Shinko 009 Raven Rear Tires
I'LL BUY THEM AGAIN
THESE ARE YOKOHAMA TIRES MADE IN THE SAME PLANT AND RE-NAMED SHINKO AFTER THEY WERE PURCHASED BY THE INVESTMENT COMPANY SO NAMED
February 24, 2014
Great for distance, not for traction.
I've had two sets of the Shinko 009 Ravens, so I feel I have a pretty good overview of how well the tires work. For wear, they last forever and a half. I had to replace the back one originally just because I got a nail stuck in it. As for traction in dry, you can drag knee with them, but sometimes the traction feels a little iffy. Once in a while you can feel it slip a tiny bit on corners. As for wet or cold, there is no such thing as traction. If I accelerate hard, my rear tire will just spin out and not gain any traction, even in only a little bit of rain. As for wheelies, even in dry warm weather, I get tire spin or at least a screech and a rubber mark on the ground.
February 8, 2014
Good grip & wear at a great price.
I've used the Raven 009s on a CBR F3 and 2nd Gen FJR and they have performed very well on both. Turn in is excellent for street use and the performance drop is quite linear. When I had PR2s on the FJR the drop off in handling was pretty abrupt and the tires really needed changing a good bit before they were worn all the way down.
I haven't experienced any disadvantage from running these Shinkos over the popular PR2s, and though I don't scrape the pegs on every ride, I have done it on the Shinkos without any loss of traction or confidence.They have been rock solid at any speed on 97*F days in Fl, although when it cools down into the 40* - 60*F range they do take longer to warm up than the Michelins did, and if you tend to get aggressive and snatch the throttle hard coming out of a low speed corner on a bike with a fair amount of torque, the rear will step out a little but its fairly uneventful and hooks right back up as you stand the bike back up. Might be unnerving for some though.
If you ride at semi-sane speeds on the street, these tires should do just fine.
January 23, 2014
Good tire for the money
I've only had this tire for about 3 days and 300 miles - just enough time to get it broken in, really.
This tire exceeded all of my expectations at this price point.
Based on other reviews, I expect excellent treadwear, but I'll update that after I get more miles on it. I also can't comment on wet traction, but I expect it to be adequate. This tire was very slippery for the first 50 miles - like most tires. The next 100 miles, I observed that it felt like it overheated easily - great grip during a very spirited run, then suddenly no grip until I took it easy for a few miles. After this "break in" period, it's been fantastic. Nothing but grip and confidence all the way to the edge. Very happy with this tire, would recommend to anyone with a powerful bike.
As a side note, this tire is terrible on dirt/gravel - I actually had to pull over and make sure my rear brake was working. It's obviously not a dirt tire, so it's not a complaint as much as an observation. I live on a gravel access road with a dirt driveway, and it's fine for this - but that's the extent of the adventuring I'd do with this tire.
September 30, 2013
Bang for the buck
To early to tell about tread life. I haven't had it in the rain. I have several hundred miles on and I'm very please at the grip for such a low priced tire.
August 12, 2013
Great Service by Revzilla
Shinkos are great tires for the money. Those in the industry know that Shinko is really the old Yokahama brand revitalized and regrouped with new designs They might not grip as well as Dunlop stickies but they are a great tire for the price.Definitely on par with the major brands , who needs a 200 dollar rear tire o a street ridden sportbike anyway. The tread designs on the Raven look really frowsh like the Hayabusa symbol. Ive sold more than a few of their spec drag tires on dragbikes and they holdup really well and stick just as well as anything weve used other than true slicks. Have yet to checkout the smokebomb colored burnout tires sounds like a kool idea for the stunt guys. REVZILLA sent them out in a flash as well.
July 15, 2013
Bad both Wet/Dry
If you ride canyons or track these tires overheat instantly and will start sliding out and you will be left with really mushy grip and feel. In the wet, they provide little traction. Wear was ok to good, but that's expected from this tire. It's cheap and you get what you pay for
July 13, 2013
Very easy to turn at high speeds on hwy. Easy on the the street also. GREAT tire.
June 25, 2013