protected], Live Chat or by phone toll free at 888-339-3888. We are more than happy to help.
I only need the rear tire; 150 / 80 / 16
Hillbilly on Sep 6, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The Avon AM26 Roadrider tire in a 150/80-16 blackwall is part # 1483124. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at [email protected], Live Chat or by phone toll free at 888-339-3888. We are more than happy to help.
1.85x19 Yamaha XS650 alloy front and rear wheels. Can I run the 100/90x19 on the 1.85x19 wheel? (I will be running the 90/90x19 on the front.) Is the rim width to narrow for the 100/90?
Denis, the old guy on Sep 1, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for writing into BikeBandit.com. For legal reasons BikeBandit.com does not offer mechanical/technical advice. We do offer repair manuals that may provide the info you need to help you solve your problem.
My 88 FZ750 stock tire size is 130/80-18. Can I mount a 150/70-18 Avon AM26 on the stock 18 x MT3.00 rim ?
Marc on Aug 1, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for your question! We can only recommend the stock tire size for your model.
Curious what the Avon 3.25 would be comparable height wise to a 100 90 19 Kawasaki W650 is what I am outfitting 130 80 18 is good for rear (am26) trying to put a 100 or 110 70 or 80 /19 up front recommended size is 90/90/19 but 90 is too tall looks bobberish and hits customized fender any suggestions?
Randall on Jun 2, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Good question! A 3.25 would be equal to 100/90, whether changing the size of your tire will work for you is something we cannot make an assement on and is based on clearance space between the width and height of the tire. We recommend consulting with a local technician on sizing before ordering. 100=width 90=aspect ratio or profile (100 to a 110 would be 10mms wider adding 5mms to each side between fork and sidewall of tire).
Will this rear tire replace an Avon Azaro 140/80 VB17 V250 tire that i have on my 1993 Suzuki Katana?
Dave on May 30, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for your question! Yes this tire would be an excellent replacement for your old tire.
I have a 1978 cb750f with the honda com-star wheels.. should i also install some tubes to go along with these avon tubeless tires..? i think i'd feel a little safer with tubes installed..
Russ on Sep 2, 2011
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for your question! Yes these tires will also work with tubes as well.
can i use a tubless tire with wire wheels or can i put a tube in? really like the lazertec.
Mack on May 2, 2011
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for your question! if you wish to use a tubeless tire on a tube type rim you would need to run a tube also due to how the air would leave through the spoke holes.
I am replacing tires on a '79 Honda CB750F Supersport. My question is about the comparison of the 4.00-18 rear and the 110/90-18 rear tire. As a cross reference of the OEM tires on this bike, both of these should fit. My question is, what's the difference between the two and would one be more beneficial than the other? They will be used mainly for long distance highway and around town riding.
KawRider on Dec 28, 2010
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for your question! Our cross reference will list the 110/90-18 as comparable to the 4.00-18. We would suggest this size for the match on a 4.10-18 because the next size up will be larger than the 4.10-18 size.
Avon AM26 Recommendation?

I am looking for a 130/70(or 130/60)-17 rear tire for my Supermoto converted DR350 suzuki. I can't go to a 140, it slows me down too much. The little engine doesn't have the power to spin it.

Would this be a tire worth trying? Is it STICKY?
I need a tire that is primarily performance oriented, or dual-compound with soft shoulders at least.

What can you offer in that size, I can use a front tire also, because there is no torque to bother it. I'm running a 120/70 mich. Pilot Sport (front tire) on the rear now, with no problems, I'd just like a little more rubber under me.

Also, this is a bias ply tire - so would that cause handling issues with a front radial? (Mich. Power Race soft)

Thank you
Sedona on Nov 4, 2009
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for your question! With the Avon Roadrider AM26 Motorcycle Tire that your looking at this one is more of a cruiser tire. The highest performance tire we offer in the 130/70-17 would be the Pirelli Sport Demon Motorcycle Tire located in the link below.

http://www.bikebandit.com/pirelli-sport-demon-motorcycle-tire
can i run tubes in tubless tires

i have a t120 bonniville would like to put modern sport tires on ?
f800st on Aug 20, 2009
BEST ANSWER: We have heard of many customers running tubes in a tubeless type tire and vise versa. To get this information we would recommend checking with the tire manufacturer to make sure it is ok for that exact tire.

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4.7 / 5.0
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Would you recommend
Yes
Two thumbs up! Good grip and and good ride as well!
I like the look of these right out of the wrapper! I put one on the rear of my 2015 Bonneville, to replace the worn metzler. Only used one 1/4 ounce weight to balance, and barely needed It.
July 28, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Would you recommend
Yes
Great response on tires
The Avon tires are tough to get and they got them to me when others couldn't.
July 18, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Would you recommend
Yes
Great tire
very easy to mount. great grip A+
July 7, 2020
Purchased
4 months ago
Would you recommend
Yes
Great value and top quality.
No doubt, when you have little money and want a great quality tire that sticks like glue, this is the one.
May 25, 2020
Purchased
5 months ago
Would you recommend
Yes
Avon AM 26 tires
The Avon tires look great on the bike. Installation was a breeze and so far they are performing well.
May 21, 2020
Purchased
5 months ago
Would you recommend
No
Great tire for a great price
I do not purchase tires for my Ducati because they are cheap or pricey. I buy what works and the Avon Roadrider tires work. They stick well, wear well and that's what I want. I have bought more expensive tires but they wear out as soon as the Roadriders--so more money is not the answer, the company is. And Avon makes superior tires. My only "gripe" is that they do not make a larger rear tire.
May 15, 2020
Purchased
6 months ago
Would you recommend
Yes
Avon AM26 on 2007 Triumph Bonneville
Tires have performed well so far. I am tame rider and stay out of rain so, limited comments on higher performance end. They seemed to have addressed a little of the rear end sway I experienced with old tire in higher wind.
May 3, 2020
Purchased
7 months ago
Would you recommend
Yes
My mechanic is not an idiot!
My mechanic recommended I try Avon. I stayed with Pirelli's Angel GT. Again he recommended Avon, I stayed with Pirelli and went with Sport Demon. Eventually I had to try and bought these Avon AM26's. My first thought was "My mechanic is an idiot! " because he didn't tighten my axle bolts as my bike tipped into corners at the slightest nudge. I stopped and checked my tight bolts. WTF? I think the word "nimble" has gained new meaning. Highway cruising or experimental trail braking these Avon AM26 were consistent and trustworthy ABS on or ABS off for a mid-skill rider. I recommend listening to your mechanic ESPECIALLY after he has seen your wear patterns a few times.
February 3, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Would you recommend
Yes
Pleased Again
I haven't mounted my tires yet, but Bike Bandit arranged super speedy delivery. The tire date codes are fresh. Prices are very competitive. I am a happy customer again, having bought tires several time before.
January 20, 2020
Purchased
9 months ago
Would you recommend
Yes
I would recommend bike bandit to anyone wanting a new set of tires
I like the tires on my freshly restored Kawasaki Z1. I like the fast service from ordering to delivery
January 1, 2020
Purchased
10 months ago
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