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Avon Distanzia vs Metzler Tourance EXP

I am thinking about getting a set of one of these two tires. I have not made up my mind yet but I want to try out these meatier treaded tires once.
Anyone have experience on either tire? Also I am having trouble finding them in 160/60 17 rear and 120/70 17 front. Do they make them in sizes for the V?
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I run the shinko 705s which is essentially the tourance tire but tread wears faster and hslf tge price I really like em. You willnotice an increased gyro effect resisting turning at first from the meatier tires but you will adjust.
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I went ahead and ordered the Distanzias today. I think I will like them from what I have seen and from what I expect from them.

I will update on them as I go forward, should start later this week.
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I am thinking about getting a set of one of these two tires. I have not made up my mind yet but I want to try out these meatier treaded tires once.
Anyone have experience on either tire? Also I am having trouble finding them in 160/60 17 rear and 120/70 17 front. Do they make them in sizes for the V?
The original Tourance along with the Tourance EXP are no longer manufactured by Metzler although some stores may have old stock. They were superseded by the Metzler Tourance Next in late 2014/early 2015. The Tourance Next is manufactured in 120/70-17 & 160/60-17 sizes to fit the Versys while the original Tourance and Tourance EXP were never manufactured in those sizes although some people fitted 130/80 rear tires to the front wheel and 150/70 to the rear with the older Metzler tires. In the 90/10 category there is also the Pirelli Scorpion 2. Metzler is now owned by Pirelli and their motorcycle tires may even be made in the same factory as Pirelli Motorcycle tires.

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The original Tourance will outlast the EXP or Next. Thatīs been my experience.
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The original Tourance will outlast the EXP or Next. Thatīs been my experience.
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I've had nothing but Distanzia's on my bike and think they are a good tire. They've done everything I've ever wanted from them.
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I've had nothing but Distanzia's on my bike and think they are a good tire. They've done everything I've ever wanted from them.
Cool, that's what I like to hear! I will have mine later this week. Good thing I got them when I did, I just found some threads showing on my rear tire, I never noticed it got so bald so fast! Extremely hot summer here, maybe those hot roads are wearing it down faster than normal.
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I am thinking about getting a set of one of these two tires. I have not made up my mind yet but I want to try out these meatier treaded tires once.
Anyone have experience on either tire? Also I am having trouble finding them in 160/60 17 rear and 120/70 17 front. Do they make them in sizes for the V?
I went with the Heindenau K60 rear and the Perilli MT-60 front. I have been really happy with the performance. The K60 looks like it will last forever. The Perilli seems to be wearing fast but I expected that.
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Got my Distanzia's installed today, they look great! I have to say that switching from a pure street tire to one that has a little off road capability was a big change in how the bike handles! I thought I was drunk when I pulled out of the dealers lot! Just a big change in how it handles and turns etc. I am sure it will just take some getting use to, felt much better after 20 miles or so, going back out now for a ride to break them in!
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I did not see this thread earlier, but the only complaint I had with my Distanzia's was that they seemed to wear down pretty quickly... Hope you get better wear than I did!

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I replaced a rear Pirelli Scorpion trail for the Distanzia super moto tire. Excellent grip, I now have no chicken strips on my rear tire.
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I have Distanzia on mine as well, after 8,000 miles though, they are in need of replacement. My front is getting "bumps" along the tread, the tire actually looks wavy, and I noticed a split in the sidewall on the rear. They will get me till the end of the season, but will need to be replaced next year. I put them on new in July 2012.

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My front Distanzia had started cupping too, but I rotated it at about 9,000 km and now have 20,000 km on it. Front Distanzia's thread direction is actually more conventional when reversed.

Distanzia is now obsolete as it's being replaced with the new Trail Rider.

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...and I noticed a split in the sidewall on the rear. They will get me till the end of the season, but will need to be replaced next year. I put them on new in July 2012.
Be VERY careful of a tire w/ a "split" in the sidewall -

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My front Distanzia had started cupping too, but I rotated it at about 9,000 km and now have 20,000 km on it....
I used to 'reverse' Kenda K260 tires on my KLR to get decent mileage, just like invader posted.

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Well I have a few hundred miles on mine and I am loving them now. Great look, good grip, and pretty quiet, some have said they are loud but I have not noticed any difference from the stock tires. I see some get a lot of miles and some not much. If I get 6000 miles out of the set I will be happy with them.
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