September 3 2008.

Avon Tyres has introduced a Honda Goldwing GL1800 specific fitment of its new touring and custom tyre - the Cobra.

In order to replace the popular Venom-R radial tyre, Avon listened to what the cruiser, custom and touring customers demanded; handling, durability and aesthetics were high on the list of priorities.

Avon's development team also wanted to improve manoeuvrability at both high and low speeds, all whilst maintaining the brand's reputation for stability and high mileage.

Complete with a unique snakeskin sidewall design, the new Cobra range successfully achieved its goals on sizes for a wide range of machines before the attention was turned to a specific fitment for Honda's GL1800 Goldwing.

As a unique model itself, development for a Goldwing tyre had to be treated differently, largely due to the different carrying loads the bike can be subjected to.

Extensive testing over thousands of miles took place across Europe and America and the result is a tyre that can more than cope with such stresses whilst delivering sport performance throughout the tyre's life.

In order to achieve the goal, advanced manufacturing techniques first used in Avon's successful sporty Viper range have been adapted and applied to Cobra giving a characteristic once reserved only for agile race-bred bikes, all without disrupting all-important stability.

To improve handling in the wider Cobra sizes, they are manufactured using A-VBD (Advanced-Variable Density Belt). This construction technology utilises a jointless belt of ultra-strong material. Above the carcass, these strands are wound closely together at the tyre's centre for increased stability and wear resistance. Towards the tyre's edges the fibres are then progressively spaced out to allow the tyre to take on a multi-compound effect as the tyre leans.

With a fang mark and coiling indentation appearance, Cobra's snake-like tread pattern looks commanding. But this aggressive pattern is not just for show. Developed by Avon, Force Following Grooves (FFG) follow the exact direction of forces that are transferred through the tyre. These channels in the tyre's surface significantly reduce irregular and advanced wear on bikes that carry heavy loads. Each Cobra rear tyre also features the distinctive snake's head logo on the sidewall.

Ride longer. Ride harder. And know that whatever the road ahead brings, Cobra will help you defeat it.

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