Shinko 705 Dual Sport Tires
Good Tire for the money.
I installed a pair of the Shinko 705 tires on my KLR650 and on my V-Strom. They are a good inexpensive choice for a decent all around tire. On the street and highway I am very pleased with them. Quiet, smooth running with good traction. In gravel and on trails they do well with the pressure is lowered. They are not a mud tire and do not do well in mud. I installed them myself with the same hand tools I carry on the bike. They went on easily and the beads seated right away. I have tubes in the ones on the KLR and no tubes in the ones on the V-Strom. I have ben happy with them and will buy them again.
October 20, 2014
Go To Tire
This tire took me to Alaska and still had great tread on it. It had 6000 miles on it when I changed it out and could have still gotten another 1500. I put a Heidenau Scout on my KLR for the return trip and for a tire that was twice the money it got half the tread life. I will continue to purchase this tire for an all around tire.
October 13, 2014
Sticks to asphalt like glue, gravel and dirt fair better than expected.
Went to this rear on my klr650 from a tkc80. I realized after quickly wearing out my tkc80 that I didn't do anywhere close to the amount of off road riding that I planned to, and what I did was never extremely sketchy. This tire immediately changed my riding experience from good to amazing! The tkc80s skitter in the corners, this shinko holds true like old glory. I'd been told my dirt and gravel riding would suck, but I found it to be very adequate. The only real downside is wet traction. If you're riding in the rain be gentle with it or you'll have a face full of pavement.
October 7, 2014
A Very Dangerous Tire
I had these tires on my BMW R1150GSA, front and rear. The front tire had severe chopping after 2,500 miles. However the real danger was the rear. The tread actually separated from the core, and chunks of rubber came off the tire!! This was with 2,500 miles on it.
Beware, they are not safe.
I am not the only person to experience this. Be sure to research these tires before purchasing. I did not purchase them through Revzilla, and I do not suggest that Revzilla is at fault in any way. This is purely a Shinko issue.
September 22, 2014
So far, so good.
Excellent value for the price v quality.
I'm mostly a street commuter on mt R1200GS, but I occasionally venture off of the pavement. On the pavement, grip is good and confidence-inspiring, if a little noisy (expected for a dual-sport tire). On gravel and dry dirt, I've experienced better than expected handling and grip.
Very little/ no noticeable wear after 3K miles.
Would definitely recommend for a mostly street rider, as I am.
Shipping was lightning fast. I expected to install a week later, but it came in two days and I was able to throw it on and go (just in time before several days of heavy rain commuting).
September 22, 2014
Excellent on Gravel Roads without giving up pavement performance
Put Shinko 705s on my Triumph Tiger 800 XC. For gravel roads they are close to perfect and give up very little on the highway. At this price point, what's not to like? Stock 95% Pirelli Scorpions were squirrely on gravel and useless on anything but blacktop. The Shinkos inspire confidence on gravel and carving turns on blacktop is no problem if you don't mind a slight penalty in precision. They are sticky enough. There is a definite increase in road noise, mostly from the front. I may try a TKC 80 up front but it would be to address the road noise issue, not the handling. Shinkos are fine at highway speed.
September 22, 2014
Revzilla has crazy fast shipping. I have a Drz 400s. Trading this tire for my street knobby was the best move I could have made. I feel very confident taking corners now. Tread is great. No separation after 200 miles. I know that is not very long, but that is how far I have driven prior to doing this review. I would highly recommend this tire. Of course great price. $51. Free shipping.
September 15, 2014
Best bang for the buck
I get 6k miles or so out of a rear and 10k miles out of a front, or so. For the price hard to be, great on dirt and gravel roads, fun for blasting down the freeway
September 3, 2014