I spooned on a set 2 days ago and finally got a chance to get out and ride them today on paved and gravel and even some loose dirt. Compared to the Anakee III's that came on it - a world of difference in looser stuff! The bike felt planted and so much more confidence inspiring, like the D606's I used to run on my DR. Anyway, they're a little bit louder, but I don't notice them really at all with ear plugs, Schuberth C3 Pro and music playing through the Sena 10u (or even no music). Even the Anakee III's sometimes would make a terriffic racket, more than these do on certain surfaces. It was very disconcerting the first time it happened but I digress. I too noticed the carcass cuts No knobs left mentioned, I think it's because I was pretty hard on the throttle using the shift assist pro and my traction control light was going off after gear shifts, so the tires must have been slipping with the fast shifts at full throttle. I'll back off on that action, as I would like these to last 6K as advertised. They corner really well on pavement, and again, I can't say enough about the improvement on dirt/gravel. I don't know if they're the best, due to my lack of experience with other tires, but I think I'll be buying these from here out.
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