I don't like change. When I find a tyre that I agree with and it agrees with me I tend to stick (pun intended) with them. I've run Michelin Pilot Powers since 2006. Loved them. Sticky tyre, tonne of confidence, could throw the bike around with them on no worries at all. However, what I did find with the Michelins is that they "distort" for some reason they go out of shape . When running your hands over the tyre it feels like the tyre is out of round. I haven't noticed any issues with vibrations or etc. The other thing I found with them is that they always have a line running all the way around the tyre, like a seam but not, hard to describe. Time came to get some new rubber for the 2010 Tassie Trip. I call E2W and ask for a set of Pilot Powers. Got a price, all good. Then I asked, "is there anything that is as sticky as the powers that may last a little longer?" I was destroying a set of tyres in around 3,000km after a trip to Tassie. The shop suggested that I try a set of Conti Sport Attacks. I ummed and ahhed, I read review after review and decided that it would be best if I stuck with the devil that I knew. I didn't want to be in Tassie riding at my 10/10ths with unknown rubber underneath me. The decision was made easier when a fellow rider/member (Pnut) advised me to stay away from the Conti's as they were horrible when he tried them and to go the Pirelli Super Corsa's. Bugger it, I'll stick with the powers. Then I thought, hang on, everyone who runs them in the USA and in EU actually swear by them. BMW actually fir them as OEM on the K1200R and a few other models. Which I thought was a fair "plug" for them You know what, you only live once and you have to try everything once right? OK, Conti Sport Attacks it was. If anything, I would ride Tassie at a much more sedate pace taking in the scenery if they were not up to scratch. So I go to the bike shop, have a set of Sport Attacks fitted and ride the 30km home. The bike did not move for 30 or so days. I did not want to commute on them at all before Tassie. The day to sail to Tassie is here. Load the bike up and ride it the 30km to the ferry. Get off at Devonport and take off for the epic ride to Hobart, the LONG way (along the East Coast). Just out of Devonport and the first set of twisty corners that I encounter, I gingerly tip it into a corner, find the exit and screw on a heap of throttle. I experience an ever so slight slide of the rear. hmmmm, don't think it was a good idea going the Conti's. Sedate pace for the next 20km or so until I forgot about the rubber underneath me. I was wrapping it on reasonably hard out of each corner whilst leant over and it stayed very planted. Then I thought about the rubber, "hmmm, they feel ok" so I decided to see if I could find their limit. I failed. I got to my limit before the tyres limit so I was pretty happy. Don't get me wrong, I'm far from a fast rider. My knee sliders are still virginal. But I do get the bike over a fair bit. My chicken strips can be measured in mm not inches As Dannyboy stated after the first day, "How you didn't scrape anything on that last left hander is beyond me, there was virtually no daylight between you and the road" (shhh, I did scrape the left footpeg feeler). Now each and every time I was exiting a corner, I was screwing on a heap of throttle and the tyres failed to break traction. No matter how far over I was leaning, there was just an absolute bucket load of grip on offer. At each stop I'd check the tyres and could see that they were working hard as they were graining all over the place. I kept running my hand over the tyres and they did not feel as if they were going out of shape like the Powers. Early days yet I know. With each and every day that we rode the confidence was sky high when on the Conti's. Brilliant tyre in the dry, really sticky, heat up quickly, confidence inspiring. Everything you would want in a tyre right? Well, that was the dry test, now for the wet test. The heavens delivered what we asked for and we were off to Southport. Once in Huonville, I had the bike in 1st gear on a wet road so I gassed it up and the rear was stepping out. 2nd gear, much the same. 3rd gear, same. Hmmm, not the best in the wet it would seem. Perhaps moving at crawling speed because of all the traffic had them cool down too much? Once out of Huonville we started to pick up the pace. I was screwing on a bit more throttle each time I exited a corner and to my surprise there was grip, a good amount of grip. So with each turn, more throttle. I quickly got to the point where I wasn't thinking too much about the tyres breaking traction. They passed the wet roads test with flying colours. Their profile is fairly steep like the powers and they wanted to turn very quickly until the tyre flattened out a little to remove the sudden "tip in" factor. A week later and after 3000km, the rear is almost at the point where it needs to be replaced. I think another 1500km and it will be curtains for the rear. The front has held up considerably well. After running the hand over the tyre, there is no out of round feeling that I used to get with the powers. So in summary, the first little slide would have been from the fact that they were not fully scrubbed in yet. In the dry, they stick like glue. In the wet, they stick like glue. They wear better than the Powers. They wear evenly unlike the powers. They are priced on par with the powers. Powers $539, Conti's $538. They are my new favourite tyre. Pnut, you must have had a dodgy set because they don't slip and slide as you described. Once back from Tassie I saw a friend who was running the Street Attacks (pilot road equivalents) and she too was stocked by them. I'd recommend them to anyone. Well done Continental.