Shinko 009 Raven Front Tires
You can't beat it for the price!
Now that I'm back from a 4,000 mile trip, I'm ready to review this tire. First impression: Twitchy. By which I mean that when I first pulled out of my driveway after installing it, I felt like my BMW R1200RT was going to fall over on it's side. This tire really "falls" into a turn and it took a couple weeks to get used to it. Now I know what you're thinking... I've put many new tires on my bikes and I've never had one dive into turns like this one. I usually have to put pressure on the outside bar to keep the bike from turning too tightly. Now that I have become accustomed to it, I don't even notice. Grip is very good for my 600 lb bike. I have experienced no slippage on wet or dry pavement, even when riding less than "sedately" (which is a frequent thing). After over 4,000 miles on everything from interstate to twisty roads in the Rockies to even a bit of gravel, the tire looks barely used. My one nit that I have to pick is the center groove which tends to "track" on rain grooves and catches on pavement irregularities. It hasn't upset the bike at all, but it can be disconcerting if you're not prepared for it. I will buy these again. Having said all that, I hope these tires don't get too popular... I'd hate to see the price go up!
July 26, 2013
Great Tire! Will Buy Again!
Ok, these Shinko 009's are one heck of a tire. After 6000 miles (2 oil changes) I still have a very decent amount of tread left. These tires come with A TON of tread until the wear bars, so expect to have them for a while. They give great grip but make sure to scuff them up when you get them, they come smooth as silk from the box. Dry grip is great, but warm up time is fairly long for this tire, hitting some serious twisties I will slowly get more comfortable with the tires because when they are cold they just don't perform as well. Wet traction is average, not deadly by any means but don't go searching for twisties in the pouring rain. I have taken them to the track and I was very impressed with their performance, these tires will get hot and really stick at the track. I run them as a pair and with Texas heat, humidity, and cold snaps I still do not have any sign of cupping. Great tires and do not be afraid of them for any reason, they perform just as well as any of the more expensive name brand sport touring tires. Photos below show the tires as they currently stand with ~6000 miles and 2 track days on them. The middle has worn a lot slower then the sides, so aggressive riding does take extra rubber (weird right? haha). But by the photos I imagine I have at least another oil change in the rear which means these are almost a 10k mile tire. The front almost looks new and I know that I will be buying another set soon, but don't take my word for it. It's $200 for a set of them, go try them yourself. You will be thoroughly impressed.
May 18, 2013
Excellent tire for the price!
I always hear bad things about Shinko tires but they don't give me any issue. I've never had them come loose on me in a turn and they are just perfect.
February 5, 2013
Best Tires For The Money...
Great tires for the money. It is low in price and performs excellent. I commute a lot with some sprints here and there (even twisties), and these tires hold up really well.
They are durable and lasts long as well. I have already gone through two sets (front and rear Raven 009 tires: about 7k miles each set) - that is good because I ride a motorcycle that has a lot of torque and is known to eat up tires really quick.
Now,all of my riding buddies are using Shinko Raven 009's as well.
Only downfall is that it takes a LONG time to warm up because of the harder compound. Good for people like me who commute on highways 90% of the time, but BAD for people who want to take it out and hit the twisites or tracks right away.
February 16, 2011
So far good .. but ...
I moved from Michelin Pilot Roads to these tires based on economics and good reviews. I can't speak about longevity - I've had them on for 1500 km.
They seem good but the front centre-line void causes the tire to grab the gratings when driving on steel grated bridges. Very very worrisome. In fact I'll drive extra miles to avoid it.
January 4, 2011
Shinko Raven front
I use Ravens on both front and read these are the best Tires Shinko makes and is one of best on the market. Get a pair of the Raven series... Good for road and track.
May 24, 2010