It's time to bid farewell to my long-term Interceptor. Overall, I've found there's a pretty sizeable aftermarket for the VFR and it's a smart choice for riders looking for a versatile mount. In 16 months and 8000 miles of use here at the magazine, clearly the most interesting phenomenon was tire life-or the lack thereof. While the majority of my daily commute consists of mind-numbing lane-splitting, 20-plus minutes each way is twisty sickness. Twice a day, five days a week, I commute on some of L.A.'s finest canyon roads: Mulholland, Latigo, Piuma and others. While I don't pretend to be a fantastic street rider, the weight of the bike, combined with my steadily improving skills and a few thousand corners, added up to a stack of roasted front tires. Three different brands saw the same result; 2000 to 2500 miles is about all they're good for. The latest was perhaps the least logical: Metzeler's Sportec M-1s are built more for performance than long life. Predictably, these were the most confidence-inspiring early on, but their lifespan was the shortest thus far, worn bald halfway from the center to the edges where most sane canyon riding is done. One of Metzeler's sport-touring radials would have been a better choice. A fourth set of tires is on the bike now, but it will be back at Big Red before we can send them to that rubbery place in the sky.