Avon – British Made Motorcycle Tyres

Avon motorcycle tyres history

Avon Tyres have been producing motorcycle rubber in the UK for more than 100 years.

Their factory in the Wiltshire town of Melksham started to manufacture motorcycle tyres in 1911, although the company itself started life producing various rubber goods including solid tyres and conveyor belts on the banks of the river Avon in a former cloth mill.

To this very day, the majority of their motorcycle tyres are still made in Melksham, excluding their scooter and lightweight commuter products.

In the past, Avon have also produced things like tennis balls, bath mats and even gas masks!

Following World War Two, Avon experienced great 2-wheel success with the likes of Mike Hailwood and John Surtees both winning GP titles on their British made tyres.

Avon Rubber sold it’s tyre business to US based Cooper Tires in 1997, but have continued to invest in their UK production and research facilities for 2-wheel in the following years.

Fast forward into the 21st century and Avon remain heavily involved in the world of motorsport, especially with sidecar and classic race machines around the famous Mountain Course on the Isle of Man.

From modern day tourers to heavyweight cruiser motorcycles, Avon now produce a wide range of products for all different styles of machine.

For tyres that are designed, developed, tested and manufactured in Britain, it has to be Avon!

You can view their full range here.


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