Could it just be the tire? I don't feel the "tipping point" with a BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S XL.
Sketchiest it ever felt to me was today, for about 20 miles en-route to the Mississippi River, where they had ground grooves into the road in preparation for a new layer. Initially felt like I was off road, with ruts moving me where they pleased. I played with it a little, and just stopped caring. Even swerving side to side or going no handed; that little bit of play wasn't hurting anything. Approaching 4,500 miles since the change; and I remain in love with it!
Definitely. This is the BFG g-force I have on the Rune. Notice the very rounded edge (almost like a motorcycle tire at the edge), one of the reasons I picked this tire when I went darkside on the Rune more than a decade ago. It is also an ultra-performance summer tire, so super-soft and sticky. It works magnificiently on the Rune, but no 195/55R17 available for the K1600:
You might want to experiment with different tire pressures to address the squirminess.
Had pumped it up to 42 psi while the tire was still warm, after my initial ride, knowing that was not going to be enough because the tire was warm.
Pumped it up to 42 psi cold tire pressure today and went for a ride. MUCH better. Little-to-no squirminess. Much more predicatble handling. Handles closer to how the BFG g-force on the Rune handles. Not quite as unnoticeable, but much better than it was.
Some riders like to run them closer to 32-34 psi in order to create more flex and a larger contact patch.
That just never worked for me...
The "squirmy" was at 36 psi (cold tire pressure), when leaned over in a corner at high speed. If there was no solution for that, I probably would have put an MC tire back on.
I have run 42 in the CT on the Rune for over a decade, despite other darksiders liking to run lower pressures.
Going to stick with 42 on the K1600 too.
I actually ran some interpolations based on the load ratings at max psi of this tire (vs. OEM) and came up with the proper pressure being ~41 psi for this model tire on the K1600. Since spec is 42 and I am a big guy / heavy load anyway. just going to keep testing at 42 and will likely stay there unless I encounter some reason not to stay at 42.
Pirelli Snowcontrol 3 -- 195/55R17 - fits, without a spacer!
It is a TIGHT fit. It rubs on both sides while squeezing it into position. Did not remove the exhaust--put it in through the back. Once mounted and torqued, no rubbing while on the center stand. Took it out ran it up to ~70, did some gentle turns, and brought it back to inpsect for any rubbing or issues. I forgot to check the tire pressure. Turns out the shop that mounted it on the rim aired it up to 51 psi--way too much pressure. Let it down to 42 psi and will be doing some more testing, but so far looks like this one works!
Have you checked again to make sure no rubbing?
I'm installing my Pirelli Snowcontrol 3 this afternoon.
I'm hoping for the same good luck with mine!!!!!