R100GS---Avon Gripster vs Avon Distanzia

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Steve G., Feb 1, 2010.

  1. Steve G.

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    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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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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  3. Martian

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    ALL tires wear faster than I'd like them to!:D
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  4. Airhead Wrangler

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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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  5. duhgee

    duhgee Been here awhile

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    I used Distanzia's for 12K km this past spring. I kept them underinflated (not intentionally:shog), 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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  6. Beemerboff

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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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  7. Kerley

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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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  8. hardwaregrrl

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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!!!
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/22817219@N04/3371242981/" title="muddown by hardwaregrrl, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3428/3371242981_11b1f242fe_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="muddown" /></a>
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  9. Steve G.

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    That's pretty darn good!!

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  10. Beemerboff

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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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  11. Infracaninophile

    Infracaninophile Finding My Way..

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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.

    T.
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  12. borg

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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.

    Steve
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  13. Beemerboff

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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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  14. SUVslayer

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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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  15. Tripletreat

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    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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  16. markk53

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    When I got off road I got like nearly 0 miles! I figured they just mispelled the name for off road applications - should have been an S... Slipsters. That's all they seemed to want to do when the going got tough.

    Great road grip, but stay off any wet slippery surfaces and any kind of grass whatsoever.

    Both my brother on his Ulysses and friend on his DRz400SM like the Distanzias for their use both on and off road.
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  17. jackd

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    Steve G - what did you go with in the end - Gripsters or Distanzia? Where did you buy them - was it up here in Vancouver? I'm in the process of looking for a replacement for my Gripsters and I've been looking around. A highly respected dealer that you and I both think highly of, quoted me $340 to mount and install just a new rear! :huh I could have started a new tire thread but I decided to dig this old one back up instead.
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  18. Steve G.

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    I went with the Gripsters, they work well , and very good for the money.
    Hate to tell you this Jack,,,,havn't bought a tire in Canada in 10 yrs. It's not the dealers, it's the thieves,,,,I mean importers who they must buy from.
    Anyways, if you've got a U.S. mailbox or delivery point, it's a no brainer, here ya go:
    http://www.compacc.com/p/Avon-Gripster-Dual-Sport-Tire-Package-90-90-21-and-130-80-17

    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/29/393/5299/ITEM/Avon-AM24-Gripster-Rear-Tire.aspx


    Steve
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  19. jackd

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    Did you have any clearance issues with the rear wheel/swingarm with this batch of Gripsters? (Yes folks I know about putting a K-bike shim in here - just rather not). I looked at your links and I will probably be going cross-border for my purchase as well. F.Y.I. the only rear wheel Gripster showing in the Parts Canada catalogue is the size for the R100GS rear - this means that this is an item that will soon be unavailable to purchase. This will probably mean the switch over to Distanzias for me down the road.
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  20. Steve G.

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    I will admit that the tire 'just' touches the shock spring if I load her up.
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