So I've had a pair of these on my Swing for about 3,600 miles now, that's 4 weeks of commuting from Hayling Island to Watford at 900 miles a week ish.
And I have to say, whilst I confess I had severe reservations as they are Crossply tyres, definitely not Bias belt or Radial, they are pretty good.
They don't "like" raised white lines on the M25/M3 junction southbound, or the built in tramlines between the junctions, they make the bike "tram line" especially in the wet. They aren't fond of metal manhole covers either for that matter.
But I had occasion to show a pair of Power Ranger clad "Sundays and Sunny days" crotch rocket riders "Look we can go fast in a straight line" herberts how to take corners on a bike, and whilst the bike is a bit fidgety when banked over, I did manage to scrape the centre stand on the right hand side, probably because of road camber.
But that interference means I will never get the chicken strips off completely sadly. Shame, I was so close...
And even in the wet, whilst the brakes aren't brilliantly responsive, the bike does hang on, only two "skides" in the slightly torrential rain we had last Wednesday here. The kind of rain where the tyre tracks you leave behind fill up immediately.
And one of them was because I was pushing the envelope a bit. A front end lock up for about a foot maybe? Felt like much more but easing off the lever it just got on with it.
As for wear? Well. Can't really say they are ever lasting, but I still have 5mm on the rear, so probably about three more weeks of commuting, I tend to replace at 3mm anyway.
However. The bike is very "cold". My legs get cold, my ankle especially which is a problem as it's been broken recently, my hands get cold and wet, so I need to look into hand grip wind deflectors, maybe plumb my heated waistcoat in, install heated grips before too long.
Will I fit these tyres again? Yes. Because my "research" kind of indicates that the bike was designed for either Bias belt or Crossply type tyres and the extra grip Radials might give would over whelm the standard suspension.
The rest of the bike, well it's better than I was expecting, good enough that I am looking for a more "not hammered in London" version, preferably with ABS. I just cannot believe how much stuff I can get in the "boot" under the seat. Best I've managed so far, an A4 file, an A3 laminator, my coat, sandwiches, a 1/2 inch drive Bahco socket set, a two pint bottle of milk and I just had enough room for two chocolate bars. Which wasn't a good idea, they were ever so slightly squidgy when I got to work..
Fuel consumption I'm getting circa 48mpg, it will sit at 8,500 bouncing of the tacho all day if I let it, but those kinds of speeds are getting a bit silly these days. Wish the tank was a bit bigger so I could do the 180 mile round trip on one fill instead of needing to top it off...
Brakes aren't exactly "state of the art" either. But I have to presume Honda did their sums when they specced the front disc, it could do with being a little bit larger so it could produce more slowing down torque for less effort. Presumably any bigger and it compromised the balance? Or the disc is that size because Honda already had them in the parts bin. Answers on a post card...
I had to get a new screen for it, couldn't see naff all through the old scratched to heck one... And it really doesn't like supermarket fuel, it developed a "miss fart" from stationary tickover on initial pick up, a kind of "Duh. Durrr" flat spot effect. Cured by feeding it proper fuel.
What would I like? A bit quicker off the mark. I keep getting my backside wiped by Tesla's...