Shinko 705 Dual Sport Tires
Good standby for smaller adv bikes
I've used these tires on several bikes and they work very well on the street, OK on gravel, OK on dirt, poor on rocks and mud.
For the money they're a great tire and they do better off-road then I'd have expected based on the tread but they don't last as long as an Avon Distanzia or similiar.
If you're on a dual sport and you take it off road these tires will hold you back, but if you're doing a lot of commuting they're a great tire.
August 17, 2016
I have used multiple sets of these tires on multiple bikes. I am presently on my second rear for my 2015 Tiger 800Xcx. The front is still in decent shape after 5500+ miles. The rear still had some tread left and probably could have gone another 500 to 1000 miles. I historically get about 5000 to 6000 on a rear and about 8000 to 10,000 on a front. I use them for street riding about 60% of the time and the remaining 40% for riding on mostly smoothly graded fire roads. I do not use this bike for serious off-road riding. I have a KTM525 exc for that! For my purposes, these tires perform well across a wide range uses. From interstate travel to backroad hooliganism to forest road flying, no complaints!
August 16, 2016
Great tire for the cost
Bought these tires to replace TKC80s. Great tire for the money. Not to bad off road with the exception of mud. If I get good mileage (over 6,000) I will buy again.
August 9, 2016
Good bang for the buck.
Only have about five or six hundred miles on the tires so far, but they have handled very well on the road which is where I do most of my riding. On gravel or loose dirt they are definitely more squirrelly than a regular knobby style. Again since I do mostly road riding and go off road occasionally that's fine with me.
August 8, 2016
Cheap 80/20 that gets the job done
To note, I tried installing these myself with some tire spoons/irons and the sidewalls were STIFF. I was able to work the back tire on (150/70/17). However, the front (120/70/17) was a pain, I ended up pinching a tube so I got a new tube and took it to the shop, owell. As a self proclaimed DIYer I held my head low that day :).
Anyways, I love these tires. I was previously running IRC Road Winners and man, those are horrible off road (a given). IRC's gave me no confidence off road, I got stuck so many times trying to dink around in my local single track trails after slight rain.
For these Shinko's, I am in heaven. I could immediately notice the extra traction I received off road. However, you will get stuck in deep mud because these tires can't clean in the thick stuff. Also, both front and rear will slide around on grass and any slightly slick surface, but that is something you'd expect as these are just to dabble offroad. With that said, I have driven these through ruts with water as high as my 120/70/17 front tire!! I was quite surprised how deep the rut was and how I managed to crawl through and not get stuck. I went back to the hill climb (moderate/easy) I got stuck on with my IRC's, man I just flew up that thing with these.
All in all, I enjoy these as what they are. I may get a more offroad oriented tire for my next setup if I can find a ok profile for my supermoto wheels or just invest in offroad wheels.
July 29, 2016
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