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Old 12-07-2011, 11:03 PM   #31
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I thought that you'd like that, Steve. I was just getting ready to use those links that you had provided to order mine, when a co-worker suggested that I try ITC. The person on the phone knew my co-worker (supposedly he was their first customer ever) and I had one of the nicest transactions I've ever experienced. How hard are these to change, by the way? We have an automotive tire change unit at work - will this do the trick?

I had to re-install a rear tire on one of these about 30 miles south of Puertocetos, Baja Norte. I can say that silicone spray is your friend!! And 2 or three good tire levers. I've got a couple good Motion Pro levers, did them a few times. A buddy of mine has one of those No-Mar tire changers, I take them down there now,,,,I give him 5-10$ for new wheel weights, as he's got a balancing device as well. BTW, the red dot goes to where the tire valve is,,,,it may be good enough a balance.
Motorcycle World in Surrey has done radial sport tires for me for 20$/rim, balanced. Your an airplane tech,,,,you should be able to spoon these on!!

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Old 12-07-2011, 11:09 PM   #32
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I've actually got very little wear on the front tire, but it might be starting to cup a bit. I'll have to give it a better looksie before I make the decision to change it. I've got a set of large irons from my Triumph rebuild that I might employ to do the job. But then again, I have some pretty big goons on my crew who might love diving into this one - they always love showing an old guy up.
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Old 12-08-2011, 01:33 PM   #33
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...I'm just gonna say, Distanza's are noisy...
Get a Mefo or Heidinau
that is all...
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:48 PM   #34
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I ran a set of Distanzias from San Frrancisco to Osorno Chile (south of Santiago). I actually don't know how far that is, but I certainly wasn't complaining when I had to replace them.
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:43 PM   #35
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Gripsters on the GSPD:

First ride on my favourite twisty roads I thought "Wow, these things grip like crazy! They'll be gone in no time." Then they lasted 14k kms.

I was shocked. No tire that grips that well should last that long.

They work okay on gravel as long as it's dry, same goes for hard pack.


In the mud they're just like any other non-knobbie tire.

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Old 12-08-2011, 05:44 PM   #36
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The Gripsters have a 80 % road / 20% offroad rating. The Distanzas are rated 90 % road / 10 % offroad. I want my 80/20 mix still.
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:46 PM   #37
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Gripsters on the GSPD:

First ride on my favourite twisty roads I thought "Wow, these things grip like crazy! They'll be gone in no time." Then they lasted 14k kms.

I was shocked. No tire that grips that well should last that long.

They work okay on gravel as long as it's dry, same goes for hard pack.


In the mud they're just like any other non-knobbie tire.

Now that's my kind of road...
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:24 AM   #38
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...you shoulda known better Lornce...
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:02 AM   #39
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...I'm just gonna say, Distanza's are noisy...
Get a Mefo or Heidinau
that is all...


I've run Distanza's for many a year. Mounted a set of Heidinau's in September. I keep looking in my mirrors expecting to see an Alabama redneck in a 4x4 tailgating me with all the noise the Heidinau's make.
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:33 PM   #40
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I picked up my tires today out at ITC. The walls of the place are decorated with old motorcycle paraphernalia - most of it dedicated to the Indian brand. According to the son of the owner, the owner owns four old Indians - the oldest being a Scout and ending with a '47 Chief. There was a restored DKW sitting next to the front counter. Nice time had by all.
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:26 AM   #41
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...I'm just gonna say, Distanza's are noisy...
Get a Mefo or Heidinau
that is all...
I've never noticed any noises from distanzias. I got 15k miles out of a rear once too. I'm sold on 'em for mainly paved duty.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:33 AM   #42
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I picked up my tires today out at ITC. The walls of the place are decorated with old motorcycle paraphernalia - most of it dedicated to the Indian brand. According to the son of the owner, the owner owns four old Indians - the oldest being a Scout and ending with a '47 Chief. There was a restored DKW sitting next to the front counter. Nice time had by all.

Did you pay his retail prices Jack? hope not.


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Old 12-15-2011, 12:07 PM   #43
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