My gal has a VFR400- it has slightly unusual tyre sizes. It came with mismatched, worn tyres two years ago. We replaced them, but only GPR70 production race tyres were availabe as a pair- not from the shop, from the distributors. So, even though she does not want proddy race tyres for her slow commuting and freeway work, they went on. They are now in need of replacement, after months of dubious handling/steering because they wore flat in the centre. Our local shop has a GPR100 rear- good tyre, just the thing. But now as it was two years ago, and as it often was back when I worked in bike shops in the late 90s, there is no easy access to a pair. Rego is due next Wednesday and we need a front as well. Other distridutors are not much better: either they don't bring in the appropriate tyres or they can't keep stock. My question to distributors: How freaking hard is it to keep in stock pairs of tyres?! For a not-that-rare bike? Do we have to buy the next-next set of tyres now, because you'll be out of stock next time, too? Or should we order months in advance becasue despite computers you can't manage your stock? Or would a distributor like to suggest alternative, available, appropriate tyres?