Cap'n thanks for the reply. I looked at a bunch of reviews on this tire and it seems it was better suited to a "cruiser" type of moto. I knew this going in and had no pretense that this was a performance tire. It was cheap though! The main purpose of this bike is get me back to riding again, and get my skills back hopefully! I have not regularly ridden a moto in almost 30 years! I needed tires that would get me going cheaply/safely and will likely never ride this VF500 in a "balls out" fashion. Besides, the wife would kill me if I got killed on a moto!