Originally Posted by claude
The GS and many dual sport type outfits are easy to get into an understeer (front end breaking loose) in left handers under power. The front tires are pretty small in comparison to many bikes. Small contact patch = less traction. Agressive riding will exagerate wear no doubt as that smallish contact patch is working pretty hard whether actual traction is broken or not.
Echoing Claude, yes--left hand understeer a problem with my 1150GS rig. To increase my contact patch, I chose a Heidenau K60 Scout. The first 2000 miles it felt like a motorcycle tire but as the center of the tire wore down the tire became squarer and squarer and the contact patch got bigger and bigger. Here's what it looked like after 6500 miles--darn near square!
But the ride quality on pavement sucks. Definitely not a comfortable long distance touring tire, but a good compromise if you use your rig off-pavement.