Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: western Massachusetts
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That's my feature article...my Versys, too. After seven Rider articles including my ST1300, I enjoyed getting some ink for another bike.
FWIW, the Avon Distanzia on-/off-road tires did fine on the maintained dirt roads I encountered in Pennsylvania, New York and New England, just don't expect a Versys to turn into a KLR by installing different tires.
A year later the Avons are long gone. The rear was well into the wear bars before 5,000 miles. I ditched the front at about 7,000 because of the strange wear pattern. There were high and low spots on individual tread blocks that made the front end buzz significantly. On-/off-road tires are inherently a compromise as these Avons showed.
Since I ride paved roads more than unpaved, I decided to run Pirelli Scorpion Trails, which come standard on the Ducati MultiStrada, since they have a less aggressive tread than the Avons. So far they are fine on dirt roads and better than the Avons on asphalt.
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