Uncle Turbo, That's What I Was Thinking The Last Time I Shopped For Quiet Tires For The Bonneville.
I thought I would need a less aggressive tread with smaller gaps, etcetera. I was wrong, though. I bought some Uniroyals that have a more aggressive tread than I had. They've got wider gaps and really work great in our nasty winter weather, but they're nice and quiet. They have a long wear rating, too. When I couldn't decide what to buy, I bought them on recommendation from a guy at the tire store.
I wonder if today's technology used in designing, testing and manufacturing tires makes it possible to have good traction, long wear, good ride & handling, and still run quietly ?
I do know when selecting tires that the ratings are both helpful and tricky and a good wet traction rating doesn't mean that dry traction is good or that the tire's good in snow. Also, one cannot compare a wear rating from one manufacturer to that of another, but rather only within that brand. So, I guess knowing somebody who knows tires or gets feedback by selling them, helps.