yup...fasteddie... i have read all the reviews of the older shinkos on advrider.
The dude I rented the stroms from on my epic motorcycle vacation
put shinkos on all his rentals and said he had read the old stories and had never experienced any issues. I talked to numerous other riders and they all said they read the reviews and haven't experienced any tread seperations either. *needless to say, I still check the treads everytime I get on the bike.
Kawa - I wish I could have gone with the 120/90 front but there were a lot of factors that didnt fair allow me to get it. (invaders posts saying it isn't designed for the 3 inch rim and it not being tubeless.) I feel like the thinner profile would have lead to a more similar control. Saying that, the control is fine...it does feel like it is easier to lean over in turns (good and "bad" thing). Although I have not tried to take a hard turn with it leaned over and grind any pegs with the shinkos...which I do not plan to. As far as highway behavior,, it is almost identical although I would say that the stock or pirelli scorpion trails seem to want to stay upright and straight more.
The turning is what I thought when putting a much "rounder" tire on the front. Turning the bars is slightly more difficult but not hindering. I am excited to air them down to 20/25 and go on some dirt/gravel roads and report how that works.
My luggage setup is the SW Motech side racks and the SW Motech rear rack with SeaHorse 720 cases (bout $40 a piece and IMHO they are just as good). Also, If price is a factor... I got both SW Motech luggage racks from people on this forum, used. If you keep an eye peeled on twisted throttles scratch and dent section, you can find good stuff too.
*i still have to fab a little riser for the front fender.