Shinko 705 Dual Sport Tires
Great Adventure Touring Tire, Excellent Price
I have purchased 14 of these tires for extended club touring on various dual sport and adventure touring bikes including Yamaha XT-225, BMW F650GS, Suzuki V-Strom 650 etc. After tens of thousands of miles on everything from highway to gravel, to sand and packed dirt, I am totally sold. This tire, especially the radial version, is THE BEST DEAL ON THE MARKET. It is a fantastic road tire while still providing good control in gravel, packed dirt, on the beach etc. The only place this tire is not good is in deep mud. It will clog up and provide almost no traction. Since I make a concerted effort to never go there, it does not matter to me.
Tread wear is great on light bikes, average on heavier bikes. I have never had a single tire fail and have worn several down to the cords.
July 29, 2014
Overall great choice
I ran Shinko's on my Concours 14 for a few years, and when I switched to a GS Adventure, they were my obvious choice after the set of Metzler's the bike came with.
Great traction on road, good grip on gravel, does very well in wet conditions - BUT, i'm getting a lot of howling road noise. Not sure what that's about, I've never had an issue like that with the Shinko's before.
Otherwise, highly recommendable, the value proposition is nearly unbeatable.
July 9, 2014
GREAT TIRES FOR MY KLR 650
I HAVE WORN OUT MANY SETS OF THESE TIRES IN MY 63,000 MILES OF KLR RIDING AND AM COMPLETELY SATISFIED WITH THEM. WE RIDE PLENTY OF BACK ROAD PAVEMENT, GRAVEL, DIRT AND FAST SMOOTH SLAB AND RECOMMEND THESE FOR ALL BUT MUDDY TRAILS. DON'T BE FOOLED BY PRICE.
July 7, 2014
I have purchased about 8 of the above and for the price they can't be beat. I run them on a bmw 1200 gs and get 5k on the rear and 13k on the front. After having tried a lot of different brands at close to 3 times the price and no discernible difference in handling I remain totally satisfied with the Shinko. I recently purchased a Super Tenere and also used the 705 and after 2k miles the rear looks like it will only last 3.5k miles. The ST comes on a lot harder than the GS so I'm not surprised at the lower mileage. For the overall experience they can't be beat !
June 9, 2014
Put this on the rear of my Kawa Versys. So far have put about 2000 miles on it 90% on road. I was a little worried when I read about the tread seperation but I have been keeping an eye on it and haven't seen any issues. Overall good tire but offroad I might go for a better tread for loose surface traction. On road sticks to the road and feels great.
June 2, 2014
Great commute tires
I bought this to use with my 2013 CRF250L, I'm going to be putting supermoto 17" wheels on it later on, but for now I needed a more street oriented tire to fit on the stock 21" and 18" rims.
This tires fit the bill perfectly, cheap, wear like iron and have great grip on tarmac and off road on fire roads kind of dirt.
Dont expect to handle any real offroad, but for gravel, packed dirt sort of terrain its perfect and exactly what I needed.
April 14, 2014
I have these on my '07 Triumph T100, and love them. All around great tire for any riding surface. They look good too! I have about 1,000mi on them so far, and they show little to no wear, so I'm expecting good tred life out of them as well, but I don't feel that's enough miles to rate them yet for it.
They will feel a little squirmy for the 1st 50-100mi. but once they are scrubbed in, that all goes away and they feel terrific after that.
March 25, 2014
Good tire for price
Running a rear shinko on a vstrom. Decent off road traction, ok wet tire. If you burn through tires, why not get a cheap one for fun!
March 24, 2014