The AM26 is the tire I will keep buying. I have put 100k miles on a BMW R80 over the past 30 years. That’s a lot of tires. I generally use 2 rears to 1 front, and the AM26 looks to be the same. AM26’s track and hold – wet or dry – as well as any of the stickiest tires I’ve run, and I’ve run a lot, in the search for THE tire. I have over 6k on the current AM26 rear. I think it will go about 6,700 before it’s done. For comparison, my average rear tire mileage in this price range is about 4.5-5k. A Shinko 230 ( a fine tire), at half the price, will go 3-3.5k, but it will square off badly, in the process. The AM26 hasn’t done that, it’s worn in the center, but holds a curved profile – and, has gone twice the distance. Once a tire brand and model satisfies your surface traction requirements, it all comes down to price and the tire changing frequency you’re willing to endure. The Avon AM26 is, to date, the optimal tire for my needs – a good balance of traction with longevity.
I put the tire on and went to Sturgis and back, 4100 miles and the tire is at least half worn. I did ride hard and had a 80 pound load in the bags and on the rear seat. The tire does slip on the tar snakes, not as bad as the factory Dunlap 3 or some other tires. There is a new Dunlap 4 that I will try because it is a factory replacement ,but I will buy this tire again in the future. Price and handling is a good deal.
Been running this tire for years on my chopper. From highway to deals gap it's taken me everywhere and from 100+ degrees to 28 degrees, rain to snow (small snow fall not actually sticking to the road) it's always gotten me to my destination and home.
This tire seems to be really good on my Road King .I like the feel in the corners and did not notice any change on wet roads . ( heavy rain ) . Not enough miles to judge tread life but so far would use again .