Shinko 009 Raven Rear Tires
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
pretty good tire
I had this tire on the back of my 05' honda vfr800. I bought it mainly because of the price. This tire still had more than half of the tread left after 6k miles when I replaced it. This tire was not a good match for the tire on the front which is a continental trail attack. The center had worn flat with the edges at 90% tread. It is a good dependable tire recommended for touring.
January 18, 2015
Good Economy Tire
Doesn't have the greatest grip, but it definitely gets the job done.
November 3, 2014
So far so good!
I purchased these in July. I was running stock Bridgestones on my 2011 Yamaha Fz8. These Ravens have been great. I ride mostly highway and back roads. I've been up to 135 mph on these. I've been caught in a few storms. I've also hit some decent curves. I have pu about 300 miles on em and they look brand new. They stick well and performed fine in the rain. I love the look! All in all they are great tires.
October 24, 2014
Prce is remembered long after quality is forgotten
Ok, BMW rider here - I was about to drop nearly $450 for a set of tires from the BMW dealer when some Honda ST1300 friends recommended these tires. Being a tire snob and having spent more on one Bridgestone tire for my ST1100 than I would for a pair of Shinkos on my Bimmer, I was a bit hesitant... but I thought, "they must know what they are talking about."
I mounted a set of Ravens on my 2006 BMW R1200RT before a 2k mile week-long trip to upstate New York. The bike previously had PR2's that may have made it through the trip, but I knew better than to push it. While I had hoped for beautiful weather, what I got was rain every day but one. But, these tires performed flawlessly and left me feeling confident while riding through less-than-stellar conditions.
After about 1200 miles of time on the bike, I took a two-lap trip around Watkins Glen raceway, and these tires gripped well in the corners. I was also surprised when they didn't "skip" as much over wet tar-snakes and painted lines as my PR2's did. Other reviews stated that the tread style of the front tire seemed to track imperfections in the pavement, like cracks, but I didn't experience this. Very happy I decided to go "inexpensive" and take the recommendation of friends who purchased Shinkos. $150 plus mounting and balancing (another $60), best pocket change ever spent. Something else noteworthy, the shop who mounted these didn't even have to use weight. My nice alloy wheels are now all naked without being spoiled by ugly weight that the PR2's required. YMMV...
September 16, 2014