Avon Cobra whitewalls: OE fitment for Thunderbird LT

Publish Date: 
Mar 25, 2014
By Bruce Steever

STOW, Ohio - In creating the 2014 Thunderbird LT, Triumph wanted something unique that would come to represent the new Thunderbird model. While the new LT comes with a classic appearance that all but demands the stylistic choice of whitewall tires, Triumph engineers said they were not willing to compromise on using more modern rubber to maintain the bike’s accurate handling and steering feel.

So Triumph partnered with Avon Tyres to develop a unique radial whitewall motorcycle rubber that delivers performance that is far superior to bias-ply tires. The whitewall design adds to the classic styling of the Triumph Thunderbird LT without the many compromises less-advanced tire technology usually entails.

According to Avon, the quiet-running Cobra whitewall incorporates sport tire technology for nimble handling, good stability and long life making it an ideal fit for a classic light-touring cruiser.

“We’ve been working with Triumph to develop the first ever radial whitewall OEM motorcycle tire for quite some time now, so it’s fantastic to see it come to fruition,” stated Doug Ross, head of Global Motorcycle Tire Sales for Avon. 

The Cobras mounted to the Triumph Thunderbird LT are available in 150/80R16 WW front and 180/70R16 WW rear sizes.