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I am close to purchasing a Versys, and am curious as to its trail riding abilities, and sourcing more aggressive tires for better dual-surface performance. I am not talking about blasting motorcross style through the trees, but casually exploring unpaved surfaces when provoked.
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These guys had a decent write up on some 'dual sportish' tires:

http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...pirelli-tires/

I think they look pretty good, but my V will stay on the tarmac 99% of the time.
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I am running the MT-60's and they are great, but you won't get more than 3000-miles from them. I am thinking Avon Distancias in 150/70/17 and the 120/17 for the front. Problem is most aggressive 160/60/17 are for motards and are soft. Good luck and as you can see in my aviator, mine has been down trails, but it won't take rough stuff!
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I'm grooving the original tires for now... I'd go for a Maxxis Presa Detour MA-PD 150/70R17 69H/TL rear, and a Maxxis Presa M6118 120/70R17 Medium 58S TL front;
http://www.maxxis.com/products/motor...il.asp?id=5436
http://www.maxxis.com/products/motor...ail.asp?id=255
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Got the Corsas and they rock!! WAY more confident in messy corners.
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Distanzias are the way to go IMHO, gravel OR tar. My friend has had them for about 10 months and rides approx 66/35 tar/gravel. Front lasts about 18000K's, rear about 11000K's. That's REALLY good in my mind for the exceptional grip they give on the tar. His tyres are worn right to the edge. I run the same front but use the 150 (dual purpose) rear and I can get to the edge with no slipping issues. Price is also very reasonable. I won't be changing brands anytime soon!!!
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Where do you guys pick these tires up from? I hesitate asking the dealer about them simply for the $$. Are there other options?
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Chaparral Racing (San Bernardino, CA)
Maxxis Presa Detour 150/70-17 rear ($98.99), Maxxis Presa M6118 (SuperMotard) 120/70-17 front ($114.85).

Ron Ayers Motorsports (Greenville, NC)
Avon Distanzia:
160/60-17 (623 mm OD) $124.98
150/60-17 (614 mm OD) $112.09
150/70-17 (640 mm OD) $120.29
120/70-17 $90.61
Pirelli MT 60-R Corsa: 160/60-17 $152.38, 120/70-17 $123.43.
Pirelli Scorpion Sync: 160/60-17 $128.44, 150/70-17 $127.04, 120/70-17 $109.35.

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Invader...have you tried the Maxis Presa's? They look interesting.
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http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ac=2&zmap=5426

I get mine from here. They have good prices, service, and stock. R&S here in Albq is supposed to have smoking prices, I will check it out on my next order.
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Invader...have you tried the Maxis Presa's? They look interesting.
No I haven't yet. I grooved out my original tires for now, and removed about 2 pounds of rubber off the rear, and about 1 pound off the front. Pics soon...
I have seen great reviews about the Maxxis Presa Detour; Great traction and wear. The Presa M6118 medium compund front is also said to be hard to beat in various conditions, and would be well matched to the rear Presa Detour. I will try them at start of next season if nothing better comes up.
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I am running the MT-60's and they are great, but you won't get more than 3000-miles from them. I am thinking Avon Distancias in 150/70/17 and the 120/17 for the front. Problem is most aggressive 160/60/17 are for motards and are soft. Good luck and as you can see in my aviator, mine has been down trails, but it won't take rough stuff!
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Happy Trails! Got the Panniers as well and they rock!
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Nice! I think Im gonna get one of those...I ordered some frame sliders but they did not fit on my 2007 canadian versys....
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This is the whole set up if you want to see what it looks like. As far as back to tires, who is running a 150/70/17? Any issues? I like the MT-60's but would like a rear that gets atleast 4500-5000 miles.
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MotosportXperts has the Maxxis Presa M6118 120/70 medium compound front (SuperMotard), and M6119 160/60 hard compound rear for only $75/$95. I wouldn't mind trying the set at that price, instead of with a 150/70 Presa Detour rear... They even ship to Canada via USPS;
http://www.motosportxperts.com/page/...F-STREET-TIRES
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Happy Trails! Got the Panniers as well and they rock!
Here's a link to their Versys stuff:

http://www.happy-trail.com/category....ategoryID=1024
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I will have my 150/70/17 Distanzias this weekend. I will report after they are on.
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I ran the Distanzias on the '94 Ducati Elefant I had and I was always impressed with the grip and mileage. After this first set goes I will probably go back to them unless you guys pave the way for something better.

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