This tire handles great and is very predictable traction. The 540 grips everything I've rode on. Mounted on a yz250 for hare scramble racing in mid Missouri. Rocks, logs, creek beds, hard pack, soft mud, you point and it shoots! I am running also with the TuBliss system and the tire is holding up great.
I Have used the Shinko 230, great tire. I wanted to try this tire since a friend used the regular 777 and was very happy, mileage was not really high on that tire, that was his only negative point.
I replaced front and rear on one of my antique bikes with the 777 HD. WOW what a difference on the ride, I have not taken them for a long distance, I can't wait to see how well they perform. Tires on a motorcycle are very important the price is fantastic. so I can replace tires every season if I wanted. replaced the front tire of my Voyager Xii with the 777HD it feels like a new bike. unfortunately I cant replace the rear tire, the size I need is not available
I was an early adapter to the Shinko 804/805 tires for my Suzuki Vstrom. I've ridden on the TKC80 tires prior to this which set the bar pretty high as one of the only choices for good knobby tires on big Adventure bikes running 17/19" tires, but I think Shinko came in here with a clear winner! The Shinko 804/805 are at a good price point that makes it keeping knobby tires on your bike much more practical even if you aren't in the dirt all the time.
I have found that the street performance of the Shinko 804 & 805's is right there with the TKC's which is very impressive as the TKC's do great here. I am thrilled that the Shinko's handle the pavement very well even though they are pretty aggressive knobbies. The dirt/mud performance of the Shinkos is on right on par with the TKC's. I found the front tires to be pretty comparable between the two and not much difference so far that I can tell. On the rear Shinko 805 tire, I think the paddle design of the Shinko gives it a better nudge over the TKC in the deep sand or mud where it just shines. I've been amazed in some deep mud places where I was able to pull through. I would say on the loose gravel when leaned over is where the Shinko falls a little short of the TKC due to the difference it tread design, but again its very predictable and still handles great. It's just a difference in the tread design between the two where the TKC shines more in one aspect and the Shinko shines more in the other.
I'm still not close to wearing mine out, but I think longevity will be pretty promising for a full knobby tire on a big adventure bike.
I recently purchased a 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer. However the original front tire was out of round. (Pirelli Sport Demon). While waiting for a replacement under warranty. I purchased a Shinko 611. I was amazed at the quality and fit and finish of the tire for the price. I mounted it on my V7 Racer and took in out for a ride. It was a smooth ride and offered better cornering grip than the Pirelli. I since received my Pirelli, but have chosen to keep my Shinko on my V7 Racer. I sold my Pirelli on eBay. And purchased a set of 705s for my Triumph Scrambler. And plan on putting Shinkos on my Triumph Bonneville as well.
Have had the front Shinko for less than a year with less than a 1000 miles rides awsome & gunna put matching rear Shinko for Sturgis 75th bash, riding from South Texas to South Dakota 3000 miles round trip two up with gear plus what ever we ride around the Black Hills #keeptherubberdown #goldwing1800 #letsseehowitgoes
I mounted these tires on a 02 DRZ400S to replace 606's. The Golden Boys make very little road noise on the slab compared. The handle well on the highway and city streets but try not to be on them too much. On dirt roads from hard packed to loose gravel I am impressed. They stick good and of course you can over ride any tire but they respond well. Actually tried these tires (front and rear) on a desert MX track and did great in hard packed berms, soft sand, and med packed. You got keep em in the berm but they did great. Soft sand they cut a path and tracked well. 02/09/15 - El Paso, TX
These tires were on my KLR650 when I purchased the motorbike. After two years I finally have to replace my 705....with another 705. I have no complaints with these tires. They perform well on road and averagely well off-road (as long as you avoid mud).
I also have a Yamaha Vmax 1700. I decided to give them a try because I couldn't beat the value. I am pleasantly surprised at the handling and wear. I have over 16K kms. When I need a new set of tires I will again buy these tires.