I've already decided to swap out the stock tires on my new 2010 TW for more conservative street-oriented rubber. I'm looking at the Bridgestone TW 203 and 204; Shinko also makes a street tire, the SR428. Any experience or insights about either of these?
I've also looked through the posts for a rear rack. Can the stock Yamaha rear rack be used with any of the soft saddle bag options available? I want to carry gear but I'm not going around the world. At this point, two or three day rides on the old mining roads in the San Juans in SW Colorado are all I envision.
The TW203/204 tire option will not perform well on the dirt mining roads. Can be done, but when the road surfuace is soft or muddy you'll be very limited. you'll be okay if you stick to the well-maintained roads, though.
The Yamaha rack is weak and small compared to the aftermarket racks like the Cycleracks.