Shinko 705 Dual Sport Tires
Best bang for the buck
I get 6k miles or so out of a rear and 10k miles out of a front, or so. For the price hard to be, great on dirt and gravel roads, fun for blasting down the freeway
September 3, 2014
When I bought my bike, it had dirt knobbies on it and the first chance I got, I took it to have these installed. These tires are fantastic! I've been carving the roads around Lake Mead for weeks now, at least 750 miles, and I still have the little 'hairs' on both tires! Surprising amount of grip around corners on all sorts of surfaces. I have yet to try them out on the sand and rocky dirt around Vegas.
August 30, 2014
Lasts forever. Awful in the dirt
despite the on/off road rating on these tires they do not work on anything more than dusty or rough pavement. they work very well on the road and have a surprising amount of grip on pavement. i have 2000 miles of canyon and spirited riding on them, the front tire is showing no sign of wear and the rear is showing slight rounding of the edges on the sides. i cannot recommend these tires to anyone looking to do anything more than going slowly on a dirt road.
August 25, 2014
excellent tires for the money
Tires went on easily, have great grip and did really well for my road trip. 960 miles andnno issues. Will buy again
August 25, 2014
Good for the price!
For the money I don't think you can beat these tires. Got'em for the V-Strom and they are great.
August 6, 2014
Ok tire, noisy at city speeds
Average tire, good price. It's a lot noisier than I was expecting for that tread pattern. Definitely has an annoying hum at city speeds (25 to 50). Grip seems good for what it is, and decent treadwear seems to have been sacrificed. It's a step up for gravel use and dry hard packed dirt from using pure street tires.
August 1, 2014
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