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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-06-2016, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Advice needed on Avon Trailrider Rear tire for Versys 170/60?

Hey All,
Its time for a tire change on my 2011 versys. I already have a avon distanzia take off from my DRZ that will mount the front nicely. I was thinking of the Avon Trailrider for the rear. Looking mostly for street riding, and few broken/gravel roads once in a rare while.

For the rear, I see that 160/60 will fit nicely.

However, did anyone try the 170/60 rear? I looked at the rear and think there should be enough clearance. Anyone put a 170/60 rear Trailrider?

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I have the Distanzia on the rear. I liked it on my XT250 but it's not so great on the Versys. The profile of the tire is kind of mushroom shaped vs. roundish. It doesn't seem to corner as well as my Metzler Marathons (different bike). It feels like it's harder to lay the bike over in corners. It's always stable but I feel like I could have leaned in a little more but just didn't get there.
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I run the 170/60 on gen 2, and love the tire - no clearance issues, and I have a givi hugger. I'm 165#, perhaps a heavier rider or rider and passenger and gear etc might experience the tire differently.
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I run the 170/60 on gen 2, and love the tire - no clearance issues, and I have a givi hugger. I'm 165#, perhaps a heavier rider or rider and passenger and gear etc might experience the tire differently.
That is awesome! Do you have a picture of the tire on your gen 2? Would love to see it.
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Here's a couple pics, tried to show the clearance. Anything else you need to know, happy to help.
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Joe - the pics that would REALLY help would be close-ups showing sidewall to chain, and sidewall to swingarm, right side. Thanks.

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No problem.

Chain side, almost a full half inch and swingarm side almost an inch. Pics attached. You can zoom in enough to see the ruler, but if you want the full res, I can post those also.

Note: I haven't done a rear wheel alignment test since those tires were installed, so those measurements may change a bit.
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Thanks Joe. Looks like enough room for sure.

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