Dark side? I were to go that route, does Michelin make a tire that would work? If so what would the size be for a 400 and a 650?
I am on my second rear car tire. I like to think I am pretty easy on them but do not get the mileage noted by others. That said, part of the reason is that I change them out early in almost all cases. The behavior of the front tire you are talking would concern me greatly. At 13K miles, I would be changing it without a second thought. I am not typically a tire snob ( ) or particularly brand loyal. I am curious about what you find when you look at the front. Please let us know what you see. Also if you are not used to a CT, give us some feedback after a few miles. If they were available on my other bike I would be using them there also.I just ordered the Federal Formoza. Sooner than I thought. Because I am running into a problem with the front tire. And it's making me leery of riding it. The front seems to have a balance problem. The whole front of the bike is doing a side-to-side wobble from about 10 mph to 35 mph. It has gone from barely noticeable at 10 mph, to being extremely noticeable at the speeds noted. It's bad enough, I sort of think the front has a broken belt. The front has nearly 13,000 miles on it. Not as much as many of you get on your fronts … but I don't know the history of that tire. Either way, I'm not feeling safe on it.
Tomorrow I'm going to order a Michelin Pilot Road 4 Scooter front tire. I'm moving away from the BattleAx due to the problem I'm having and to just try a different tire. I figure at less than $50 for the rear (after taxes), it's not a problem to buy one of the more expensive front tires. And I've always been a Michelin tire fan. Once I pull the rear off to slap on the CT, I'll pull apart the FD and see what's going on there too.