Shinko 700 Dual Sport Tires
Terrible off road
I bought these because the reviews say they are awesome. Maybe my level of riding is the problem, I don't know, but these tires suck. They do fine on the pavement except when its wet, then they try to test your throttle control and braking finesse. In the dirt, these things are a nightmare. You might as well be riding in snow. Front end is just sloppy and has no grip whatsoever, and god forbid you attempt a hilllclimb. NO DIRT TRACTION AT ALL. Hills I could normally just cruise up with a dirt nobby, now require 3 times the momentum and 3rd gear to start, and by the top, I end in first gear spinning away. BAD TIRES.
March 13, 2016
I'm pretty impressed.
On a KLR 650 80 slab/20 dirt I got 5,000 miles out of the rear so far, and there's still some life left in it. Front tire looks good. Dry grip and cornering has been comfortable for a tire of this type and it performs well in the wet. I found it to be a tad more squirrely than most during break in, so tone it down for 200 miles or so, then these tire come to life. They handle very well off pavement, even performing reasonably well for a 50/50 tire in the mud.
June 2, 2015
Shenko good product
Bought these just as cheap alternative, but really like tread pattern and they grip really well. Jury is still out on tread life I've only had them on for a couple hundred miles but so far so good.
May 11, 2015
Great replacement for KLR OEM tires
There is no perfect tire. Tires you must select based on your machine, riding style, or unique needs. The Shinko 700 tread pattern resembles the Dunlop K750s that are OEM on a new KLR but the tread is much deeper giving far more riding miles than the OEM tire. They have a S speed rating and perform well on the pavement, good traction as anything I have run on wet surfaces, and are smooth riding without any vibration. I use hydrostatic balancing which has worked well for me. The relatively large lugs are coarse enough for handling rock roads and would be a great choice for adventure type on/off road riding. South Korea is producing some very good rubber! I run SK tires on my car and they ride and wear very well. Shinko is probably the best buy available today in motorcycle tires making it possible to re-tire front and rear on most bikes for around $100. At that cost, most can keep lots of good bite on a machine.
March 16, 2015
Excellent tire for the price
Great road manners and still capable off road. Wearing much better on the highway than my tkc-80.
February 2, 2015
Great for price
These were the first enduro tires my XR600R had seen so I'm comparing them to the previous dirt tires - on pavement. As you'd expect, these are much better at everything. Even on gravelly single track. I bought them because of the overall cheapest price and best online reviews across many different sites and forums. I've ridden in all types of terrain, including ice and snow, interstate speeds and on rocky hill climbs on dirt-only trails. These tires did much better off road than I had expected and they're relatively smooth at high speeds. I didn't get the tires balanced when I installed them [myself] so I have a minor vibration at 65+mph, but it's not so bad as to be alarming. Overall I would recommend these tires to anyone looking for cheap good enduro tires. I ride daily and have had the tires for several months and haven't noticed any significant wear yet, so that's good. And everyone lived happily ever after. The end.
December 15, 2014
Excellent Dual Sport tire!
I sort of had doubts with this tire and they don't look as aggressive as the Kenda270s they replaced but the reviews were great and I can confirm its an awesome tire!
I took these on 2 2400ish miles motorcycle trips, the 2nd trip was a true dual sport adventure and they delivered! I've taken these tires in desert, rocky gravel, forest, sand, deep sand, and tarmac. They never disappointed except maybe the deep beach sand but by the time I got to the beach I had already more than 4k on them already.
Slab its great, better than the 270s, they don't flex when you lean, and give great traction.
Forest roads no problem great traction. Mud it can do but not the best, the tread will clog up fast.
Wet pavement I never had a problem, of course I took it easy.
Desert sand it handles it very well, you just have to get them to float on the looser stuff so speeds of 25+ and they're doin it. Deep beach or dune sand it had trouble but like I said already more than half way worn and I have little experience riding deep sand on 2 wheels.
If you are going in some loose stuff suggest airing down. I had a Michelin T63 up front and this combo is great, the T63 helped a lot and much better than the K270s.
Also the bike was weighed down quite a bit with camping gear most of the time.
I have 5000+ miles on them and they look about 3/4 done, if I am going on another long adventure ride I would change em now but for anything else I wouldn't hesitate to still ride it. They have very small cracks where the lugs meet the rest of the tire but nothing I'm worried about, I was pretty rough on them.
October 30, 2014
Great bang for your buck!
Too soon for review so far a little squirrely on the street. Need to be broken in off road seems to reduce my front end wash out considerably! Great bang for your buck!
October 6, 2014