So, we headed up to Merritt this weekend for some camping, and I was in the shop just before we left for new front wheel bearings on the 929. As we were putting the wheel back on, it we noticed that the Pilot Power 2CT I had on the front was past the wear bars.
Not wanting to ride 1000+ km on a tire that already needed replacing, we put a Vee-Rubber Edge on just to tide me over as that was all I could get before I left, and put Ride-on in so it wouldn't need balancing.
I broke them in relatively gently as usual and then rode them up the Coquhalla to Merritt. Everything seemed fine for the first 500ish km - they were fairly sticky even when leaned over well at speed, and I didn't notice any odd turn-in issues. I'm not sure I like the profile of the tire as much as the 2CT, but it seemed to be a perfectly serviceable touring-ish tire.
However, once we got into Merritt and started up the rough little road up to Monck Park where the campsite was, I started to notice a bit of a wiggle in the front end at around 80kph. As the weekend progressed and I got up towards 750km on the tire during our day trip through Kamloops and back, it started to get worse and worse. By the time I got home tonight, the wobble was noticeable at 75kph, quite bad through 80kph, and fine again once I got to 90kph. Seems to be only at that speed range, 75 through 85kph. It's easily controllable with my hands on the bars, and doesn't seem to feed back on itself to produce a tank-slapper as I can still ride a straight line with my hands off the bars, but it's very disconcerting.
I checked several times to make sure my tire pressure was normal as I thought it might be an underinflation issue, but it was bang on every time.
Anyone else had experience with these tires? Did I just happen to get a defective one that slipped through the QA process?
I never had any issues whatsoever with the Michelins I've run on the 929 before, and before I put this Vee-rubber tire on, the front end was rock steady at any speed. Unless it turns out to be something odd like a bent rim or defective Ride-on, I'll most likely dump this tire and go back to Michelin ASAP. I'm not exactly Rossi, but I do like to feel comfortable and confident on my tires, and the Michelins have never let me down. A nice Pilot Road 3 to match the rear, perhaps. Maybe I'll just keep the Vee-rubber as a spare.