Edited post: Hankook 205 50 17 K110 on my DL1k after a 1500 mile trip from Kansas to Duluth, MN and back in less than 2 days
Pros: Great inline traction and super stability in vertical axis. Great Grip and smooth acceleration. Great braking response and when the rear brake is hit hard very little if any tendency to have the rear wheel come around or lay over, that was most impressive. Being from Kansas the wind on the interstates, and most every where else in Kansas, is bad and with the CT the lateral stabilization and wind resistance is exponentially improved. Simply put the bike stays more upright and you dont move across the lane as easily as you do with a MC tire. This equates to an easier ride with less fatigue from constant steering correction. Semi truck blast is lessened when passing or being passed by them. In both cases this equates to a safer ride. The wear factor is excellent. 1500 miles and there is no MEASURABLE (micrometer measured) tread loss with in 2 SD of the mean. When you come to a hard stop at a light and are heavy on the front brake there is less chance that the bike dives hard in the lean angle if your forks are slightly turned...in other words, the bike wants to stay more upright. This can be a safer issue because the truth be told when you are at the end of a ride and are tired and it is cold the reflexes are not what they are when you are fresh, so there may be less chance of having a butt clincher wake up getting your foot down.
Cons: True enough, I wont lie, cornering is not the same. You do have a tendency to make wider corners because the tire wants to go straight. You have to add more countersteering to make the bike follow the line. Slow speed radius locked bar turning is a bit harder but still very doable with some adjustment. People intrusiveness is increased, "What kind of tire is that?" I got a lot of that on this trip. I tell them, and they look at me like I have 2 heads and 20 foot dick dragging behind me.
Final conclusions, I have noticed that many who consider themselves MC riders put less then 10k miles on a bike in a year most likely they only put on maybe 3k over the summer. They go out and think they are riders when they do twisties on the dragons back in NC or some such canyon carving. Whoopie, 218 curves in 11 miles, a CT is not for you guys. My MC is loaded down with Happy Trail paniers full of gear, I wear ATGATT, Aerostich, Sidi boots and when i go for a ride, it is 1500 to 3k miles in a weekend. Most of my driving is Interstate super slab or nice beautiful 2 lane back roads with great scenery. Dont get me wrong i love the twisities also and for that I have a Honda ST1300. The ST is my work bike that i commute on when im on remote jobs. On that there is not better than ME880s, great tires great wear and responsive on the HEAVIER bike. But, after the CT on the DL1k, I just may try he CT on the ST if im going coast to coast to Coast or on one of those 5k vacations where I dont want to goof off on the twisties. Hey im an Old fart, 57 years old but incase you have not noticed the mean age of the IBA Rallies, think 40-50 not 20 to 30. Any way, A CT is not for everyone, and it is not for every kind of riding, but if you know the limits of your machine and go into the decision knowing what the limitations are, then it may be for you if you want to 1) Have less tire expense both in cost and frequent changing expenses, 2) Better inline traction for windy interstate or windy flat land riding, 3) Know that it is not the ideal twisty tire but for the most part is GREAT for touring.
What motivated me to even entertain a CT for the DL1k? Next year, 2012 Alaska for a month is on my itinerary. I did not want to add $700 to the budget for tire and changes plus the added or loss of a day to get the work done. Im buying a new Tourance front tire and going with the Hankook rear tire. I will put 12 to 15k mile on the weighted down DL and should not have to change tires, but I expect the Tourance to be shot when I return home..