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  • Tire: 705 Series

    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).

  • Tire: 011 Verge

    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.

  • 12/21/2014: I am still using the same set of tires that had 2200 miles on them when I made the previous post. They now have about 7500 on them. I had a vibration in the handle bars. Tired a few things to solve including dropping the air pressure in tires. Nothing worked. At the very end of the season I replaced the original steering bearings (30 year old), It fixed the problem. Dealers told me that it was probably the shinkos, they were very wrong. I have about 7500 miles on them. Front - great shape, Rear looking a little low. I have not actually measured depth. Thought about just replacing to save some mid season turn around time. Have I been lucky with rear tire wear? They still ride nice and smooth. Have not driven in rain, so I cant comment.

  • Tire: 712

    I bought a set of these for my V-Strom 1000. Frankly, I was looking for an inexpensive tire to mount prior to selling the bike. Of course, I've been relaxed about selling, and have put a couple of thousand miles on this set.

    They have two issues, both with the front tire design, which cause me to give them a low rating:

    1) the central groove in the tread follows rain grooves and pavement irregularities very aggressively. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and almost all of the freeways and bridges are concrete with seams, and have grooved texture. Below 40mph, the front darts between grooves, and causes me the sensation of losing the front. Very very unpleasant.

    2) The compound is quite hard: they show virtually no wear at 2500 miles since installation. It is satisfactory in dry weather, but does not provide acceptable traction whatsoever in wet weather.

    This front tire would be only acceptable if you live in the desert southwest with no rain, and no rain grooves.

  • Shinko SE890's on my 2006 GL1800.
    Have heard ratings that are radically opposed why I believe what matters is my own. The fact that tire price is not that of the big players is irrelevant when it comes to personal safety, reliability, handling, etc. For me this is where value is. I have not had any of the horrible experiences some claim to call this tire "junk". My experience with 890's is nothing less than EXCELLENT. The cupping, road noise grip among other many other downsides from the OEM tires is what junk really is.
    The SE890's grip like glue to the road, noise none, predictable, fantastic control and everything you can expect from a good tire.
    I believe that to rate any tire first, the bike must be in tip top condition. In the case of Goldwings, there are many high mileage uncared bike out there that wont make it with whatever tire is put on it much less, with a sticky tire. I say this out of experience as I also ride a BMW K1300GT and hard. My Goldwing with upgraded suspension and solidly maintained I can also ride it hard with the SE890's that I never dreamed possible with the OEM's.
    Downsides: Front wears more than rear. With 4K's on the set, the rear shows no apparent signs of wear. The front has at best, 2K more to go. Fact, soft stick compound. Truth: I love it and could care less if all I can squeeze out of the front is 6K. Why, because possibilities of recovering from a sliding rear is recoverable as compared from loosing front grip. We all know the turnout when our front goes. The SE890 front compound is astonishing fantastic even though wear is not. Facts and math. @ $96 bucks each front plus mounting & balancing a second tire for 12K total miles, is a great buy for the added performance value. This assumption is given based on rear lasting also 12K miles. If this is true, all 3 tires (2 front & 1 rear), your still on the winning total out of pocket side, plus all the benefits compared to leading brands.
    Last but not least, after 2 years I change tires no matter how much rubber they may have. Tire compound dries and hardens over time. keeping safe is worth more than a set of tires. I say this because those who change their old dried out tires for fresh ones will notice, whatever the make, important handling difference.
    Last but not leased. Grove design is crucial and of core importance when selecting tires. Read and learn how these groves work and why they go one and another way. You do not need to become an expert to know what will work best for your ride and dissipate water. Hydroplaning besides being a terrifying experience, is a complex subject that all and every tire & rider is subject to when she or he exceeds limits.
    RIDE SAFE AND BE ALWAYS HAPPY

  • Ran this as a front tire on my Sporty chop for over two years. Commuted 40 miles round trip, five days a week for a year, then a 1200 mile road trip, four months more of daily riding, then a 2500 mile road trip. I now commute almost 50 miles daily and it's finally time for a replacement. Great tire. They wore very oddly, however (back, inside of outside knobs went first) earning them four stars.

  • Ran this as a front tire on my Sporty chop for over two years. Commuted 40 miles round trip, five days a week for a year, then a 1200 mile road trip, four months more of daily riding, then a 2500 mile road trip. I now commute almost 50 miles daily and it's finally time for a replacement. Great tire. They wore very oddly, however (back, inside of outside knobs went first) earning them four stars.

  • Tire: Smoke Bomb

    Good tyre, start the burnout in 2nd or 3rd, get some good revs going, heaps of smoke pours out, however the tyre does leave bits of rubber everywhere..... and I mean everywhere. I ran mine at 28psi... then drag raced on it .. great day, crowd loved it!

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