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Old 12-20-2011, 12:43 AM   #1
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Shinko Failure

I was a happy Shinko guy until a big tread lug separated and flew off the tire. I was rolling at a good clip on the road from Nata to Kasane, Botswana and had no idea until I realized my turn signals weren't working. Looking for the cause I discovered that the tread had flown up and tore through the wiring under the rear fender. Anyway, you see the exposed carcass. I was a long way from home and had to dismount the tire, cut off my running shoe sole and glue it to the inside of the tire, and then put a tube in. I was able to limp home the last 350 kms to Lusaka. Anyway, they were doing great up to then but I can't trust them anymore.
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:41 AM   #2
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Wow

Was this damaged tire a radial?

What psi were your running in the tire?

Very glad nothing was worst than the rear signal lights.

Did your tire dealer offer to replace it w/ the same or were your desires for a different brand? I would think.
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:55 AM   #3
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These are radial tubeless. I was running 40 psi and carrying about 75 lbs of gear. Because I live in Zambia, I have to order these through the mail (this order came from Motorcycle Superstore) so there's no returning it (this just happened this past Sunday). At the end of the day, it was a relatively inexpensive tire. I really did like these tires b/c they gave respectable off-road performance and were confident on wet tarmac as well, which is hard to find on a dual-purpose tire for a heavy GS. I think I'll head toward the Conti's and just accept that quick wear is a fact of life and to slow down a bit in the rain.

I do think I was lucky and just want to let others know to be careful with these. I'd like to think it was a one-off fluke event, but we don't have a lot of margin for safety on two wheels.
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:21 AM   #4
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While not common, tread separation has been reported frequently for Shinko tires.

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Old 12-20-2011, 03:47 AM   #5
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Not common + reported frequently = conflicting statements.

I don't think I'd put a set of these tires on my bike.
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:42 AM   #6
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How many miles were on the tire?


Id call it a victory, instead of a failure if you were rolling at a good clip and didnt realize it had come apart!
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:04 AM   #7
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That's one way to look at it.If only the tread was a tough as the carcass, right?

About 2,500 miles, give or take. I was about 2,000 miles into this trip.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:07 AM   #8
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I had nearly 4500 ( actually Im thinking closer to 5500..) on the rear I just removed ( also non radial, mostly unload 1100gs)It was slick down the center strip though.
I kept it at 36psi



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That's one way to look at it.If only the tread was a tough as the carcass, right?

About 2,500 miles, give or take. I was about 2,000 miles into this trip.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:10 AM   #9
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I've been running them for a couple sets. I love them. I had Avon Distanzias before them and thought they were garbage. That is pretty ridiculous after 2500 miles but every manufacturer lets out defects here and there.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:17 AM   #10
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Yeah, these have been my favorite tire and they have been the best for me with decent off-road and wet and dry tarmac performance.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:33 AM   #11
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If you do a search here, thru google, you will find a long running thread with dozens of reports of what you've experienced.

here's one big thread:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...443226&page=41
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:38 AM   #12
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:46 AM   #13
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It's been a while but I researched the 705s quite a bit before I bought a set for my DRZ. It seemed like that issue cropped up quite a bit but only on heavier bikes.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:28 AM   #14
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Not common + reported frequently = conflicting statements.

I don't think I'd put a set of these tires on my bike.
As Gadget Boy has pointed out and posted a link, I simply mean that there are many reports of this occurring. That said, the incidents make up a minority of Shinko users. Thus, it's not very common.

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Old 12-20-2011, 01:03 PM   #15
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I put a set on my 955 Tiger and liked them well enough. When I sold the Tiger it was ridden 2-up across the USA by the new owner. The Shinkos, at that time with only about 2,000 miles on them, completely self-destructed halfway across the country.
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