After 600 miles, I rate stock tires to be close the Michelin Pilot tires I had on my Hawk GT (even the size is close to the same). Tread pattern about the same too. When I wear out the rear time, I will put on most likely go to Michelin dual compound for long wear.Tires are 17" Metzlers, Z rated tires they have excellent grip.
The wheels actually were designed to provide a more comfortable ride, that Y shape makes the difference.
Yeah; it's a shame. It's another one of those items that is hard to shop for to get the performance, durability, and value one expects, because, like so may other products (especially with respect to riding gear), there is no clear-cut way to figure out what is good or bad or medium without spending money to find out. Seems like there is no consensus on anything MC related. Very frustrated for a sophomore rider like myself who doesn't know much.On a lot of forums, tires are like oil. Many have their own reasons for using a particular brand.