Randy, you been winter riding long enough that I thought you had it all figured out.
I've never thrown any of my auto studs either but have heard of Aerostich being thrown.
I've totally been amazed with the performance of one car stud per knob in Kenda Trackmasters. Six good scratches in the ice when I stomp on the rear brake and enough rubber on the pavement that I've always felt confident out on the highway. Maybe part of it is the great geometry of the KLR, eh?!?
Tell you what tho, I am glad I only have 37hp so my wheelspin is very controllable. I've not laid it down accidentally in 4 winters with the front always holding and the rear kicking out very predictably.
Randy, I suggest doing what we've done up here. Have a tire studding party where folks can come over and practice drilling on a test tire and maybe contribute towards a gun or studs. There are always some used stud guns up for sale in the Fall and winter up here.
Good luck and have fun, Mark H.