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Avon AM43 Distanzia Dual-Sport Front Tire
On first impression, the Distanzia is aggressive looking and has a much different profile than a street tire - obviously. They also appear very heavy. Getting them out on the road during the break-in period did not inspire much confidence because they felt obnoxiously slippery and handling felt hindered by my slightly wider front tire - Mag Wheel Bonnies will need this. I was not impressed. I remember telling my wife, "I don't know how I'm going to like these tires."
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After about 50 miles on the Distanzia I started to feel more grounded. Almost as if a switch flipped, these English beauties felt so sticky on the road and handled the same as my Metzler street tires in the corners. Overall, a win. However, I didn't stop here. The Distanzia handled perfectly on gravel and dirt roads, there are many in Oregon, and did splendidly in torrential downpours during freeway and city riding.
Overall, the only gripe I have is that long and funky break-in period. It is almost enough to make you say NO. But if you're patient and wait out those minuscule first miles, these are a match made in English rubber heaven.
December 12, 2014
I've gone through a few Distanzias and have always been impressed with its offroad capabilities. The tread life is pretty good and traction is excellent on and off the road. The tire preforms very predictably and provides enough confidence to push the bike through corners with speed. Great sumo tire. My only complaint is it seems like some batches run wide.
June 2, 2014
After these tires are broken in they are very sticky on the road in any condition and offer enough tread off road to hooligan around in the dirt. Great for an all around supermoto tire.
January 27, 2014
Great DO-ALL tire.
Tire does everything great so far.Commute to work from city,through country,and back into another town.
Have been in a couple rain storms and the tire stuck like glue.
Short 200 mile touring session for nachos-nice ride.
Overall the tire has given what I asked of it so far.
September 12, 2012
Good value for money
I recently bought this tire and I am happy to say that is great. Although I haven't used it too much (less than 1000 miles on it), I am extremely satisfied with it and I would highly recommend it to street adventure riders.
June 18, 2012
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Marc C asked:I'm considering a set of these for my Bonneville T100. Most of my riding is on the highway and on canyon twisties, but would love to take fire roads as well. Would these work for my bike and purpose? I want to feel confident with them on all my rides. Also, I hear it's pretty common to go up from a 130/80/17 to a 140 (rear). Is that a good idea? How will it benefit or hinder my bikes handling, speed and mileage?
A shopper asked:I'm considering these for my Bonneville T100. Most of my riding is on the highway and canyon twisties, but would love to take fire roads as well. Would these work for my bike and my purpose? I want to feel confident with them on all my rides. Also, I hear it's pretty common to go up from 130/80/17 to 140. Is that a good idea? How will it benefit or hinder my bikes handling, speed and mileage?