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    Default Shinko 009 Raven sport-touring tire

    After some deliberation, I decided to pull the trigger on a pair of Shinko 009 Raven sport-touring tires. These are Shinko's long-wearing model with wet weather in mind so they appealed to me in terms of the type of riding I do & the weather I have to ride in.

    The other thing that appealed to me was the price. At $140 a set out-the-door, they were by far and away much cheaper than anything else I could find.

    Normally I am very hesitant about cheap tires but I have heard very positive reviews from users & I do realize that Shinko is simply using Yokohama's old tooling & technology so I figured I'd take the risk. I honestly didn't know what to expect with these and I had no confidence that they would be good but I was willing to try for the sake of trying.

    So at the moment they are installed on my SV650. There were no issues with install or balancing and they were pretty grippy straight from the get-go.

    Comparing them to the previous tires (Bridgestone BT-016), they seem to have a very similar profile but because they are new, the front end felt 100lbs lighter compared to my old set which were squared off front & rear when I ditched them. I noticed that the treads are pretty deep and quite soft which would account for some of the feedback I was getting when comparing them to the stiffer BT-016s. I imagine this will go away once the tires wear down a bit and I already don't notice it anymore.

    I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised; maybe even shocked. My short-term impression is very positive! They feel good! I have plenty of confidence on them after just a short time and they really do seem to have great grip levels for the street. Wet performance I'm not sure of just yet but I'm bound to know within the next week now that I've got some confidence.

    I will say that I get the impression the outright grip of them is not at the same level of the BT-016 or any other hypersport tire. I guess we will see when I get some more time on them.

    I will update after a few thousand miles!
    Last edited by Dustin; 05-12-2011 at 12:06 PM.

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    Ran a set of 009's for about 9000 mi. they do great in the rain. Switched to 005's have about 4000mi. on them, better grip, know a guy who got past 9000mi. on the 005's on a Busa. My son in law is on his second set of 005's on his Blackbird.
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    I used to bash Shinko until I learned they make the preferred tires for drag bikes. They make a serious tire. I have them on my wife's bike and feel very confident.
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    I've certainly changed my view of Shinko tires as well. I look forward to putting a few thousand miles on them and I will update this thread again with some more feedback. Based on input from other users and my experience with mileage & wear for my 80% commuter riding, I predict well over 10,000 miles out of a rear tire so it should carry me into the winter before needing replacement I imagine.

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    I got over 9000 miles on my Ravens on my old Kawasaki ZR7 and now have them on my 03 FZ1 and am happy with them. I now have different Shinko tires on all three of my cycles and I have no complaints about their performance. Great tires.

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    I just wanted to give another short-term update.

    I'm now 1500~ miles on the 009s and have put them through a wide range of conditions & weather from dry twisty roads to mountain passes with hail & sleet.

    Firstly, these do indeed have excellent traction in the wet and I have confidence straight out of my garage, even if it's cold & raining like crazy.

    Secondly, the 'wobbly' feeling these gave me has all but gone away as the tires wore in a bit. I suspected this would be the case and although they don't feel as direct or solid as my BT-016, it's certainly not bad for my usage.

    Thirdly, no noticeable wear on the centre of my tires thus far which bodes well for the kind of life I expect to see out of these.

    I'll update again maybe when I hit 5000 miles or something. Shouldn't take long

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    I hear if you soap them up and go out in the rain they are great to practice throttle control with.
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    Shouldn't you be out in the garage doing mods to your bike?

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    LOL, your right I should be getting ready for Deals Gap..
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    Adminstrator Shinko 009 Raven sport-touring tire FZ1inTX's Avatar
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    Well, I am going to try these Shinko 009 Ravens. Michele ordered me a set and they will be here on Monday. Until then, I cannot ride. Yesterday's trip was the last for the stock tires. The rear has worn through in the center and they are not safe to ride. She is parked until I can get the new donuts mounted. So... I'll be able to report back on how hard/easy that tire changing equipment is really soon now! Thanks to you all who have run these tires and reported back. $182 shipped for a set is quite a deal!



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