Shinko Dual Sport Tires

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by narcop482, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. narcop482

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    For what it's worth............... If you use these or are thinking about it, DO NOT put these on your bike or take them off. Not worth the savings. I thought I would save myself some money and put a set of these on instead of the usual Metzler Tourances, what a hugh and almost deadly mistake.

    At first they appeared to be wearing OK, good grip both on and off road but then I noticed the rear tire had 7, yes 7 seperate tears right down to the steel. Then I checked the front tire and it too had some seperating.

    They had some really good reviews but then again I don't think many vendors are putting the bad reviews on-line.

    Just my 2 cents..................... PLEASE be CAREFUL.
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  2. 3DChief

    3DChief "Moto therapist"

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    Could you be more specific? Which model of Shinko tires? What size? What bike did you have them on? Tire pressure? Loaded heavy bike or unloaded light bike?

    Your experience does not match with a lot of other riders. I am running Shinko 244's on a DR650, an XT225, and a KLR 250 with no issues.

    Tim
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  3. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    I put shinko 244 tires on my xt225, and it handled better than the stock tires, they lasted a long time too.

    then I put some shinko 244 tires on my dr 350, they have worked well, and often get used at zero psi for traction

    I even ran a shinko 705 tire on the rear of my bmw gs, it was a great tire.

    Not one second would I hesitate to run a shinko tire.
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  4. Flashmo

    Flashmo Whatever...

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    My experience with Shinkos have been good.
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  5. lamotovita

    lamotovita Ageing Adventurer

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    I'm not a fan of Shinko tires (mainly because of their weight) but as far as I know none of them are steel belted, so I assume the steel referred to is the wire bead. The vague description seems likely to be mounting damage.
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  6. BADDAD

    BADDAD " Bitter Clinger "

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    I have always had good luck with Shinko tires. Cheap you get what you pay for, they are usually gone in less than 8k but never any failures.

    However I dont think I would run them a heavy bike, I run them on my KLR.
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  7. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    The 244 on my KLR was fine, great tire actually. The 705 on a heavy adventure bike, there you are asking for trouble. :deal
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  8. bman

    bman Been here awhile

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    The 705's on my KLR are holding up just fine, now Duro's thats a whole nother story.:D
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  9. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    Hmmmm....put a set of 244's om my klr and they stick great on the road and dirt with lower pressure and wear like iron. But no way would I run a set of cheap tires on a big heavy bike which I am assuming the op may have. Kind if a useless post until we have more facts.
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  10. JStory

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    Search the oilhead forum. A lot of guys running the radial 705 on GSes. I'm on my third rear and second front on my 1100, no complaints.
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  11. schaffer40

    schaffer40 I look lived in.....

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    I ran a front/rear set of 700 series with no trouble. Changed to Mefo Explorer and got comparable mileage/performance. I now have a set of Shinko 705 with about 1500miles and no issues.
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  12. AndrewT

    AndrewT Been here awhile

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    I WAS thinking about Shinkos for the KLR, but now will NOT put them on.

    I have a set of 244s on an old XT200, where they're doing great, and I will NOT take them off.

    Thanks for the advice.
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  13. Pete-NZ

    Pete-NZ Been here awhile

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    I use 705s on my XT660...
    Good tyres not had a prob with then..
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  14. TwoShots

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    Think the OP will get around to answering these?
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  15. 3DChief

    3DChief "Moto therapist"

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    No, I'm thinking TROLL.
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  16. narcop482

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    Sorry about that.............. I put the Shinko 705s both front and rear. ($89-rear, $46-front) The rear is a radial. The tires were installed at a dealer on my 2002 R1150GSADV. I run the rear with 40psi and the front with 36psi.

    My first overall impression were the tires handled very nice on asphalt (in the twisties) and were wearing well but were a little louder then the Metzlser Tourances

    Both tires had 4012 miles on them and wearing very well when I noticed the 7 splits, tears or separations in the rear tire. The damage was along the left side on the center lugs in 7 different places around on the tire.

    I might have just gotten a bad set from the factory?????. I know the price is great but I'll be sticking to the Metzlers. I've had four sets and never a problem.

    Sorry for any confussion but just wanted to get that out there.
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  17. Bronco638

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    Others have reported issues (like you mention) with the 705 radial. I have used the bias ply version, in the past, with great results (DR650, DR350, NX125). You should be more careful when making 'blanket' statements w/o providing specifics (as in your original post).
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  18. hahmule

    hahmule Balding Gloriously

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    Rode 705's on my Wee for years until they went to the radial tire. Unfortunately, radial construction did not add any durability to the tire, just a higher price. For my money, I went back to the trailwings, I'll source some TKC's if I want to do any significant off road stuff.
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  19. narcop482

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    Didn't mean to hurt anyone's feelings with my "blanket statement". I'm sure others have had good luck with the Shinko brand tire. I'm sure my original post should have been more detailed and for that I deeply apologize for those I have offended.

    They are probably fine for the lighter duel sport bikes.

    I still will never put them between me and the road again...................Too risky based on my personal experience and others that I have read.
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  20. lamotovita

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    Agreed! Cheap tires scare me.
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