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Taking new rear tire suggestions

I currently have a Pirelli Scorpion Sync on the rear that is getting near the end of it's life. I like how it preformed on the road but not it's longevity. I'm looking for a tire with a similar tread pattern that will last longer. I ride mostly paved roads with the occasional dirt road here and there. I await your suggestions.


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The Dunlop tires are interesting but it looks like they don't come in the 160/60 r17 size for the Versys. I'm not too crazy about trying out non-standard sizes but the Avon Distanzia caught my eye.


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This is what I just put on at 5300 miles, wanted a new tire for my trip this fri. to Wis.
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have you consider going to the angels brothercannon, will put them on when my pirelli strada wears out.
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I just read a review of the Pirelli Angels and they appear to be a good tire but I'm looking for something with a hint of dual sport in them.

I'm looking for tires like the avon distanzia or Pirelli Scorpion Sync. I may end up going with a sport touring type tire for mileage reasons but I would prefer to have a tire that is more forgiving on dirt roads.


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what did they review say on the angels, I mainly use on road, I do not ride my V like I used to ride my GS 650
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Check out Pilot Road 2. I got 2000 miles on mine and still look like the day I put them on.

Happy with the ride and stick to the road !

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I have the Dunlop 616 front and it handles great on pavement. Haven't tried dirt. No rear size available.
I had Distanzia on my DRZ--good durability and decent grip but vague feel.
I'm about to throw on a Scorpion Sync rear this weekend. At least it looks good w/ the 616 front.
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I've also ordered a F/R Angels set for the next round.
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going to the angels next because was very dissapointed with the strada's wear so the pirelli rep is giving me a good discount on the angels otherwise i was going to the competition to get pilot road 2's
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I have a pair of Pirelli Scorpion Syncs on my V and have 4500km on them and have maybe another 1000 to 1500km left on rear and have about half worn the front. I have had slightly better Ks out of the Pirelli Strada rear tyre I had on before present Tyres. I do like the Scorpions on the gravel far more control than the road tyres.
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Don't tell me you skipped all those great tire discussions?

The short version is that there is no rear tire that has real dual-sport credentials and fits the Versys that isn't a Distanzia or MT-60 supermoto tire. Everything else is either a sport-touring (in the right size) or a D/S tire that is 150/70-17. The Scorpion Sync have a more aggressive pattern but are really a sport-touring tire, and as you just saw, don't really last any longer than other S/T tires. That last bit really depends on how and where you ride. If you are consistently getting around, say, 5K miles from your tires, all similar tires will be in that same range. Maybe you'll get 6K from one and 4.5K from another, but I wouldn't expect to double the mileage without changing the riding style and roads. Now if you put a completely different tire, like a Metzeler Tourance which is a true D/S tire and has a very different construction and compound, you may see a significant difference in longevity.

The longest lasting sport-touring tire I had so far on the Versys was a Dunlop RoadSmart - it went 5.5K to the wear bars. The Syncs only went 4.5K, the OE D221 even less than that, at 4K I had cords showing.

Hope this helps,

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kiwi 41: Here is the review of the angels that I read

http://www.motorcycle.com/products/p...iew-88755.html

basically they said that it is a great sport touring tire.

Gustavo: I must admit that I haven't read all of the great tire discussions on here but I think I may have found my next tire.

I think I'll try a Metzler Tourance on the rear. I know it won't be the right size but other guys on this forum have been running 150/70 on the rear with out any problems.

Here's the thread about it: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=4471

As far as the front goes I'm not into raising the fender, and running a rear tire on the front. Like they guys running the tourance in the rear are doing. So I think I'll give the Dunlop 616 a try when my scorpion sync on the front wears out.


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I just ordered the Metzler Tourance from ebay. I've bought tires from this seller before and never had any problem plus they have the best price I can find on the net.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...d=270590020163


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I just ordered the Metzler Tourance from ebay. I've bought tires from this seller before and never had any problem plus they have the best price I can find on the net.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...d=270590020163
Ebay's CycleHead does have a good selection and prices on tires. They were also able to ship a Metzeler Enduro 3 Sahara I ordered for a KTM Adv 640 to Canada via USPS.
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I got the Tourance installed today. Then I took the V on a 200 mile ride to test it out and so far so good. If I get the mileage out of this tire that others report I'll be very happy with it. I still need to test it out on a few dirt roads but I'll get to that later.

Here is a pic of my old scorpion sync with 5k on it and the new tourance next to it.



And here is the tourance after 200 miles of riding.



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I would not recommend the Pilot Road 2, this is mine after 2600 miles in AR twisty roads.



I am using a Pilot Power, and it is not wearing as fast, and it does not have those funny scallops on the sides and it is $40 cheaper. In Dallas I can get a new Pilot Power for $100 cash.


If you are going with the Distanza use the 150/70 not the 160/60 mine lasted all of 2k miles and it was gone.

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I would not recommend the Pilot Road 2, this is mine after 2600 miles in AR twisty roads.

Interesting... I just replaced a rear Pilot Road 2 at 6500 miles and it wasn’t quite as far gone as yours... and for comparison, I went through the OEM Dunlops by 3400 (the rear was at the wear bars at 2600). All my riding is on back winding roads & moderately aggressive.
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