Just curious, how are the Full Bore re road noise and vibration?
First ride, 12 miles into work on a meandering country two lane tarmac road. I did take it easy, for I want to wear off the slippery mold release compound. The guy who mounted them aire'd em up to Suzuki's factory PSI for the stock bridgestones, so I have yet to mouse around with air pressures, so I gotta do a little research on the ideal air pressures for these Full Bores.
I swapped these for some squared off + worn out Bridgestone Battlewings. My first impression is that the bike wants to drop into a turn when you go off center. It was a little unnerving at first! I thought the tire was slipping out from under me, or that I'd forgotten to tighten the axle~!, but it seems to be a characteristic of the more pronounced V-shape of the front tire (and my yet to be resolved air pressure settings
). Others have mentioned this trait, with the very similar Shinko 705 tire. At my office building's long access drive, I was doing some slow S-turns, to get a better feel for the tire, and wear off some of the mold-release. You definitely can feel, ever so slightly, the large tread blocks squirm a bit, under rigorous side to side transitions - which is very understandable, considering it's a near-knobby. Race slicks, these are not!
Straight line tracking is there - very uneventful. No need to provide for any tiny little corrections - it just kinda guides itself straight. That's nice. As for vibes, due to the tread design? At speed, I got up to around 65mph, and the only thing I noticed was if I really concentrated, I could sense a touch of vibration, where there was none before when I ran the Battlewings. But, it's very negligible, and not a bother at all. You'll notice differences in pavement, before noticing this barely detectable tread vibe. The only time I noticed a vibration of any clear measure, was upon deceleration - between 15-25 mph (?), you can feel/hear the "BBBbbbbzzzzzz" of the knobby tread. I kinda liked that! It was a non-visual reminder that you've reached a certain speed when braking. Other than that, the tires are quite smooth, as quiet at speed as a regular road tire, and while just cruising around, I forgot I had a knobby tire on. Good grip too when goosing the bike up a hill off a dead stop.
But, until I wear away the slippery mold-release coating, I'll yet to give em a full thrashing. I also want to play with the air pressure and see how it affects the carcass shape/cross section regarding road feel. I hope to take my dirt road route home tonight and see how they feel on the dirty side of things......stay tuned.