I am running Michelin P3 aspen 195/55/16 RUN FLAT on the rear, and Bridgestone Battleax 130/70/18 on the front.
My major reasons for going this way are 1) RIDE FLAT - I love the idea that the bike can ride with NO air in the rear tire, and 2) TRACTION. More rubber on the road, particularly in the rain. I run the front in the forward direction, not buying the braking logic, but going for the water being forced AWAY from the tire, instead of INTO it.
The extra mileage I get on these tires, for me, is a bonus. I put both tires on my bike at 22,500 miles. I had to change the front at 37,500, but more because of cupping than being worn out. I have 45,000 on the bike now and they both look great.
Most of my mileage is freeway, commuting to work, but on the weekends I do hit the curves and I hit them pretty hard, sometimes 2 up.
Did I mention that I can ride the bike with NO air in the rear tire???? For me, that's BIGTIME!
ALSO, I have FOBO tire pressure warning devices. GREAT piece of mind knowing that the pressure is right, just by looking at the cell phone. Best $100 I ever spent!
This is sensible IMHO. Great combo choice.
Reasons why I don't darkside again...yet:
While I am on the road this Summer, I don't want to have to deal with looking for someone to install a CT on my rim/bike.
In actuality, I prefer the feel of a motto tire. I darksided when it was a sin against the Apostles of Honda and the Nation in general. If you look on the list of darksider members I am # 3. I was in the front lines of the battle for acceptance back into the Flock of Honda.
I just gave up the habit for the motto tire feel.
I may go back to Darksiding after I have to change a couple of tire set and get fed up with the motto tire durability and prices again. I 'll be home with the bike and I would then know where to take it to install the CT etc.
As of now, I am shopping for a sensible durable motto tire set.
So far, it seems like only one person is using the BT45 with a motto rear.
I might try that 704Max recommended earlier.