Shinko 009 Raven Rear Tires
Excellent all round tire
Purchased this tire for long distance, quick paced commuter duty for my 1997 Suzuki 600S Bandit. The Raven has delivered in spades in all areas. It provides ample grip right out of the parking area even in colder temps, offers very good grip on wet pavement and believe it or not, on dirt as well (within reason of course). The tire seems to be holding up well in the wear department. I ride a 46 mile (commuter) loop in the the wonderfully curvy mountain back roads here in Western NC. With a 55mph speed limit on my particular route. I can destroy tires in a very short time without fear of receiving a safe driving award from the man. After roughly 3000 miles of such riding (since installing the tire), the tire is less than half worn. I am very surprised and pleased. I will be purchasing this tire for my bike time and again. I also plan to try one on the front as well.
August 15, 2016
Great Commuter Tire
Bought the Shinko 009 rear tire for my 06 Kawasaki Z750S just before leaving on a trip to the Ozarks. This trip was a late march excursion and it was cold! We left the Kansas City area in the snow, rode south on the highway snow turned to slush then to rain. The tire handled it all well the round profile responded with great highway characteristics. Only 1 moment of stepping out a bit going around a curve on the highway with standing water in the tire ruts in the road (and possibly to high of speed). The next day it was a "warm" high 40's and dry. The tire had plenty of grip through the corners and gave me about as much confidence as the previous Pirelli Diablo rear tire (still have the Pirelli on the front). The Highway ride back started in snow again but was luckily dry. I have been commuting to work everyday and really appreciate the tire profile. So far 1363 miles and no noticeable wear, just starting to develop chicken strips from too much commuting duty. I am very happy with this tire so far and highly recommend it for the daily commuter. Can't beat the price too!
June 7, 2016
Don't let the price fool you
I picked up these tires in an emergency and turned out they were far better than i expected. This tire has slipped out on me maybe once or twice but always catches again. Unlike some of the more expensive brands that I had no confidence in. Great tire.
May 10, 2016
Just got the tire mounted and went on my first ride
It was dry so I can't comment on Wet Traction and since it was just mounted also can't say anything about Tread Life.
I can say the tire looks great on my Aprilia Tuono. Grip is excellent--even after just mounting the tire it was instantly confidence inspiring...not sure if this is a feature with modern street bike tires, but I was unable to push the tire hard enough to make it squirm or feel anything other than great on the road.
The new tire doesn't feel quite as easy/quick to turn in as my previous rear tire, but the flip side is it feels more stable when leaned over in a sweeping curve. Couldn't be happier with the purchase.
April 27, 2016
A great sport tourer tire
My XB12XT eats rear tires... 4500 miles was the max from anything. That would usually mean beyond the wear bars and into the cords! 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. Enough confidence in these to consistently drag my toes from the Buell's 12" high pegs. Ride like your brains are in your helmet in the rain and you'll never find fault. These tires make my 12 day 6500 mile cross country trips possible.
November 2, 2015
Shinko 009 Raven rear tire the best!
Guy friend swears by this tire on his bike. He said traction is great, smooth ride with this tire
October 7, 2015
Like to Love
I've used this tire more as a sport touring tire and would rate it as excellent in most categories, especially wear( I'm pleased with anything over 5k on the rear). Wet grip is good/okay, and real traction is more pavement dependent, they don't grip polished pavement and pavement stripes as well as a Roadsmart. but wear is similar and price is better. I use them on my Monster and Ulysses and am real happy with them.
September 21, 2015
Good tire at a good price
Nothing but good things to say about this tire after about two months of riding with it. Good grip overall in regular riding conditions. Also got stuck out in the rain a couple of times and the tire performed well. Tire was perfectly balanced, too. No need for those ugly balancing weights on the rim.
Also, tread pattern looks awesome.
March 1, 2015