Just put new shoes on my XR a couple months ago, went with the E3s again...keep hearing good about the 'Stones...getting a little buyer's remorse.
I wouldn't get too down. I think the E3s are just fine too. The Stones are a bunch cheaper though. I have had that disconnected feeling on wet roads with the E3s. And it's weird because they don't always feel like that. I think it's either due to rain not fully washing oils off the road or maybe just a different asphalt in different places.
As to the Stones, when I originally got them I just put on the rear tire and it seemed to follow irregularities in the road a lot and break loose in tight corners too. As it's got some miles on it, it seems much better now. It did slip around a couple of times on wet tar snakes, paint, oil or something, but in general, they inspired a lot of confidence.
One thing that is different about them is the wear. I used to wear the front E3 out to the edges, but there was still about a half inch chicken strip at the edges of the rear. The Stones wear just the opposite and more like every sportbike tire I've ever used. The rears wear to the edge, but there is still about a half inch of untouched margin on the front tires.
In either case, there seems to be plenty of grip for the lean angles the bike is capable of achieving.
I do think the E3s were a little more confidence inspiring on high speed sweepers. The Stones feel like they just move around more. Not that "on a rail" feeling that is so desirable. Not mortifying, just not as good. Wouldn't stop me from buying them again though.
I have not had an issue with my cruise control at all. Anyone know what the fail point is?
Before I left, I thought someone had said that Vic had waterproofed the enclosure. If mine don't come back tomorrow, I'll be taking it in for an extended warranty repair. I'll report what I learn, should I need to go that route.
Surprised me a bit when you said Ohio has good Mexican food. But then I caught myself because southern Idaho has good Mexican food too, and no one expects that, either.
No puerco! What kind of self respecting Mescan cook don't make the puerco!