Nick has replaced the stock CST tyres on the CFMOTO 650MT staff bike in favour of some new Avon Trailrider hoops. We look forward to seeing how they stand up to his daily commutes...

Nick has just fitted a set of Avon Trailrider tyres to the BikeReview CFMOTO 650MT. Over the next few months he will be putting them to the test on and off road, in the meantime here is some info on these popular 90 road/10 dirt tyres that should suit the MT well…

We had the tyres fitted at Steve Cutting Motorcycles (02) 4323 3599 (formerly Gosford Motorcycles).

Check out all our updates on Nick’s CFMOTO 650MT here…

The CFMOTO 650MT has been racking up the kilometres lately and we decided it was time to treat it to a new pair of hoops. The CST tyres still had some life in them but when you’re given the opportunity to throw any parts on your bike, you have to take it.

The Avon AV53 and AV54 Trailrider tyres replaced the Distanzia line back in 2015 and they are the perfect option for dual sports bikes that spend most of their time commuting on road. Most dual sport tyre options on the market usually fall short when it comes to dry grip but Avon have put development and emphasis into ensuring adventure fans have a great touring option.  

The Avon Trailrider tyres have an aggressive tread pattern on them which matches the adventure bike style but doesn’t take away from the dry grip levels!

The Trailriders have an aggressive appearance, come in plenty of different sizes and are manufactured in the UK. Avon tyres are imported by Pro Accessories, you can check out their website here.

Avon’s performance chart indicates that the Trailrider tyres are predominantly on road but can handle mild off-road.

The 650MT is the perfect candidate for the Avon Trailrider hoops as it spends most of its time riding in a straight line to and from University five days a week, with the weekends for some dirt roads thrown in. The claimed wet performance will be put to the test too as NSW has seen plenty of showers over the past few weeks…

The sizes we used are 120/70 – 17 which has an RRP of $255 and 160/60 – 17 which has an RRP of $289. Head to Pro Accessories here for stock availability. Avon have ensured that all of the most popular adventure bike tyre sizes have been covered, check out the sizing list below!

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2021 CFMOTO PROJECT 650MT ABS Specifications

Price: $7490 Ride-Away
Warranty: Two years/unlimited kilometre (currently extended to three years)
Colours: Athens Blue or Nebula White
Claimed power: 41.5kw [55.6hp]@9,500rpm (LAMS Restricted)
Claimed torque: 62Nm [45.72ftlb]@7,000rpm
Dry weight: 213kg
Fuel capacity: 18L

Engine: Liquid-cooled, DOHC, eight-valve, parallel-twin four-stroke, 180-degree crankshaft, 649.3cc, Bosch Fuel injection, dual 38mm throttles bodies, Unifilter airfiler, Castrol oil Gearbox: Six speed
Clutch: Multiplate wet Final drive: Sealed chain

Chassis: Tubular steel diamond frame employing engine as fully-stressed member, extruded steel swingarm with tubular steel bracing, handlebar riders, SHAD luggage system
Suspension: USD fork, adjustable, travel 140mm, cantilever monoshock, preload adjustable, travel 145mm
Brakes: Continental ABS, dual 300mm steel rotors, twin-piston calipers, 240mm rear rotor, single-piston caliper
Wheels & Tyres: 120/70ZR17, 3.5 x 17 MT alloy (f) and 160/60ZR17, 4.5 x 17 MT alloy (r) Avon Trailrider

Wheelbase: 1415mm
Seat height: 840mm
Length: 2150mm
Width: 835mm
Height: 1332mm

Instruments: LCD display


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