Shinko 244 Dual Sport Tires
Bought these as cheap throw-aways but happily surprised!
Bought these for a 2000 mile mixed road/dirt trip on a Suzuki DR650 because I didn't want to burn up the Dunlop 606/ Perelli MT-21 combo with a lot of life left on them. Swapped these on thinking for the price if they just lasted for the trip it was a good deal. Turns out they wear great, provide decent traction on the dirt and good reliable traction on the paved twisties. My buddy is using the Heidenau's ($$$) and getting comparable wear on a XR650L. Not ready to take these to Alaska next year but they sure impressed me for the price.
November 18, 2013
Can't complain at this price.
Have put about 700 miles of various terrain. Haven't found an area where this tire disappoints (except maybe heavily grooved concrete, but what aggressive tire excels here, anyways). Give wear I am seeming I would expect about 3k miles out of it which is fine as that is what I got out a pair of Metzler Sahara II at almost $100 more. In a nut shell; a great compromise tire.
November 18, 2013
Shinko 244 on rear
My first Shinko 244 rear tire lasted 8,400 miles on my KLR 650. This mileage was acheived on 30% gravel, 60% pavement and 10% off road. This was 2600 miles longer than the OEM Dunlop rear tire. The Shinko 244s are a good buy and give excellent service and traction on the KLR 650.
November 7, 2013
Seem to be a good buy
I bought these tires about a month ago. At first they were really sketchy on the pavement. They had alot of shimmy at around 60+ mph. As they wear in the ride on pavement gets alot better. They do really well in the grass and dirt. Not too good in gravel, but what tire is....They sure beat street tires if you want to be more versatile. I put them on a 2009 klx 250 sf. The stock tubes worked fine, its hard to find a on-off road tire for the stock 17" rims. They are cheap, and they look sweet. I haven't had any problems since i got them. I ordered them on a thurs. at @2 and they showed up the next day. Really happy with revzilla.
October 7, 2013
Good tire option...
I was looking for dual sport tires for my 09 KLX 250SF and these tires came up in many searches, so I gave them a shot. Tread life has been good and grip both in the dirt and on the pavement is good as well. For the price, I couldn't beat these tires.
September 30, 2013
Great tire at a great price!
I bought this front tire to replace the Bridgestone that came with the bike, a 2008 Honda CRF 230l. If anything, it is better than the original with better road holding and no discernable road noise - the Bridgestone was very noisy. I recommend this product but I must add that I only drive the bike on tarmac.
September 1, 2013
I love these tires...but something strange on last set.....
Let me start this by saying.. Overall, I LOVE these tires. I am on my third set. (I never needed to change the front but I do em both anyways ) I have gotten over 4000 miles on the rears...easy. I am on a KLR650. I had put Mefo Explorers on ($175 a rear!! )becuase they were supposed to be so good... I got 3000 miles and rear was shot...and I never really felt them to be that great anywheres. I did tons of reading reviews...and saw the Shinkos got great reviews and were about the CHEAPEST tire I could find... And let me say...WOW...I put em on, and instantly liked em better then the Mefos. Great on road (I don't do much peg scraping on my big KLR)....and love em on the forest roads and such... However...strange, I got done with a 3500+ mile trip...had just put brand new tires on front and rear. Near the end of the trip...I recall doing a real quick look at the front..and I was surprised it showed NO wear.... Once I got home and I did a better inspection...come to find that the direct CENTER lugs showed NO wear...still had the indicator grooves all healthy....but the OFF center lugs were worn down bald..NOT chunked off, I could tell they WORE. I thought maybe because I had alot of tail weight with my pack and such they just wore funky... . Now I have a new front on, and it seems to be wearing the same way...the OFF center lugs (not the furthest to the sidewall...but not the dead center lug) seem to be wearing substantially more/first. Anyone else see this ? Either way....for the price, I STILL am staying with these tires... I could swap a front when half worn..and still do better that more expensive tires. REVZILLA is awesome to deal with...and very cool when I called to ask if they had heard of this before.
I attached a picture..if you all can see it. This is only got about 500 miles or so on it, but you can see already how some of the more outer lugs are wearing...while the center ones still look fresh. My air pressure is spot on....I dont air down ever. I am not 2 up...and not weighted by any gear or panniers.
August 19, 2013
Good tire and unusual sizes available
I needed 17" on/off road tires for my Yamaha WR250X (Supermoto) and Shinko was the only company that had the correct sizes. As it turned out the tires have excellent grip on pavement and dirt. They are a bit stiff and heavy, but work great for my bike. My riding is about 25% off road, mostly in sand and gravel. The tires are quite smooth and stable on pavement, but are a bit noisy.
August 19, 2013