Without a doubt, the BEST tires I have EVER run! I just ran a set on my 2010 Kawasaki Versys here in SoCal. I only managed 6k out of the rear (I blame SoCal's textured roads that eat rubber for that), but the front is still going. I was ready to pull the trigger on another Raven for the rear, when a friend riding a 2011 Kawasaki Z1000 told me he got over 8k on his rear out of a Michelin Pilot Road 2. So, I decided to take his word for it, and try the Pilot Road 2.
BIG MISTAKE, I MEAN HUGE by comparison! I've already put over 1k on the Pilot Road 2, and my rear end is still all over the place. If I could trade it for another Raven right now, DONE DEAL!
Bottom line, the traction on these Ravens are second to none in my opinion. When I'm riding Raven, I have no worries at all when I lay into the turns on Ortega :p I regret paying more for this Pilot Road 2, and if my income was disposable, I would buy another Raven and throw this Pilot in the recycle bin. The break-in on my Ravens took less than 100-miles, before feeling like they were glued to the road!
I am a Dysturbed Ryders from Central Valley California. I have a set of these on my 2005 Buell lightning XB1203Scg, they are actually great riding tires. Either casual touring, or carving the canyons, these tires really sticks on the tarmac.
I have the front tire lean all the way to the edge, & the rear grooves really well.
My second set of Shinkos and the first set on my current Road King. A Great price for great quality tires. They ride smooth, handle well, and the longevity is at least as good as the Dunlops I've replaced.
Shinko tires are a great value. I have the rear 700 on my 09 KLR650. It's better than I expected. Extremely smooth and grippy in the corners on road and lots of bite off road in gravel, coarse sand and dirt even when not aired down. Looking forward to putting one on the front when it's time.