What's up all?
So yesterday I finally got my new tires slapped on, after a week long wait to get them in. The tires I chose are Continental Road attacks, here's a link if you wanna check em out...
If you type Conti Road Attack into google, you will get a couple of good reviews from other folks, specifically from VFR world and Canyon Chasers.
Initially I was attracted to the unique look of these tires, but being a rather aggressive rider, needed to find out if they worked well. After reading a couple of reviews from folks who seemed like they could ride at least as well and probably better than me, I decided to go with them. Mine were paid for as part of a prepaid maintenance program, but the cost for the dealer was around $138 for the rear, and $118 for the front.
Now that I've filled you in on all the boring stuff, let me tell you how they work.
In a word, phenomenal!
Upon first sitting on the bike, the bars seemed a bit heavier to move, I assume partially due to the fact that these tires are a bit grippier. Pulling away, the heavy feeling continued, which was a bit of a surprise to me, after the reviews I read, I expected uber quickness out of them....read on. Much like another review, I noticed much better shock absorption from these tires, they make the bike far less bouncy (I have my suspension set pretty heavy on the preload) and transmit far less road nastiness to me. I read this is due to the heavy construction of these tires, makes sense. So off to the supreme pretzel works of on and off ramps of the area to get them scrubbed in a bit. First one, good, no traffic, and Holy f*****g s**t!!! These things tip in well, and once you get them in, they stay where you put them. I felt like I could drag my peg and wave with one hand, no problem!!! These tires are VERY stable, the complete opposite of those trash Dunlops (I've hated Dunlop ever since I found out how rancid they made my YZF feel). On this bike and on my YZF, the Dunlops made my bike feel nervous and hard to control. The Contis take some getting used to after coming off the Ds, as instead of fighting to keep the bike on a line, you have to learn to get them where you want them, and then just let the bike follow your line. If you need to change it a bit, no problem, a bit o' love on the bars, or a little body english, and pow, corrections made!!! Whereas I felt like I had to remain very still and keep very light on the bars with the Ds to avoid upsetting the bike mid corner, the Contis are stable enough for you to make corrections without the bike wobbling about, and still feel very responsive. Then off to the local mountain passes and highways...Several times I found myself initially going deeper into a corner than needed, as the bike just goes down so easily now. The grip on these things is amazing, I had the Ds for about 6k miles, and still had chicken strips (albeit tiny ones) on them!!! These took 50 miles to get edge to edge (barely) and 60 for me to scrape a peg!!! Not that I would recommend this as an intelligent scrub in practice... I've gotten about 200 miles on them and will report back on how they wear if anyone is interested. As usual, here's some pics for ya to oogle!