The days that I can ride without really freezing my azz off, are numbered, but I'd like to report that the Full Bores have worn in, and lost that weird feeling that the new tires exhibit. My hunch is that the tire carcass really needs riding to loosen up all the layers/fibers/strands or whatever, to allow the tire to relax and react normally.
The handling feels super light, and it's really effortless to initiate direction changes. Also, the Strom's tendency to wander slightly just before
fully coming to a stop has been drastically reduced, as compared to my old tire combo - the Battlewing. I've also been leaning the bike over more and more, getting a feel for the edge grip these tires offer, and they do feel pretty good - no weird squirming when leaned over. You never know with tires that have big knob blocks, if they'll get squirmy or not, so I'm glad the tires feel nice and planted in corners when ridden at a non-crazy pace.
The 20mph buzz is still there, but it's neither annoying or detrimental to my riding enjoyment. I did have the bike on the highway, at 80+ mph, and was really quite surprised by how smooth rolling the tires felt. There was none of the vibration I expected to find, going at such speeds on a semi-knobby like this - I could not tell that I was riding on a semi-knobby tire, and it felt like a normal street tire. And, taking dirt roads home on my commute is now something to be looked forward to, instead of an excercise in white knuckle frustration that sometimes was the case when I had the Battlewings on the bike. The increase in dirt traction is very noticeable, when compared to regular street tires, or even very mild dual sport tires like the BW's. I feel immeasurably more secure on dirt, knowing I can at least brake a bit hard, and take some evasive maneuvers if a deer, or raccoon, or even a squirrel tries to jump out in front of me. That's the main reason I got these tires, because I always felt like if I got into a 'situation' on a dirt road, I'd be severely compromised with my options if I were riding on my old Battlewings.
The only remaining odd
sensation that I notice is that when one banks the bike into a curve, a bit of active countersteering is required to bring the bike back out of the curve. The bike doesn't seem to want to bring itself out of a corner naturally. I never had to do this with the Battlewings - it's as if the "self righting
" feature of the bike is disabled with the Full Bores. It could be the triangular tire profile vs a more rounded profile (Battlwing), it doesn't affect performance in any way, but it is a noticeable, but subtle effect. I do find that if I help steer by using my hips, as well as countersteering, the bike does effortlessly complete corners with little or no thought.
All in all, I'm way more than pleased with these tires. The low price, great dirt road handling, and surprisingly smooth street feel makes for a great tire. I will admit, I was a bit terrified at moments when the tires were new and exhibited the weird break-in handling oddities and thought I'd made a serious mistake!, but now that it's all resolved itself, I find I'm confident riding with these tires. I would buy these again, now that I know what to expect!