Ok, let me start off by telling what I ride. I live in southern California, so most my terrain is open desert. So , as you know that includes high speed sand washes, miles of whoops, and enough rocks to keep Fred Flinstone employed forever! That being said, the holy grail for motocross/enduro tires is to try to find one that doesn't do a single thing really well, but to find one that does everything pretty well. For instance, a mud/sand tire will suffer in slippery rocks and likewise a woods tire will be a challenge in deep sand. what do you do? if you're like me, you will cover ALL that terrain in one moto. From the mountain single track, down into the desert and cross a few rivers and back to the mountain. That being said, I go through a LOT of tires, and like most people, I don't have a ton of money to experiment. Enter the Shinko 525. Wow, what great tire! It does everything very well. You'll of course need to play with pressure to find the "sweet spot" for what you ride, where you ride, but once you do, its game on! I have a 525 on KTM 450 and have just about 4oo HARD miles on it. Its still going....
honestly, I've ridden every tire, from Maxxis to Golden tyre, all great, all proven, but the biggest catch for me is the Shinko 525 is as good and I bought TWO fro the same cash as one of the others!
hook, line, and sinker! I'm Shinko for life!
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Bought this tire for CRF450R used for off road racing. I have been very pleased with how the tire has performed in a wide range of conditions. Everything from Sand, wet roots/rocks, muddy grass track to blue groove this tire has performed well. Would definitely recommend.
Great tire!!! Replaced rear in a emergency situation and couldn't be happier. Out performs the harley dunlops in wet and dry and wearing a ton better as well. Will be putting the 230 front on this week. 98 FXSTC
My first impression of the Shinko 505 Hybrid Cheater rear tire is that it looks HUGE! Despite it being the same 120/100-18 size that I've been running, its sidewalls are noticeably taller. Grab a handful of knobs and they feel very soft and pliable, but its 4-ply carcass is still firm and not too thin. It felt a little heavier than the typical knobby, so I tossed it on the scale and it came in at just under 16lbs. The tread pattern looks traditional, but being directional, there is no reversing the tire to extend its useful life. In terms of installation, I've mounted a ton of tires in my time and the...
05/2015 Definitely a harder compound than the Dunlop Q2's I had previously. I was concerned about the cornering grip, so with some hesitation, I ran these (front and rear) at back to back trackdays at Texas World Speedway on 05/09 & 05/10. I run intermediate lap times (2:20) and had no problems with dry track grip. They were very slippery on the "tar snakes" in the rain, but I'm not sure any tire would have done much better in those conditions. Both front and rear did not ball up as much as the Dunlop Q2's, with the rear hardly at all.
I'm looking forward to see how the longevity of the tires are. The trackday was ridden after 2200 miles of street riding on the rear and 700 miles of street riding on the front. I'm asking alot out of a tire, long life on the street, and good grip on the track. These are doing great so far.
09/2016 Update: I rode 6,100 miles on the rear and 6,900 on the front, including 3 trackdays. I ran these tires hard on my ZX6E and they performed well. Excellent value.
I decided to take a risk and install a 150/60/18 on the rear of my vintage road race bike. The bike is a 1984 KZ 750 with 87 GSXR 1100 wheels. I matched the rear with an Avon AM 22 front. I raced the bike at CTMP( mosport) and Calabogie Motorsport Park recently and they performed well. I never once lost traction. I was surprised. I only wish they would cash in on the Vintage Road Racing scene and make a matching 18" front and offer these tires in their soft compound.