Shinko 705 tire life question

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  1. redwing51

    redwing51 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Ive been running Shinko 705's for years. Ive always liked them for price, of course, but also for their mileage. I had been getting 9-10k miles on a rear mounted to R1150GS's. Perhaps sometimes 8k, but they never fully wore out. I'd mount new 705's before taking any long trips even though there was still some tread left. In August, I mounted a set of 705's on a 2011 R1200GS and the rear tire is completely worn with the threads showing at 5k miles. So what gives? Why the significant drop in mileage? The 5k miles are mostly highway miles and the 1200GS is lighter than the 1150GS's that I had before.
    Any theories appreciated... (even conspiracy theories)
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  2. NZRalphy

    NZRalphy I'm not half as good as I think I thought I was

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    I used to work in a rubber parts making company. Mixing the rubber on monster sized machinery were a few blokes that loved doing their job really well, but if they had been on the turps the night before....... some of their concentration was a little off and it was a challenge to know if they mixed the ingredients properly.
    Perhaps there is a batch that is a little soft?
    On saying that I get 20-25km front and 8-12km rear on my '12 GSA1200.
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  3. JR356

    JR356 Long timer

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    August heat and lots of highway miles are the likely culprits.
    I was getting 5-7K out of 705 rear on my 051200GS.Double that on the front,but cupping bad after about 10-11k miles.

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  4. BMWBOB51

    BMWBOB51 Going slower, but bench race faster :)

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    I've gone through 4 or 5 rears and a few fronts over the last year. I always get between 4 and 5K rear and twice that on the front. I wish their fall in was so pronounced is my only complaint, but a little opposite bar pressure compensated. I may try a TKC 70 front next time with 705 rear to see if the bike more neutral in turns. Never had a 705 slip while riding aggressively!
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  5. avejoe

    avejoe Long timer

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    I have a 2011 GSA. Just replaced the rear 705 at 9,000 miles. I could gotten another 1,000 out of it. Front at 9,000 miles looks almost new.
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  6. redwing51

    redwing51 Been here awhile Supporter

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  7. redwing51

    redwing51 Been here awhile Supporter

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    That's my usually mileage with 705's. I'm wondering why this rear only lasted 5000. Front tire looks new at 5000 miles.
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  8. WJBertrand

    WJBertrand Ventura Highway

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    Could you have accidentally fitted a bias version? Some sizes are available in either radial or bias construction.


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  9. Neal J Hinerman

    Neal J Hinerman Been here awhile

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    I have an '07 Adventure, and I usually replace my rear at 6,000 miles, and the front at 12,000. Wear seems to be related to air pressure & load. Most of my riding is commuting to work, and 3,500+ mile tours. The rears get pretty flat in the center at the 5-6,000 mile. I run the front at 38 psi, and the rear at 42. The previous owner put them on the bike, and I've been using them for the last 7 years with no complaints.
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  10. redwing51

    redwing51 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Nope. Radials.
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  11. SoCalGuy

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    I got 4,500 miles from the rear of a Shinko 705 radial on a 2016 R1200GSW. Front 705 put on at same time was still good. IMO...the tires are a good compromise for both on-road and off-road performance as long as you air them down when off pavement. Obviously a good value as well.
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  12. one Wolf

    one Wolf Adventurer

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    '14 1200GS, Shinko 705s are good for about 5000mi on rears, 10,000 on fronts. Sometimes a bit of wobble at high speeds but not too scary. Good traction on pavement, lots better that stock Anakees on gravel.
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  13. NZRalphy

    NZRalphy I'm not half as good as I think I thought I was

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    Have you noticed how if you ride the bike like a GP bike then the front cups a lot? One set I got all ham fisted with the brakes and the front tread blocks ramped something horrible - won't do that again.
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  14. aja1739

    aja1739 Curmudgeon In Chief

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    Yup. 12.5k miles (so far) on the front on my '14 S-10 ES, including a fair amount of aggressive mountain riding here in NC. Also have a couple longer distance (3,500+ mi.) trips. Got just about 8k mi on the first rear & replaced it at 2mm tread depth. Just got back from a weekend trip, and had thought the front seemed noisier than I'd remembered. Turns out it was quite feathered, but still has like 5mm depth at the lowest point. If I can, I'd like to wait til I need a new rear to replace the front, but obviously, safety trumps all other issues/concerns.

    Honestly.... For the price & performance, I'd be hard-pressed not to keep buying these things. Grippy as a high-school virgin, planted in the rain, reasonable mileage, and 2 rears & a front don't cost much more than one rear Conti or Michelin. Hard to argue with the value proposition.

    Andrew
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  15. jphaxx

    jphaxx Been here awhile

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    I don't know if I'm ever going to have to replace the front tire. I have 14k miles on it and it's not even at 50%
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  16. SFDemo

    SFDemo Been here awhile

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    I got over 10k out of my front on my T800XC only starting to cup toward the end.
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  17. jphaxx

    jphaxx Been here awhile

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    The shinko is absurd. I think i'm going to try the 804 or 805 next (whatever fits on the front of my GS. I don't know if it's the dirt bike suspension or what but I installed an 805 on the front of my gf's xt250 and could not believe how smooth that tire was at speed. I didn't even know that I had a somewhat knobby on the front. Respect to shinko.
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  18. SoCalGuy

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    The Shinko 705s are pretty amazing! I have them on my ‘16 R12GS. They stick really well on pavement while canyon carving and are adequate for lot of off-roading in the Southwest deserts when aired-down to about 27 psi. Not good in deep sand though! No experience in mud, but doubt they would be any good. I have about 10,000 miles total. Front is still good. Changed the first rear after 4,500 miles and the second rear has 5,500 and still has a bit left. Looks like I will get 3 rears to 1 front. Incredible value IMHO.
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  19. leafman60

    leafman60 Long timer

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    I usually get 6000-7000 miles on a rear 705 with my R1200GSWC. Front tires go much longer. I do not want a tire that gets any greater mileage than this. I want traction, especially on wet pavement, and the 705's provide that.

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  20. BMWBOB51

    BMWBOB51 Going slower, but bench race faster :)

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    I get about 4K miles from a rear and the front is ready to go after 2 rears because if I let go of the bars the front will start to start ocillating. Someday I'll try the 805 if I do a BDR.
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