Shinko 705 Dual Sport Tires
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
It took a little while to break in the tires as the first 200 miles felt a little slippery. After they were broken in I haven't had much of an issue with them. They have 6000 miles on them and don't show that much wear at this point. Definitely looks like they'll be good for another 6000 miles. For an 80/20 tire they hold well on gravel and packed dirt roads. Soft dirt and sand are too much for them but I'm not expecting more from an 80/20. I will definitely buy another set of these as they are half the price as the usual name brands but no different in performance and tire wear.
May 11, 2015
Can't go wrong with the price....
I spent hours searching for a set of tires for my BMW r1200gs, I found this to be the most reasonable in price and also has many positive comments. At first, I was a bit (a lot) concern with the fitment, the quality and durability. But I pull the trigger at the end. Many gs riders are using it, so I went for it. So far, everything is exactly what I expected. Very happy with the purchase. One thing, I (don't know about other riders) had to get use to the tread pattern and the way it was tracking for a few days, but I was perfectly fine after that. Thanks.
May 11, 2015
These tires are a good bang for the buck! They look good and traction exceeds my expectations.
I PUT THESE TIRES ON MY RESTORED 72 BSA FLAT TRACKER. IT'S NOW STREET LEGAL BUT LOOKS JUST AS IT DID WHEN I RACED IT BACK IN THE EARLY 70'S. THESE TIRES GAVE IT THE LOOK IT NEEDED. THE PRICE WAS RIGHT, AND THE TRACTION WAS FAR BETTER THAN I HAD EXPECTED. IT'S HARD TO FIND THE RIGHT TIRE FOR VINTAGE BIKES, ESPECIALLY FLAT TRACKERS, BUT THESE TIRES DID IT FOR ME. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM, AND THE PERFORMANCE OF THE TIRE IS AWESOME.
May 5, 2015
Can't beat the price
So far, I've only put about 3,500 miles on these tires. Sad to say, it's all been slab. I haven't had any issues at all with the tires.
May 4, 2015
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