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Avon Cobra motorcycle tyres recalled

Avon Cobra 50R16 Motorcycle Tyres
Cobra tyres
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Owners should contact the dealer where they bought the tyres to arrange a free inspection and replacement of affected tyres.

Recall rush

This is the fifth motorcycle-related product recall in the past 10 days.

The others involved Triumph Speed Triple S and R models, O’Neal helmets, Ducati Hypermotards and Harley trikes.

So far this year, there have been 26 motorcycle recalls plus four motorcycle product recalls: Harley saddlebags, a Honda Monkey bike rack, the helmet and these tyres.

That compares with last year’s 37 motorcycle recalls, the second highest number of recalls in the previous 10 years: 28 in 2017, 39 in 2016, 30 in 2015, 28 in 2014, 20 in 2013, 24 in 2012, 16 in 2011, 14 in 2010 and 23 in 2009.

The most recalls this year was six for Yamaha; followed by 4 for BMW, Ducati and Triumph; Harley, Honda, Suzuki and Triumph on three (if you count the aftermarket accessories for Harley and Honda); and one each for Avon tyres, Kawasaki, Indian, Piaggio, KTM and O’Neal helmets.

That compares with the previous year where Ducati had 6;  Indian, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, KTM and Triumph 3; BMW, Harley, Husqvarna and Moto Guzzi 2, Aprilia and MV Augusta one each. There were no other product recalls.


Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

Therefore, Motorbike Writer publishes all motorcycle and scooter recalls as a service to all riders.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

To check whether your motorcycle has been recalled, click on these sites:

• Australia


• New Zealand

• Canada

  1. Yet another Avon recall! I’m not one to kick a company and an employer in the goolies, but really, this is unacceptable. I’ve had Avon Azaro and Avon Roadrider in the past, and in both cases I was dissatisfied with 1) their performance; 2) manufacturing quality. The Roadrider spontaneously suffered a split right down the middle of the rear tyre for no apparent reason. This happened despite being at the correct pressure all the time, and there was no incision or puncture. I had just bought the tyre, and the rubber was brand new! The crack was deep. I wrote to the online seller, and they said, return the tyre, they would send it to Avon, who wanted to inspect it, and then return my money. This was a lot of hassle, taking a tyre on and off. However, this isn’t the first time Avon has had quality issues. In the UK, it’s generally considered a budget tyre company, and in the UK bikers are, generally, a bit lenient towards British companies, but the number of recalls and quality issues you can read about online really makes you wonder whether even Chinese tyres would be a better choice.

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