The Best Tire I've Ever Bought, Period.
I have over 50k miles on my '07 Vulcan 2K, at least half of which were when riding 2 up. The size and weight of my beloved big ole bike, together with my 'need-for-speed' riding style, creates what I've always felt is an unnaturally short lifespan for tires. It just seems like a tire - pretty much any tire - should last longer than 7,000 miles. I won't mention specific brands or prices, but so far I've tried 6, including 1 that cost significantly less (-%25), and 1 that was more than double. I live in the DFW area now, and in the 3 months since I bought my set of Exedra Max tires I've ridden to Galveston, and I just got back from my 5th roundtrip to Shreveport, in addition to normal almost daily riding around town. Now that I'm approaching what has historically been around 1/3rd of my tires lifespan, I can report 2 relevant areas where these Exedra Max are noticeably different from any other tire I've tried. First, I could probably come up with something to say about dry pavement traction (dude these new skins stick like glue!), but although I've been known to ride it like one, my big Kawasaki is definitely no crotch rocket. And since the steel belts are typically visible by the time I get around to replacing them, any new tire with fresh tread makes my bike feel like it's brand new. So I'm probably not the best source of info about how these tires will make your bike handle on the drag strip. BUT!...if you're riding your drag bike to the strip in the pouring rain these tires are absolutely the ones you want. I hate riding in the rain, but am always prepared to do so, and with living in Texas, I've done it a lot. With these new Exedra Max tires I have never felt even remotely as comfortable riding in the rain. My Dad gave me my first dirt bike when I was 8, and I've never been without some kind of motorcycle since. It's no big deal, but I know I've logged way more highway miles on a bike than the average rider, and for the first time ever I actually forgot to worry about traction in the rain with these tires. Before when it's raining I've been the guy hugging the right-hand shoulder at 55mph on I-20 in the rain while even 18-wheelers are blowing past me. With these tires I'm completely comfortable riding with the flow of traffic no matter how hard it's coming down. If you've ridden a cruiser down the interstate in the pouring rain then you know that's saying something! The second way these tires are different is tread life, and here's how I can tell: a guy at the dealership told me years ago that it's caused by lots of what he called 'straight-line riding' (to which I was like, You mean road trips?), but all the other tires I've tried have quickly developed a fairly pronounced flat spot, especially on the rear where it becomes very noticible within the first thousand miles. I have 2500 miles on these Exedra Max tires and the flat spot is barely visible. I can't say for sure if that will ultimately result in significantly longer tread life overall, but it sure does look like it might. And you know, these tires really DO grip the road every bit as good as any other I've used...even the crazy expensive set I tried several sets ago, which tells me the rubber compound they use isn't especially harder than most others. I've ridden these tires way hard. At least as hard as I have during any other 3-month period since I first bought my Vulcan new 8 years ago, and they definitely appear to be wearing much better than anything else I've used. The best rain performance of any tire I've personally ever used, plus what's looking like might end up being the longest lasting tire I've used, leads me to pronounce these new Exedra Max tires as the Best Motorcycle Tire I've Ever Bought, period.