Shinko 009 Raven Front Tires
Great bang for the buck all-arounder
I put about 1k miles on these tires before I sold the bike they were on. Once scrubbed in they were great. Previously I had sticky tires such as q3's which would slide all over the road when the roads got wet, these were the exact opposite. Very nice and confidence inspiring in the wet. They also gripped surprisingly well in the dry. Were nice and progressive coming up on the traction limit and allowed one to push a decent/fun pace without worry. However if you are looking for a tire for canyon carving/dragging knee this obviously isn't it. It is, however a great all around tire that is affordable for a commuter/tourer who is putting a decent amount of miles on tires in varying conditions and may not need to spend twice as much for the just slightly better tire with the latest and greatest technologies.
November 23, 2015
A fantastic sport tourer tire
My XB12XT eats rear tires... 4500 miles was the max from anything. Although it gives up a little grip, most noticeably in the rain, when compared to the Angel ST's... it's providing at least 7500 miles with some left before it'll hit the wear bars. At this price, I swap front and rear for less than the price of a single Pirelli. Highly recommend these. Ride like your brains are in your helmet in the rain and you'll never find fault.
November 2, 2015
ive had a couple of tires, some more prestigious as well. I threw these puppies on my bike (after i saved a ton of bucks) and with everyday riding i cant even notice the difference. no regrets
September 28, 2015
Excellent, Buy Again & Agian
Great traction, good leaning would make definitely buy agian. Already 3k miles on these tires excellent tread left definitely feel comfortable driving my 07 CBR 1000RR on these
August 17, 2015
Great tires for the money
I put a set of these tires on my bmw 2014 r1200rt just before a 4000 mile trip to Montana. I'm very satisfied all around, I did a lot of mountain driving in and out of rain showers didn't have any problem. I'm not an aggressive rider but they seemed fine when I do get frisky with it. Can't tell about the life of the tires yet but they are wearing well so far.
August 3, 2015
grip is great
only have a few miles on the Shinko but the feel is firm steering became tighter. tracks well. less feel for the road than the diablo had. but i like it so far.
July 6, 2015
The shinko 009 tires are the best. I bought the rear tire last season and I love it. These tires have the longest life for such a great price
May 11, 2015
Bargain tire with premium performance.
I ride a Suzuki Bandit 1200 every day. I'm pushing about 130 horsepower, and do about 20,000 miles a year, so I eat a lot of tires. I've tried all of the usual suspects in the premium category and I was using Pirelli Angel GT's last until I tried these. Big advantages to using the Shinko tire.
The grip feels very similar to that of the Pirelli, but these have a flatter profile, so steering feels much easier to control. The other advantage is that as the tires get near the end of life, you don't feel dangerous and wooden. As the Pirellis would cup and get near the wear bars, handling would be erratic and diminish confidence.
I finally just replaced my first Shinko front tire, which went 12,000 miles before I reached the side wear bars. The center still had tread to spare, and I probably could've squeezed another 500-1000 out of it if I hadn't been going on a trip. Far and away the most miles I've gotten out of any tire to date. The best I could hope for from a front tire previous to this was about 8k. I'm pretty hard on my tires. Will buy these until they stop making them, and considering a complete set costs as much as 1 rear Pirelli, it's really a no brainer.
November 10, 2014