After my last set of E3s down to the wear bars at 10,000 miles and cupped badly, singing loudly, I went dbl ....side. 2nd set now and no more singing.
The front is a Michelin Pilot Active rear 130/70-18 backwards, has deeper tread, and at 12,000 miles very minimal cupping just noticeable, no singing. And no cupping on the rear tire either.
My 1st set were battle ax rear on the front but it cupped starting around 8,000 miles.
I have heard the Avon tires might not be as loud as the E3s if you want to stay on the lite side. I have not run them.
In the last couple of years, I have been running Michelins on all my bikes, with the Mets and Avons as second choices. As it stands, the Michelins just seem to be da** fine tires, with good ride and good wear.
I hear great things about the new Bridgestones, but they seem to have a shorter shelf life than the Michelins and Avons. Conti's have been getting lots of good press lately as well.
One last thing, and this is strictly personal. I have despised Dunlops since my early MG Midget days. I hated their car tires, and I don't like their MC tires. The track guys love them, because that seems to be their focus, and I'm not sure why.
Don't discount Shinko either, they make really good tires as well....
I have had good results with Avon Venoms. I've been using them on my previous 1200 and now on my 94 1500. The present tires have about 8k miles on them and still no cupping yet. They run quiet and smooth and the tread still looks good. I think they should go to around 14-16k miles. I keep air pressure at about 40 psi front and rear.