Compound tyres as opposed to?
I was thinking that too Norm
concrete tyres & rubber roads
Imagine that, we'd finally get value for money from our road-tax payments
I had Bridgestone 010's which I found really good and Pilot Road 2s that I didn't like on the Buell (work well on the Yamaha TDM though).
I think dual compounds are a bit of a hype and I believed this late 1990's concept was actually dead and buried until Michelin revived it again and now others are offering these (expensive to manufacture!) things again too.
There seems to be more sense in tyres with active footprint (like Avon Storm and the new Metzeler Z6 "Interact") or variable density (like the old Bridgestone 020): Easier to make and more gradual characteristics in grip and wear when compared to having two distinctive types of rubber. Having said that, the 020 were pretty poor in terms of grip and (uneven) wear
Modern sport/tour tyres are all perfectly fine really, just buy the ones that your wallet, ego and imagination feel most comfortable with or choose the brand that uses the prettiest girls in their adds (or men, whatever you prefer)