Avon Ultra Xtreme 3 Comparison

February 3, 2015
Adam Waheed
By Adam Waheed
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Carrying a price just north of  500  the Xtreme 3 is the second-most expensive tire in this test aside from Pirellis  600-plus Supercorsa SP.
Specifically  it wasnt as linear feeling from center to lean as we would have liked. It was a similar story in the Grip and Stability categories with it providing adequate but not extraordinary performance.
(Top) Carrying a price just north of $500, the Xtreme 3 is the second-most expensive tire in this test aside from Pirelli’s $600-plus Supercorsa SP. (Bottom) The Xtreme 3 wasn’t as linear feeling from center to lean as we would have liked. It was a similar story in the Grip and Stability categories with it providing adequate but not extraordinary performance.

In the A group, Avon presents its Xtreme 3, which is positioned as Avon’s top-of-the-line sport shoe within the 3D Ultra family. It utilizes a single-compound design like its Supersport (B group) sibling, however, it benefits from a stickier rubber formula.

Carrying a price just north of $500, the Xtreme 3 is the second-most expensive tire in this test aside from Pirelli’s $600-plus Supercorsa SP. It’s more than double the cost of the bargain basement Shinko Apex and $93 more than the competitively-priced Continental. That’s a lot of money for a tire that doesn’t have the clout or brand recognition of Michelin, Bridgestone or Dunlop.

Placed on the scale, the front tire was the only donut to measure under nine pounds. That’s over a half a pound less than the next lightest (Pirelli SP). Contrarily, the rear tire was the second heaviest – weighing nearly two pounds more than the aforementioned Pirelli and more than all but the 16-plus pound Shinko. Nevertheless, when combined, the Xtreme 3 weighed thirdlightest overall.

Handling-wise the Xtreme 3 performed well, but compared to the others its performance was only so-so. Specifically, it wasn’t as linear feeling from center to lean as we would have liked. It was a similar story in the Grip and Stability categories with it providing adequate but not extraordinary performance. The problem in a group this competitive is that satisfactory only gets you so far.

Similar to the B-group Supersport, the Avon performed well in terms of warm-up, again finishing second, this time to Dunlop. Though beginning its run during the hottest part on Day 1, it was only fourth-fastest. The following day at the Streets, it again benefited from running near peak track temperatures, which no doubt helped it post the shortest warm-up time in just under 20 seconds.

Curiously, despite supposed better grip than its lessexpensive 3D Ultra kin, the Xtreme 3 was slower around both tracks. Among the A group it ranked behind all but Michelin on the main course and was the slowest tire around the smaller Streets course.

While we generally enjoyed riding on the Avon, it took added seat time to acclimate to its unique handling manners. It also didn’t elicit the kind of traction we expect from a premium tire in this category. So it’s no surprise that when the dust settled, the Avon slotted into fifth place.

While we generally enjoyed riding on the Avon  it took added seat time to acclimate to its unique handling manners.
While we generally enjoyed riding on the Avon, it took added seat time to acclimate to its unique handling manners.

RIDER NOTES:

It took me a while to get use to its handling. It had a nice triangular profile—but it wasn’t too aggressive and could have been maybe a hair sharper. It was a little sluggish to turn, then wham, it fell right in. Not terrible but it could have been more linear in transitions. It felt more rigid than others and did maintain a nice consistent contact patch. Grip was decent, for sure, but it did spin on the center quite a bit. Side grip was okay but it didn’t have that pleasing gummy footprint and I struggled to get the right feel at lean.

The Avon Ultra Xtreme 3 is available at Motorcycle Superstore.

 

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