And the front? Well, at the same mileage, the front was visibly cupped even, as it had plenty of center tread remaining, which is not uncommon with a front-heavy machine. FJRs (and other big sport-tourers) tend to chew up fronts, sometimes faster than they flatten rears, which was the case here. Because of the cupping, the Yamaha’s handling suffered and even had a nasty low-speed bar shake. Up to that point, the FJR handled well—neutral steering, excellent stability—on the Avons, so we can recommend the tires for lighter bikes without hesitation and even for the heftier sleds with the warning to watch inflation pressure and keep an eye on wear patterns.