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View Poll Results: XTX Specific Tyre poll - Vote your favourite tyres
Avon Distanzia 39 23.93%
Avon Azaro-SP Pro-Xtreme Rain 2 1.23%
Bridgestone BT-090 15 9.20%
Continental 7 4.29%
Dunlop 17 10.43%
Maxxis 9 5.52%
Michelin Pilot 37 22.70%
Metzler 11 6.75%
Pirelli Dragon (Original tyres) 18 11.04%
Other Brands - please specify 12 7.36%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 163. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 21-10-07, 12:30
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Vote your favourite XTX Tyres

With this new tyre poll those of us who have tried various type of tyres on their X's can highlight their favourite choice for those who are new to the bike and might use the advice based on our experience to make their mind on their next purchase

You will find here a list of the most popular tyres all you have to do is vote for your favourite ones, you can vote as many as you like.

Please also tell us what you were looking in a tyre and why you made that choice.


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Old 21-10-07, 17:51
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I voted for Avon Distanzia.

I've had Pirelli Dragons on before and they squared off very quickly (500 miles) and I was looking for something with a bit more meat on them but still a soft supermoto tyres. I'm very happy with Distanzia tyres as they last longer than the Pirelli tyres, don't square off anywhere near as quick, they are super sticky, excellent in the wet and can handle loose gravel on tarmac where the Pirelli tyres don't do gravel at all. Also the profile of the tyre makes a dramatic improvement on the handling of my bike. 10/10
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Old 21-10-07, 18:18
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Just like Mic, I was not impressed with the original Pirelli tyres because of their premature decay signs of squaring, the pirelli are only really great in perfect riding conditions such as clean tarmac and hot surface where they do stick very well once heated, however those conditions are not found 24/7 and in the wet and on gravel the Pirelli fail big time, not to mention that they are bloody dangerous on cold frosty mornings.

Knowing that I wanted something with more grip I started searching for the perfect tyre and I found out about the Maxxis through a Supermoto weblink, the Maxxis are indeed excellent tyres for this bike, though you have to fiddle a lot with the inflation to get them not to wobble at high speed with pressures as low as 26 to 28 psi. Yet the downside of the Maxxis is their life expectancy as they wear out before your eyes at around 1600 to 1800 miles. After 2 set of Maxxis I then opted for the Avons, trying first the wet Pro-Xtreme Rain (Azaro)

Now the Azaro are the grippiest tyres for this bike, bar none, you can ride up the ****ing wall with these tyres like geko's and I mean you can lean your bike confidently on waterlogged roads!!

But as soon as it is a dry day the back tyre will wear like a pencil rubber, so once again excellent tyres but lowest life expectancy ever.
Strangely this is not the same for the front Avon Pro-Xtreme which last and last and last. As a result I was forced to fit a rear Distanzia and keep the front Pro-Xtreme as it would have been a waste of money to bin it, my finding were that I managed to wear out 2 rear Distanzia with that same front Pro-Xtreme on!! To be honest with you all that combination of a rear Distanzia and a front Pro-Xtreme has been the best ever for me. Even after it finally wore out and I have replaced the front with a proper Distanzia, the feel of the bike is slighlty different but as I always say tyre choice is strictly personal and some people might feel more confident with a set up when others wouldn't.

I think when my front Distanzia is worn I will re-fit another Pro-Xtreme and stick with the Distanzia for the rear.

Provided you look after the Distanzia properly you can expect anything from 3500 to 3800 miles for the rear and more or less the same with the front ones but the front Azaro Pro-Xtreme will last you well over 7000 miles while the back one you are lucky if you get 800 miles out of them. I believe these are designed only for track use.

Good luck in your tyre choice.

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Old 21-10-07, 20:27
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When I got my XTX it had a Pirelli Dragon on the front and a Michelin Pilot sport on the rear. Both looked as new when I got the bike. Once I got used to the bike I found the Pirelli ok but a bit dicy in wet conditions and the Michelin Pilot Sport totally sh]te. The Michelin was all over the place even in the dry it just wanted to slide. It quickly squared off leaving cornering not that pleasant.

Changed over to Avon Distanzia and got to say the turn in felt much much better on the front. Super confident in the corners and in the wet they are superb. I loved blasting out of bends with 100% confidence the rear was gonna comply in a predictable manner.

Cost and endurance all matter to myself and the Avon really gives you the best or near best after much consideration. For me there is no other option, looks, performance, cost and mileage are great. A must have.
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BT-020,good mileage,good in the rain.Probably would not suit riders in cooler climates as they take some warming up.
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I'm on my second set of Distanzia's and in my humble opinion they tick all of the boxes. I tried a set of those Goldspeeds – brilliant fun, super sticky but deadly in the wet so no good for an all weather comuter like me (although I grinned for a whole lot of our short lived summer).
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So where is the cheapest place to get your Avon distanzia tyres on line please lads.
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So where is the cheapest place to get your Avon distanzia tyres on line please lads.
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I was just quoted £112.25 to fit a rear distanzia and £10.00 to fit my own tyre to a wheel if i bring it in myself.
So that would be a saving of £18.27
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Hi

I'm about to get a new rear tire for my xtx. Has anyone here ever tried the michelin pilot road 2ct? I'm hoping for some durability, does anyone have any approx. miles? What other models are equivalent to the 2ct?
appriciate quick response, gotta order soon...
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