Shinko 244 Dual Sport Tires
Good Buy Golden Boys
The Shinko 244 Golden Boy is probably the best budget dual sport tire that exists on the market today. It has a variety of sizes that fit a lot of modern and classic dual sport and scrambler style bikes. I bought these for a 1972 Honda CL350 Scrambler and they have been great. These tires offer a great balance of comfort, control and off-road ability. They are only adequate in the rain, but the excellent gravel and dirt performance is worth the trade-off. Mileage for these tires is actually pretty poor, and they have been known to have severe wear issues at high-speed highway driving, but if you plan on taking your bike on a 70mph commute every day, you should be looking for a more road-focused tire anyways. For the money you pay, it is very hard to beat a set of Golden Boys, especially for older bikes and new riders.
October 5, 2015
Great for small bike. But watch quality control
I ordered two identical tires for my little Symba 101cc bike, tire size 2.5-17". One was defective. Once inflated it grew too big and the tread twisted. RevZilla sent out a free replacement asap. (Awesome guys!) The replacement is great. At least on my little bike, its great. I have no experience with this tire on my bigger bikes. Both on and off road riding is easy. Makes the Symba look much tougher! Haha. I may update my review over time. So far, very happy.
August 14, 2015
Decent on road. Doable on dirt. Odd sizing.
Traction plays into safety and dual sport is inevitably a compromise. I ride mainly dirt, but being sure-footed on pavement is important to me. Replaced the factory Bridgestones on my wr250r with these. Hoping they'd be a little more road friendly and they are. Shinko's sizing is old school so I didn't know what to expect. I can tell you the 3.00-21 front and 5.10-18 rear are noticeably taller than my stock 80/100-21 and 120/80-18. I'd say these are best for someone who rides primarily street and occasional dirt. They're far from ideal at either, but the magic 100/100 tire we all want doesn't exist. I do think they're decent for the money if they fit your needs. I like the rear. It's more versatile than the front. Tread spacing is a little too tight on the front for riding dirt. The rear paired up with something else in front could be a good combo.
April 12, 2015
Great product for the price
This was a great buy for my xt250. Easy to mount and great for off road use.
March 16, 2015
Just mounted them and decided to see how far over a mountain summit I could get. Summit road had 8 inches of snow and 4x4 trucks could not make it to the top. I got to the top and down the other side. What a ride!!! Highway riding is smooth so this tire is a great buy.
March 11, 2015
love this tire best 50/50 dual sport tire ive used.
I put this tire on my wr250x for a winter tire ended up loving it so much on and off road that its now a permanent tire. Also recommend to 2 friends and they both love the tires on there supermotos. So far my favorite tire because of its versatility.
November 17, 2014
Ran WABDR with a 244 on the rear, no issues
I ran one of these on a WR250R on the WABDR and it held up fine. I have maybe one or two knobs that have some damage, but there are some fairly rocky sections, including a massive hill climb that's not on the normal route. The 244 didn't seem to grip any better or worse than the more aggressive knobbies on the other bikes. In sure in thick mud a 606 would work better, but for this terrain I had no traction issues.
October 21, 2014
Good tire for the money
I have just under 3000 miles on mine so far and expect at least another 1000-1500 more. Rain grooves can give you some issues but not too bad. Has decent off road and decent on road traction. A great 50/50 tire for the money.
October 13, 2014