Shinko Failure

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by AluminumMike, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. AluminumMike

    AluminumMike Adventurer

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    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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  2. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    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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  3. AluminumMike

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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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  4. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    While not common, tread separation has been reported frequently for Shinko tires.

    Jamie
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  5. XTrooper

    XTrooper Been here awhile

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    Not common + reported frequently = conflicting statements. :D

    I don't think I'd put a set of these tires on my bike.
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  6. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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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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  7. AluminumMike

    AluminumMike Adventurer

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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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  8. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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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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  9. pjm204

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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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  10. AluminumMike

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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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  11. GB

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  12. HH

    HH Hurricane Harry

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    Way to improvise AM. :clap
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  13. nucular

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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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  14. Jamie Z

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    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.

    Jamie
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  15. Sabre

    Sabre Prêt? Allez!

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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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  16. Foot dragger

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    I like the installing of the running shoe sole into the tire,with a tube, and getting home.
    Very well done.
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  17. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    Low quality crap MAY have a place in SOME instances... but motorcycle tires ISN'T one of them.
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  18. Berto

    Berto Inherently Floridian

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    The 009 Ravens have always been great tires for me.I have used them on my Uly, the XB12 and Just put some on my SV 650 and when the Sportster needs tires its going to get Shinko's. It might be that the 705 is just a bad tire design
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  19. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv € Fl Keys Fishing Guide €

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    I have put quite a few miles on the radial Shinko's without any issues but I guess there is always a possibility that a failure will occur. I am happy that the OP survived this incident without any harm to himself!! The bias ply Shinko's were a disaster and I had a failure on the rear tire as well, but the radials served me well on a lot of mainly dirt trips...
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  20. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Hey! Watch this.

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    Have never heard anything good about them. Not the right place to save a few bucks.
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