...Any name brand tire will work fine...
+1 Perhaps the best tire advice you'll get on an mc forum.
I'm a Michelin guy, myself. Brother-in-law works as a car tire inspector for them. Despite that :mrgreen:, their QC is incredible - 100%, non-statistical x-ray and hand-inspected followed by random statistical tests. Should one tire ever fail the latter (very rare and usually due to human slackness or error) the inspector is in trouble and the whole batch goes back through the process again.
That said, I think there is far more varied opinion than actual variation in name-brand modern tires. Here, folks generally love the Anakee 3s. I loved the A2s, but haven't been that impressed by the 3s - squirrelly front on sand, gravel, and clay, unimpressive wet traction. On the GS section of advrider, many suggest the A3 is the worst abomination ever to be called a tire - not at all consistent with my highly favorable experience. Different bikes, yes, but I suspect mostly different opinions. And we all know about opinions. I had PR2s, and they were good on the street, not so much on unpaved roads.
Within a tire class, probably only you can form a useful opinion for yourself, as I did with the A2s - I thought I would never buy another brand/model. Of course, when it came time for replacement, they weren't making them any more.