Shinko 705 Dual Sport Tires
This is a perfect tire for the price not to mention it's function and great looks. Its a phenomenal duel sport tire. On road traction is just fine at high speed but at low speed their is a noticeable vibration due to the perfect placement of tread lugs. This vibration is normal and will absolutely not hinder me from buying the tire agen. Its been on my 750 for a few months and looks new. I ride everyday so tread weir is awesome so far but time will tell. Thanks RevZilla!!
July 19, 2016
I keep a TKC80 on the front of my 1200GS. Last tire on the rear was an Heideneau. Have not put many miles on the Shenko, but enough to say it runs well on dirt (Have not tried it in deep mud or loose, deep gravel), and I can drag a toe on the paved curves here in Appalachia. Very happy so far since it is so affordable.
July 18, 2016
very low traction!
I am not sure how so many people can say that this is a good dual sport tire. I have run these on my DRZ for ~3k miles almost entirely on the street. The reason is because every time I try to get on the trails I am quickly reminded that these tires have almost no traction off road.
I live near pittsburgh, so our trails have a great mix of hard pack, soft dirt, foliage, gravel and mud. The only time I feel semi safe is on non-rutted hard pack. The front tire has no lateral traction: it will fall into every low point in the trail. I have washed the front tire out every time have tried to have any sort of fun. The rear tire doesn't bite worth anything in the loose stuff, but I expected that based on the tread pattern.
On the street, they are ok half of the time. The change in traction between wet and dry is the largest in any tire I have tried. I have reached the traction limit on the rear in the dry, the front has stuck in the turns well. These tires become dangerous on wet pavement. I have slid both tires using the brakes(on a drz400s!) and I keep it upright in the turns when wet.
Conclusion: these tires work on dry pavement and easy hard packed dirt, the same places any street tire would work just fine. So I can't recommend these tires to anyone. The only reason I have left them on is because I commute, so I am trying to dilute the cost. I have not experienced any of the durability issues that some of the other poor reviewers have reported.
July 15, 2016
Great dual sport tire for the money
I purchased a set of these for my 2014 Vstrom 1000 after the original Battle Wings were done. Just got back from a 6,000 mile summer trip from Austin, TX up to Banff and back through various national parks. Only did about 200 miles on dirt/offroad surfaces but they handled well on and off road. The front tire still looks new, lots of wear left. The rear, as expected is nearly ready for a change. I can probably squeeze another 500 miles out of it but for the price, it's a pretty great tire. I noticed some cracking towards the outer edge of the block/treads around 4,000 miles but they've held up fine.
July 11, 2016
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