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Avon Distanzias

I got new meats on my Versys. Avon Distanzia 120/70/17 and 160/60/17.

Old Duncraps....

New Tires.


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So far they seem far superior on the road than the stock tires. They feel more grippy and stable on the highway, and less pushed around by grooved pavement. I took them down a dirt road a they seemed to have more pushing power in the rear from that back. Less slippage, and crawled pretty easy over rocks.

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After praise reports by member Aleeop, and your most recent post, I do believe they are my next tire. Supposedly a really good rain tire, but then again, the V supposedly is a really good bike to have on wet pavement anyhow (especially without the stock Dunlops).

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I had a set of these on a smaller bike, Yamaha XT250. They worked out very nicely. Good on dry & wet pavement, good on hard pack trails, not good in sand or mud.. Can't wait till I burn up my stockers so I can get a set for my V too...
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Nice rear turn signal relocation mod. I did the same thing.

http://kawasakiversys.com/forums/sho...nal+relocation

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Yeah, I put a set on prior to my trip up to Colorado and they are great. They really stick but you have to be a little careful as they will turn in quicker than you are use to.

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I had one set of Distanzias, which I liked at first but which I decided against replacing with another set. The rear was shot at about 4,000 miles. The front lasted a bit longer but wore with a strange pattern that made the tread blocks significantly shorter on the leading edge, so the tire grew more and more vibey. Annoying at any speed or surface.

Like most tires, they sure felt great new. Hope you all have better luck with them.


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I had one set of Distanzias, which I liked at first but which I decided against replacing with another set. The rear was shot at about 4,000 miles. The front lasted a bit longer but wore with a strange pattern that made the tread blocks significantly shorter on the leading edge, so the tire grew more and more vibey. Annoying at any speed or surface.

Like most tires, they sure felt great new. Hope you all have better luck with them.
My experience precisely, even to the front tire. You'll enjoy them while they last.
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My bike came with a set of those tires. They wore out real quick on the rear. When i went looking for new tires I was interested in them again as the stuck to the road very well, and looked bada$$. The 160 rear is only availble in the SM compound. This is a softer tire and would explain the great grip, but short lifespan. If they made the 160 in the harder compound I would buy another set.

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I'm thinking to get a set but am put off by reports of quick wear...let us know how you go please. Next best alternative for me atm are goldspeed street ultras.
edit: just found out from goldspeed supplier they really are for motards and track/weekend use, with reported wear on the rear being 3 x the front even with those machines...the search continues

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I have had no issues with the stock Dunlops in the 2000 + miles I have put on the bike so far. I may go with the BT023s next though. I had BT021s on the Ninja and liked them fine.
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Like the tire. Rear did not last at all. Front is still going strong. The Tourance that I replaced it with is doing well!

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Best tire I've ever had. The SM compound is almost as sticky on wet surfaces as on dry tarmac. Very good in cold weather, too. No unintended sliding. So I don't mind the wear.

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I have run through about three sets of these, getting two rears to every front. So about 6 rears and three fronts. These tires I feel are outstanding, and through a bit of shopping around one can get a set for less than 300.

They are soft, only available in the supermoto compound, and the heavier versys wears out rears fast. My worst was about 2500 miles for a rear. But the performance leaves a smile on my face. I want to run a set of these on my KTM, but the added expense of getting rims makes that financially impossible for me.

I usually run a harder metzler during the late summer and fall when I am commuting a few thousand miles from Aug to late Oct. When I switched back to the distanzia this summer I was zipping through turns so much faster. I will run these tires again next summer too, if you can splurge, try out a set. I just ordered a new rear from competition accessories online for about 163 USD delivered.

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I had one set of Distanzias, which I liked at first but which I decided against replacing with another set. The rear was shot at about 4,000 miles. The front lasted a bit longer but wore with a strange pattern that made the tread blocks significantly shorter on the leading edge, so the tire grew more and more vibey. Annoying at any speed or surface.

Like most tires, they sure felt great new. Hope you all have better luck with them.
I am on my second set of Distanzias, and I like the way the bike handles. But I had the same experience with the front wear pattern. Not good.

I use the 150/70x17 rear, which is not the SM compound and it lasts a good long time (>8000 miles). The front needed to be replaced at about 5500 miles due to the strange wear. Never had to replace the front before the rear before.

I wish they made the front tire in a "normal" compound. I am not sure what I am going to do next for a front tire. I toy with the idea of fitting the 130-80x17 front, but not sure I want to go to the trouble of raising the fender and replacing the crossover brake line.


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I like to hear the good reports on Distanzias- just mounted a pair on my bike after burning the stock Dunlops down to 9,600 miles. THESE THINGS ARE LIKE SUPER GLUE! They stick really well in curves and almost push the rider to lean. Very nice.

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