The sun shone today, OK only for 10 minutes. I can't ride for a few weeks had an emergency hernia op, three weeks no driving car, no heavy lifting 6 weeks, think I'll give the bike riding a miss for 6 weeks to be on the safe side, that's if I can go that long. lol.On my 2014 MT09 I fitted Road 5s.
It previously had Bridgestone S21evo front and rear.
I did a 1200mile European trip on the Road 5s, I honestly can't say the bike really felt any different to before, but what was noticable was the lack of tyre wear after the trip, they still looked like a new pair of tyres.
I've now sold that bike for a new one which I've not even ridden yet so I'm back on stock tyres.
Bike won't come out now until the sun shows its face
I have these on my Fazer and when it comes time to change the stock Dunlops on my Tracer they will be my first choice.Personally I usually have Michelin PR4 as my 'go to' tyre,
Yeah the PR4's are great all round tyres and I've used them on all bikes for years (well the PR3's too previously too), but as I say, the Avon's have convinced me to move away from the PR4's as they suit the Tracer better and I think handle better too. Each to their own though.
As far as I know, HWM tyres are designed for use on (quite literally) heavy bikes, when the stresses on the sidewalls are higher - e.g. big cruisers that will be carrying a pillion and a ton of luggage long distance.
For nimble bikes like the MT's, this doesn't really apply unless you intend to add full luggage, a pillion and addtional fuel tanks to go adventure touring.
I've got standards on mine and rode to the TT last year from the South of England, complete with full panniers, topbax, and tent/bed for camping on the pillion seat etc with no trouble at all.