Shinko 705 Dual Sport Tires
Good tire for the money
KLR 650 - I bought this tire (rear only) for a road trip 95% on road with possibilities of some fire trails. I needed something that would last longer than the average DS tire and it has. About 4300 miles on it and still has some life. Handles very well even on damp roads. Didn't have the balls to lean to hard in the rain but was dragging pegs on the dragons tail even in damp areas. Most miles on this tire were at 80mph.
November 25, 2013
Great value for the $$$
I have run several shinko 705s on the rear of my f800gs with great results. The grip both on pavement and dirt is good, although it does not handle mud well. I have been getting around 5-6000 miles out of a rear tire. Would recommend for general dual sporting (pavement, gravel, forest roads), but not trails or deep mud.
November 25, 2013
Great Tire for the Money
This is the third Shinko 705 I have used on my 2009 BMW R1200GSA. This tire was used on a 2500 mile trip to New Mexico. 860 miles of pavement day one. Then dirt, gravel, mud on ATV trails and fire roads day two in Lincoln National Forest. Day three asphalt and sand. The only issue was in the soft mud in the forest (off path, road, trail etc.) but not too sure TKC80's would have been all that better in that....After 2500 miles still well over 1/2 to 3/4 tread left. Tire took a beating in the rocks and trails but held up very well! For $84, half of most other tires in this class, I'll be buying more of them in the future.
November 21, 2013
good perf. for excellent price!
This tire on the rear of my Versys is a perfect match for my style of riding. I use the tkc80 up front, for better traction. With almost 6k on the 705, was still airing it down to 26 psi and riding two-up with my cast wheels on bad fire roads. It may be the best value for the money out there.
November 19, 2013
these tires work good
the front tire was pretty stiff when mounting and the rear was a lot easier to mount.They have good grip on the highway and feel good on the dirt. Both are fairly quiet on pavement.
October 7, 2013
Great tire for dual sport/adventure touring.
I installed this tire on the front of my Vstrom a few months ago. After 5000 miles of riding it shows very little wear. I'm very pleased. The tire grips very well in both dry and wet conditions. It has been tested on the Tail of the Dragon (NC), the Pig's Trail (AR) and everywhere in between. The Shinko 705 can be a little loud, but that can be expected from any tires with aggressive threads.
September 30, 2013
Not TOO Good to be true, but be smart.
I've put about 1.1k miles on the rear tire. Front is stock Continental with sufficient life. There is 'slight' road noise, not significant enough to be heard over wind. Vibration? Perhaps, but again... slight. Dirt roads, the tire is great. Gravel, hard pack and even turf, the tire grabs well. Loose soil, mud and/or sand? Well, it's not an 'off road' tire, now is it? Put tire on in my driveway, without balancing. Had the bike up over 90 with ZERO oscillation. Wet? Well, I don't know any tire I REALLY trust in the rain, with tar snakes running everywhere. Tire performs well in standing water and appears to evacuate water well. However, it does seem to be a little less grabby than I'd like. Pound for pound, I'd buy again. Save $? Sure... if I were doing a 2-UP Road tour, no thank you. But for solo, mixed conditions etc.. Shinko gets my nod.
September 17, 2013
Death-Tires in the Wet. Also slippery on tar snakes.
These tires have some serious pros and serious cons.
They are pretty goon on hard-pack gravel, even have some grip on grass. They are cheap, and they seem to have a good amount of life. I've got about 5 grand on them now and they're worn less than 50%.
That said, in the wet they are scary, and on a tar snake they are scary. I was riding on the interstate at about 90 in the rain, and crossed between lanes. (That meant going across a tar snake.) The wheel completely slipped and free-spun. Going about 40 on curve in the wet I hit a tar snake and the entire bike slid about 6" to the outside. Both tires slipped.
I'm not sure if I'll get them again, but if you do, be careful!
September 17, 2013