Just thought I'd share with you all an email I had sent out regarding the Metzler Tourance tire non-availability issue.
When I bought this bike, I guess I didn't research how limited the dual sport-ish tire choices were. I know its not a dirt bike, but it would be nice to have a mildly off road capable tire choice (80-20) for the odd gravel / rocky road. I believe for the type of riding I do, or want to do, this is the best tire in its class.
I also know that there is the option to fit a larger tourance on the front or run a Distanzia - F/Tourance - R combo, but wouldn't it be nice if the damn things just fit? The Distanzias do, but are a SM compound and don't have the milage of the Tourances.
Here is the letter I wrote to Metzler:
I was just wondering if the good folks at Metzler Manufacturing are ever planning on making the Tourance in the 120-70-17front and 160-60-17rear sizes we could purchase for the Kawasaki Versys?
I belong to a worldwide Versys forum and it is very evident that there would be a huge market for this model tire in these sizes. Tourances are known to be at the top of their class for this type of tire and, honestly, the choices for this size tire in the market are lacking.
I am planning to do a trip around the trans Labrador highway on this bike (1000 miles of dirt and 3000 miles of pavement) and as I look for ideal tires for any trip of this type, it seems the only option is the incorrect sized 150-70-17 tourance rear and Avon Dstanzia on the front.
Personally I would always buy Tourances without question as I had used them and was extremely hapy with them on my BMW GS. I also know many others would do so as well.
I believe not only Metzler, but all tire manufacturers are really missing out on this segment of consumers by not producing a tire of this type for this target market.
And their reply so far:
> Thanks for the e-mail and we will look at your request. Have a great weekend.
> US Metzeler Moto
> 877 202-4993
Don't know if this will go anywhere or if this reply is just lip service.
If anyone else is or has been interrested in these tires, probably wouldn't hurt to shoot them an email too. If these companies see the dollar signs from demand... I guess anything is possible