Cooper-Avon has launched a new range of motorcycle tires to replace its Azaro II radials.
Available from November 2002, the range builds upon the success of Azaro II and offers a wider choice of sizes and improved technology to meet the demands of sport touring, sport and supersport machines.
Avon's unique VBD spiral wind system, used so successfully in Azaro I and Azaro II, has been fine-tuned to give Advanced Variable Belt Density (A-VBD). The A-VBD system produces a rear tire using a joint-less belt of ultra-strong Aramid fibres to give the optimum stress load at all lean angles. The centre tread section has closely wound Aramid fibres for maximum stability and long life whilst the shoulder section has slightly wider spaced wound-on Aramid fibres giving a bigger footprint at high lean angles.
All rear tires benefit from SBC (Spiral Belted Carcass) technology, with ultra strong belts to accommodate the added stresses transmitted through the carcass by higher levels of grip. EAF (Enhanced Aqua Flow) computer designed tread patterns maximize the throughput of water within the tire footprint for improved confidence in the wet. Both front and rear tires boast TA (Tri-Arc) tread profiles, that vary across the tire to provide a balance of handling and stability at all lean angles.
This advanced technology has also been built into the Azaro AV49/50-SP and Pro Series tires for sport and supersport applications. Azaro AV49/50-SP includes nine sizes and features an aggressive pattern developed on the track. Silica compounds and an arched profile combine to deliver a blend of sharp handling and maximum grip for fast road riding without compromising comfort, stability and wet-weather confidence.
Sharing the same pattern as its AV49/50-SP stable mate, the AV49/50 - Pro Series is available in a range of sizes to suit today's supersport machines. Recognisable by discreet Pro Series markings on the sidewall, its softer tread compounds and additional belts offer the ultimate in user-friendly, super-sticky, D.O.T approved tires.
Leo Smith, Avon's Motorcycle Product Manager said, "This new generation of Azaro tires has been extensively tested and developed, both on the road and on the track, by test riders of the highest calibre. The result is a family of tires offering a solution for every rider's needs, from high-mileage sport-touring to exploring performance limits on a closed circuit". He continued, "Avon has a long pedigree of technological innovation and we continue to pass this advantage onto our customers ".