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.
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.
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