About a year ago, I threw caution to the wind, ignored Honda engineers, and went withan Avon 70 series rear tire. I had heard the stories about that tire delaminating, but after 5000 miles on it all seemed to be going well. About 6000 miles into a 8000 mile trip, I woke up to a flat rear tire. I figured a dynabead got lodged in the valve stem because there were no obvious signs of damage. I reinflated the tire and off I went. Nervous about potential air loss, I stopped frequently to check tire pressure. After a few hours on I-70 and in the middle of farm country we decided to hit some back roads. Upon exiting the interstate, I stopped to check the tire. As soon as I turned the bike off, I could hear the air escaping the rear tire. Sure enough the tread was separating. 1000 miles from home, 8:00pm on a Saturday Night, and the closest store was a Wal Mart 95 miles away. I plugged Wal Mart into my GPS and limped on at 10mph. In a small Nebraska farm town, the only motorcycle shop was not open on Sunday (the nice folks at Wal Mart even called the owner at home). Low on options...I went to the DARKSIDE. Got my Goodyear 205/55/16, and threw my Wing up on the center stand right there in the Wal Mart lot. Based on the stories, I figured my best chance to get it mounted was having the wheel off the bike. Despite my pleadings, the folks at the local Wal Mart refused to mount the CT on my rim. They called around and found a farm and tractor supply company with a tire changer. My buddy threw the rim and tire on the back of his Wing and off he went. 1/2 an hour later, I was officially a darksider. The 1500 miles home was a great opportunity to get used to the CT "feel" and I must admit...It felt great. With about 3k miles on my CT, I'm sold and will not go back. When I hear comments about dying a firey death....I think of what might have happed had I not gotten off the freeway when I did.