Shinko 705 Dual Sport Tires
Works Well in Most Conditions
We've had several sets of 705s on my R1200 GSA, and we really like them. Our GSA is normally ridden two up, with a total rider weight of 280 lbs. Rears last about 5-7 k miles, and the fronts seem nearly indestructible; my last one finally wore out at about 14K.
The Shinkos remain firmly planted on the asphalt, wet or dry. We also spend time on dirt/gravel fire and logging roads where these tires also seem at home. Gravel performance is good, but mud performance not so much; the treads fill up with gunk leaving the tire surface slick. Fortunately this hasn't been an issue for us as we try to avoid mud!
Overall, an excellent tire for nearly all conditions you might expect on a ride!
April 13, 2015
So far so good
I bought this tire to replace a front that was ruined by a self drilling screw. Rode a hundred or two miles on it and here are my observations. I ride a Super Tenere and have used Tourance EXP and Bridgestone Battleaxe most recently. The Shinko has a tread that is far more aggressive than either of these. The profile also seems taller in the center, more like a dirt oriented tire than the lower profile street oriented adv tires. Grip seems good despite the differences in profile. I have to say that I expect the life of tie Shinko to at least match the past tires longevity and if they hold up to the Super Tenere's weight I will be buying again. The tires were easily mounted and required no balance adjustments apart from the imbalance in the rim. The rear Battleaxe is nearly worn out and I imagine a matching Shinko705 will follow within the next few months.
April 6, 2015
So far so good
My review could be premature but I just put a set on my vstrom 1000 and I now have 3k miles on them and they are hardly showing any wear. I just completed a ride through Baja - mostly highway but some dirt - and they stood up great. I know several people who only use shinko's on their vstrom's and swear by them...
April 2, 2015
Super cheap tire
It looks good on my bike. It has good street tread, but it still has deep grooves for off road traction as well.
March 30, 2015
Excellent for the price
I've only had this for 300 miles, but it seems pretty good and you can't beat the price. I like it better in the dry than the stock tire on my DR650. Haven't tried riding in the wet yet.
March 16, 2015
Still best bang for the buck
I'm on my third rear and second front 705's. Solid gravel and dry dirt traction, good in the wet, and excellent in the dry for commuting, backroads carving, and stable for high speed touring. Very good feel when reaching traction limits. For a 75/25 street/dirt tire I found nothing that offers mor bang for the buck.
March 16, 2015
Great grip, tread life, price, and delivery
I've had three sets of Shinko 705s on different bikes. This tire replaces another Shinko 705 on the front of my 2009 DL650 that went 30,000 miles, no kidding. If the photo is showing here you can see that the old tire hadn't worn quite down to the wear bars even at 30k miles. I ride year round on some rough pavement and the handling and grip in wet or dry conditions have been great. The deep tread handles road debris very well. YMMV, but these 705s are my favorite tire.
March 9, 2015
great product for a great price
I run this tire for 5000 miles now in latin america on very hot asphalt and also bad dirt roads, front still goes for another 5000 more and the rear will be done in 2000 miles.
Great product for my use on a R1200GS.
February 16, 2015