I saved his email so if he doesn't follow up i will forward it to him to jar his memory and say "do you recall this conversation, and if so did you find out anything since you got back?"
I need a new rear tire YESTERDAY and i really don't look forward to yet another 4000 miles for $230. (about $200 shipped+$30 mounting if i removed wheel myself) I can put 4 friggin tires on my car for $600 and the last set is still going strong at 30,000 miles ! I get the whole "car tires don't need to be as soft" thing, but then why not $100 fr a bike tire since they wear so damn fast ! I mean, in the time i wear out a $600 set of car tires i've spent close to $2500 on tires for the Tbird ! And thats doing the removal and install myself unlike my car. That would be another $500 at least for all those tire bringing it to a grand total of $3000. You're looking at more than the cost of the bike itself after it's lifetime, and thats only if it lasts only 150K which is low for a water cooled bike. AND, thats assuming my car tires were done at 30k. They will easily go another 10-20k, as they look about 1/2 done. So considering all that this thing is jaw dropping expensive to buy tires for. I thought my speedmaster was bad at 9k per rear. thats almost double what i'm getting now.