Shinko 705 Dual Sport Tires
Completely satisfied...so far
The problem with writing a review so soon after purchase is that you don't have a lot of information to share. I received the tire promptly and it was exactly what was represented. A very good looking tire. I have had it on my Suzuki VStrom 1000 for about 200 miles, on road only so far, and dry pavement. After taking things easy for a break in, I have ridden hard on twisty roads and find that the grip on dry pavement is very good. We'll see about tread life. I would, so far. be willing to recommend the tire as the best buy out there.
September 28, 2015
Huge confidence boost!!!
I commute 22 miles each way to work, 5 miles of which is on dirt and gravel. These tires are a HUGE improvement over the stock Dunlops on my Versys 650! I'm no longer terrified to turn on gravel, and my heart no longer skips a beat when I see a small rock on the pavement. These tires are a bargain, excellent on the gravel and dirt and so far I feel no compromise on the road. True not quite as smooth a ride, but I could care less given the improved performance off the pavement.
September 7, 2015
The Shinko 705 was nearly the perfect tire for the riding I do on my 2009 KLR. It is a good dirt road tire on a good dirt road bike (as opposed to a dirt bike) that is used 90% on pavement. I rode it aggressively on the twisties in the mountains and the Shinkos did a great job. I got over 8,000 miles on the last front with no cupping. Since they are tubeless, they are stiff and can be tough to spoon on, be patient. They need to be inflated to around 32-34psi on the KLR in my experience.
July 6, 2015
Great tire for the money
I used these tires (front and rear) on a DL650 for a 6,000 mile road trip around southeast USA. They handled everything from the twisties of the Dragon and Barber Speedway to stream crossings and gravel roads, including several days with heavy rain. After 6,000 miles, the rear is about due for a replacement, but for half the price of similar tires, I am happy with this purchase.
June 17, 2015
Tires don't last long, so why pay an exorbitant price for them?
I bought my bike off a guy who had fitted Shinko tires to it. About 6000 miles in I replaced the rear tire, and I have no idea how many miles had been ridding on it prior to my replacement. I'm almost 5000 miles into this rear tire and it looks to be holding up quite well. My riding is 95% on road, and these tires do fine. They provide enough grip for some sporadic dirt riding fun, and are decent on the highway. Front tire is also a Shinko and it's still going strong.
Why pay >$130 per tire if you're going to have to replace them within 10,000 miles? Shinkos are a great value.
June 1, 2015
Great tire and best bang for the buck
I have had this tire on my 2014 CRF250L for around 1200 miles so far. Currently showing minimal if any signs of wear. I commute to work daily around 120 miles per week. Traction is good as well as over all handling. Haven't used it offroad at all as I see ride only. This tire seems as though it will have a long wear life. My stock tire only got 3k miles out of it. Also purchased a front tire but haven't mounted yet. I would recommend this tire to any style rider.
May 22, 2015
Great tire for some applications
I was very curious about these tires and excited to try them on my Super Tenere. They mounted and balanced easily and look great. On my initial ride the tires seemed great, however when I took off onto a forest service road the tires felt weird. The tires felt like they would roll laterally and they rode as if they were flat and gave me no confidence. I played with the TP and couldn't remedy the feeling but came to the conclusion that these are great tires... for the right application. Unfortunately, after 700 miles I had to mount a different set. IMO a Super Tenere is too heavy for these tires, something lighter like a 650 VStrom would be perfect.
May 16, 2015
Great bang for your buck!
I purchased the 705's for my WR450. I ride mostry pavement with the occasional gravel or dirt road. These tires perform adequately on pavement, lots of straight line traction. In the dirt they seem to do good for the mild adventure considering they're labeled an 80/20 tire. Overall great performance, I will be purchasing them again once they bite the dust.
May 16, 2015