Shinko 009 Raven Rear Tires
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
Worth every penny... And then some!
I've been running Michelins on my RT ever since I got it in '07, and I've always been very happy with them. So when I found myself in need of a rear tire without the money to pay for my usual, I did some research. Looked at the Shinko Raven, read reviews, and talked to a couple guys I know who have used them. What I found was, nobody had anything bad to say about them. So I decided to give em a try. I don't do track days on my RT, but I do ride pretty "spiritedly" on local mountain roads. I have only 1100 miles on it so far, but I've found it to be just as good for my needs as anything I've used before. I ride two up about 30% of the time with an extra 150 - 200 lbs (including my wife) on the bike. We just did 1000 miles this past weekend and the 009 Raven performed very well, wet, dry, or sandy. Put me down as not having one bad thing to say about them too!
I put Tread Life at "average", but I'm nowhere near the end of life for this tire. I'll have to revisit once it's used up.
To be clear, I only have the rear. I cannot speak for the front...
April 22, 2013
Great tire !
I went to replace my old Dunlop for something cheap to last me a couple months but this baby last me for a lot longervthanbthat! it's a great tire!!
November 12, 2012
Great price for commuting ride!!!
I've had shinko tires before and they're pretty dang reliable. Though they don't have as much traction as the more expensive sports tires they do their job effectively and they do what they're suppose to do. Just like any new tires they're a bit unsure, but they warm up quickly. They're definitely not a tire which I would turn on the bike and hit some corners right off the start. The rubber is quite thick so it allows for tread life to be a bit longer than most. Once these tires warm up though they're just as good as any other!!!
The real awesome deal with these though is besides the long warm up period for the tires they are cheap while giving the performance desired.
These tires I would recommend for riders which ride for the ride and commute, not for riders who like to hit high speeds or sharp turns. They're a bit questionable at times, and though it might be me as a rider I felt more safe with the Diablo Corsa II on turns than these wheels.
Ride a zx6r
October 15, 2012