My Shinko 705 tires were getting very worn down, and as those of you who also use these tires know, they get incredibly howl'y at around 40-50mph when they wear down. Also, the knobs were cupping and wearing unevenly along the leading edge of the knob (when braking). While good on the dirt roads, they do wear in a way that not only makes the handling get a bit weird, but the noise is unbearable on pavement.
Time for a change - I ended up getting some very gently used Metzeler Tourance NEXT, from a guy on the Stromtrooper classifieds. I'd read some mixed reviews on these tires online, so I'm glad I got to try these tires without plunking down full-price! That said, I absolutely LOVE these tires, for they completely transformed how my vstrom handles in the corners. They feel as if you're riding an invisible berm, and once you set it at an angle, it's there - no need to micro adjust trajectory thru a corner as I found myself doing with the 705's. They do have a bit of an initial low-speed 'turn-in' effect, but once you get used to this peculiarity, it's no issue and actually feels a bit like a steering assit which I kinda like now. Smooth, quiet, and super grippy in the corners - also great in the wet, which I found out during many rainy commutes this summer.
The biggest surprise of all is how well they do on the same dirt/gravel roads I ride. The sure-footedness they exhibit on the pavement, remains once you get onto the dirt/gravel. I dare say, they perform better than the 705's, just from how they feel thru the handlebar. All in all, when these finally wear out (they wear like iron too), I'm definitely getting another pair.