John, I did the same thing....read for a year, then went for the Kumho. I have been extremely happy with it. I also love the front tire. I think you will really like the setup. Looking forward to your reports.opcorn:Here is my $0.02 worth.
I sat on the fence for a year.
I studied the spec. and appearance of every tire out there that would fit.
Being a 'European American' to be PC, (I'm English actually....) I'm very familiar with Pirelli, Michelin, Avon etc, and indeed worked in the tire trade many years ago. For cars I typically use Michelin's as I just like em, and they're the bollocks..
But for the bike I was flummoxed.
I ordered the Kumho RF simply because it's tread pattern is perfectly symmetrical, and I think was one of, if not the only one with this quality.
It should have arrived today, but Monday is now the day. Can't wait.