Shinko 705 Dual Sport Tires
Down to the Wear Bars In Less Than 4K
I said don't buy this tire. But if you're ok with only getting 4K miles from a tire, then this is otherwise a good tire, especially for the money. But if you expect more from a tire, read on.
Thought I'd give this tire a shot, since most of the reviews were very good. I must say that the ride is good, cornering is good and wet traction is good and its quite. But the wear sucks. I made the mistake of buying a tire I have no experience with just before leaving on an extended trip. The plan was to leave from my home near San Antonio, TX and head up through western NM to Durango, CO and eventually on up to Jackson, WY and possibly beyond. The tire had under 1000 miles on it when I left and looked virtually new. After my first day, which took me to Ruidoso, NM (596 miles), I saw significant wear...it was even wear, but significant. My next day took me through Albuquerque, NM and on up to Durango (385 miles) and again, I saw significantly more wear. So much so that I knew I would not be able to go the 485 miles to Jackson, WY and back home on that tire. So, after riding the Durango area, I returned home, because no dealer in the area had the size tire I need.
You know how most tires wear flat across the top, when subjected to lots of straight line riding? Well this one is still rounded, but there just isn't much tread left. I MIGHT get another 1000 miles, but...
Lesson for me: Never leave on an extended trip with a tire you aren't familiar with.
By the way, I got about 4950 miles from the new Avon rear tire and it looked worse than the Shinko (still running the front and it looks good). The most mileage I have gotten from a rear tire on my Triumph Tiger Explorer is about 8500 on a Bridgestone Battle wing. Still not the greatest mileage.
June 26, 2016
Great tire for the $$$ - meets all my riding needs.
Based on my experience with Shinko street tires I've used and the reviews I ordered up a set for my F650GS twin. Installation was straightforward and matching the light spot indicator to my valve stem resulted in minimal weight being needed to balance the wheel - impressive.
I'll be taking it easy while the tires break in but so far I'm very happy with the ride, street performance and off-road traction. They're turning out to be the nearly perfect compromise tire for my riding style: moderately aggressive street and light/dry off-road duty. Predictable, stable and good traction. Too early for mileage estimates but given my lighter bike I'm hoping for good things.
June 24, 2016
Good tires for a great price
So far, so good. I've put about 500 miles on these tires and they have performed quite well. Initially they felt a little tippy going into turns (as others have mentioned). After 50 miles or so this feeling went away (not sure if they wore in or I just go used to it).
Looking forward to see how long they last.
May 24, 2016
I wanted new rubber for my 4500 mile trip out west so I tried a pair of 705s on my 1200GS. I rode solo with the panniers packed full as well as an Ortlieb Dry Bag stuffed with my camping gear. Also added to the rear rack was a Rotopax 1.75 gal. fuel can.
West Texas highway legal speeds vary between 75-80 mph for hours on end. These high speeds were accomplished on dry interstate. For two days in Nevada, California, and Arizona I encountered rain, pea size hail, near freezing conditions, as well as light snow.
The tires performed well enough without drama under all these conditions. However, I was disappointed with the front tire's sometimes abrupt dropping into turns. U.S. Highway 191 between Alpine, Az. and Morenci, Az. is reputed to have 200 curves and is an absolute blast to ride. You don't have to ride fast to enjoy the road. I couldn't seem to settle into a comfortable feeling knowing how the tire would perform from one turn to the next. Continental TKC70s performed much better last year with the bike similarly loaded. For these road conditions Continental Trail Attacks would be a better choice than either of the previous two.
As for wear, the front barely shows any at all. The rear probably has 1/2 the tread remaining but from experience I know the remaining tread will wear at a faster rate. I would expect the rear to give me another 2-3000 miles. That'll be plenty for me.
If you do a lot of highway riding these tires are very good especially for the price. If you are looking for canyon carving they are a bit too compromised for my taste. But compromise is what an 80/20 tire is about.
I'm glad I tried the 705s but I'll be going back to Trail Attacks. Regardless, its a lot of tire for the money.
May 17, 2016
Great tire for street bias dual sport at a great price
I installed a pair on my Honda CRF250 when the stock IRCs started looking thin. I got 9K miles from them and reasonable performance but since I do predominately street riding, I felt it best to move to a more street oriented tire. These Shinkos filled the bill at a most attractive price. I immediately notice a smoother, quieter ride with adequate traction on dirt/gravel roads. The turn-in was much quicker and they provide very snappy handling overall. I haven't ridden in rain yet and obviously haven't worn them out in 3K but I gave them the benefit of the doubt when I did the ratings. They show little wear at this point so I'm confident they'll go noticeably further then the originals. One odd thing I did notice at first was a rumble not unlike a bad bearing, when decelerating from 5 mph to a stop. It's not a problem and seems to have become less noticeable now, but caused me some concern til I figured where the noise was coming from. Overall, I'm very pleased with them, especially for the price.
May 4, 2016
Great tires for the price.
Put these on a 600cc Bandit and love them. Dirt roads and street did great. Even did some flat tracking with them.
April 26, 2016
Best tire for the cost
Impressed with it performance on off road and really good on the road; already over 1K miles and still look new; we know is not a long lasting tire but it meas soft rubber and that means grip.
March 25, 2016
so far so good
I just switched from a Shinko 700 to a 705. The 700 was a good Tire but I wanted something with a little more tread on the road. So far the 705 has performed well. I ride a Honda CRF250L so it is not a heavy bike in the dual sport class. I have ridden on this Tire on the dry and in the rain. It has performed very good and I will probably be getting another set when these wear out.
February 23, 2016