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Old 02-01-2010, 10:20 PM   #1
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R100GS---Avon Gripster vs Avon Distanzia

I've had good luck with the Gripsters, but found they wear out faster than I like. Wondering if I can get any feedback of user of the Distanzia tire. Thank a bunch!!

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Old 02-01-2010, 11:30 PM   #2
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Gripsters last pretty well for a DS tire but not as long as Distanzias. Folks regularly get 10k+ out of a rear. I got 12k out of my last rear but I did a few thousand miles on dirt. There's always a downside-Distanzias regularly rank the lowest in wet asphalt performance.

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Old 02-02-2010, 04:56 AM   #3
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ALL tires wear faster than I'd like them to!
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:05 AM   #4
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It took me 15k+ miles to make my distanzia look like this, but in retrospect I may have taken it a bit too far. It was paper thin in the center when I took it off. They handle great on pavement, wet or dry, and good enough in the gravel. They actually work better in the sand than a knobby.

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Old 02-02-2010, 04:52 PM   #5
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I used Distanzia's for 12K km this past spring. I kept them underinflated (not intentionally), so if properly inflated I figure I could've kept them for up to 15K. I was mostly on road, a bit in rain, and that was okay. I didn't like them much at all for mud, but on sand they were okay. Overall, I think I'll get them again for mostly road (90% paved, 10% gravel) riding, and stick with TKC's for gravel/dirt/mud/sand.
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:55 PM   #6
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I like Distanzas best out of the bunch of 90/10 or 75/25 tires.

They are easily the best on black top, and at road pressures on gravel tracks as good as the others are with half the air let out.

They are wearing evenly front to rear, not much scalloping on the front, and at 6000 km look like they have at least another 1000 km in them.

Which is around 25 % more than I get from the opositon.
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Old 02-03-2010, 07:24 PM   #7
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I may be off track by comparing a KLR, but I just got 12,500 miles out of my rear Gripster.
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:02 PM   #8
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Man, if you don't have the time or the cash to swap out tires on your big Alaska trip, or whatever, the Distanzias kick butt. 10k out of mine, maybe 70 % on slab. They really aren't bad in the rain on asphalt, and not too bad in the mud!!!
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:02 PM   #9
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I may be off track by comparing a KLR, but I just got 12,500 miles out of my rear Gripster.
That's pretty darn good!!

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Old 02-04-2010, 01:39 AM   #10
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The only tires I get the same distance out of as most other folks are the the Pilot Powers on my VFR - probably because I am not pushing them or the bike anywhere anywhere near their limit.

Most of my riding is on my Beemers is on bumpy, slippery spray seal back roads or loose gravel roads, and I have just got used to the wheels moving around.

The VFR gets the fast main road blasts and I am not good enough to get it anywhere near its limits.
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Old 02-04-2010, 07:14 AM   #11
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I can't see how people get more than 6K out of any tire. I've never been able to achieve that on any tire on any bike in my entire life. And yes, I religiously check my tire pressure and don't ride 2-up very often. Maybe I need an easier throttle hand or something.

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Old 02-04-2010, 10:42 AM   #12
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I find the comments about Distanzias being just "OK" in the rain interesting having commuted quite happily all winter using them on my GSPD. Admittedly I've been swapping between the PD and an F650 Dakar shod with TKC-80s so it might be the Distanzias are simply shining in comparison.

Oh yeah, I commute into Seattle on the ferry system so I get a lot time riding in the rain.

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Old 02-04-2010, 04:08 PM   #13
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I havent found the Distanza to be bad in the wet, no worse than their competitors and a mile ahead of any of the semi knobbies like Saharas and Enduros.
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:57 PM   #14
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Man, if you don't have the time or the cash to swap out tires on your big Alaska trip, or whatever, the Distanzias kick butt. 10k out of mine, maybe 70 % on slab. They really aren't bad in the rain on asphalt, and not too bad in the mud!!!
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Kinda funny you use this pic to promote their traction!

I have to say, I'm with Infra on this. Tires just wear out after 5k at most. Wish I got more, but there it is.
And my .02... go for TKCs. Any offroading and you'll be happy you got them, and they are very good on the street.
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Old 02-04-2010, 09:34 PM   #15
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Avon Gripsters/Distanzas

I've run both the above referenced tires on my 1988GS virtually since it was new (very first tires were Metzlers, if I recall). I'd say you'll be happy with either design on a GS. I believe the Distanza has a higher load rating. I found that tire to make more noise on the road; I believe the tread blocks are spaced more widely, hence on pavement is doesn't seem so smooth as the Gripster. At higher speeds its probably a wash. As I noted, I've run Avons for many, many years and found Avon customer service to be expemplary.
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