Originally Posted by Garion12
So I need a new rear tire as it currently looks like a racing slick. I am debating about getting another Dunlop E3 rear since the front is still usable or just getting some Avon Cobras for both the front and rear or just getting the the Avon rear.
What are the opinions about mixing the E3 front and Cobra rear? I have heard that the Cobra is a softer compound, which is one of the reasons I wanted to try them.
Is it worth the total switch to Cobras? Are they that much "grippier" in twists? How do the handle water?
I ran Avon's on my Warrior (Storms) and they were fine tires, wet and dry. I got really good mileage out of them too. I also run different tires regularly as one always seems to wear out before the other. Never has been a problem.
As to being "grippier," my E3s have never come unglued. And while my front is worn to the edges, there are still nice strips of unused rubber in the rear which are inaccessible due to limited cornering clearance. Maybe that's a good thing with the front so near it's limit. Sportbikes require a lot more lean to get the front strip off than the back. A slipping rear is somewhat controllable, when the front goes it's all over.
In any event, if you try something new, don't forget to leave us a nice review.