Thanks. There are 4 or 5 guys with Tbirds at that "other place" that are running these, some with the stock metz front and some with the Avon cobra front. They all say it handles as good or better and at least one is up past 8000 miles on his and says it looks like it's got a good amount left. heck, if i just got 8k that would be enough reason right there. Might get a cobra front when the time comes, tho it supposedly has some snakeskin pattern on the sidewall so i'd have to see that before i buy because i don't want that kind of cheeziness on my bike. No skulls and flames either...this ain't no harley !!!