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Old 10-13-2012, 11:51 PM
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Yup, I got em......all mounted up, and will be reattaching my wheels to my Strom for a late fall test session......could be interesting trying out, front and rear, a V rated, slightly more off-roady version of the polarizing Shinko 705....THEY SAY, [whomever THEY are] that this tire is a trifle bit more open knobbed than the 705. Will it make a difference? Prolly not, but more interestingly, will the V-rated rubber and carcass ply layup make a difference in longevity and grip? [really! V-rate knobby?]

I can't wait to find out!

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Hello...just north of you a bit in Grand Blanc. I have these Full Bore tires and have been quite pleased. I'd like to bump up to a more knobbier tire, simply b/c I like the "options" of a knobbier tire, but would not hesitate to buy the Full Bore tires again.

I have about 6K miles on mine and my front has another 1,500 to 2,000 miles left, where my rear maybe 1,000.

Anyhow, if you are ever up this way...give me a yell.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:44 AM
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Will do, Storyteller. I imagine you have some nice dirt road country lanes to explore up there!

If the rains keep at bay, I hope to head out on em this morning. I did almost put Kenda Big Blocks on, but thought differently about it after a few recent "OMG" hard on the brakes traffic situations on pavement - figured I'd not be able to slow down as fast on a D.O.T. knobby like the Big Block.......The Fullbores are as much of a compromise as I'm willing to make.

Anyway - I had them mounted at a local moto shop, a surprising amount of wheel weights on the rims, but if it's smooth riding, then it's no big deal. I will take a photo for my own records of the weights so that if they fall off, I'll know how many did so.
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have these Full Bore tires and have been quite pleased.
Just curious, how are the Full Bore re road noise and vibration?
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:04 AM
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Just curious, how are the Full Bore re road noise and vibration?


First ride, 12 miles into work on a meandering country two lane tarmac road. I did take it easy, for I want to wear off the slippery mold release compound. The guy who mounted them aire'd em up to Suzuki's factory PSI for the stock bridgestones, so I have yet to mouse around with air pressures, so I gotta do a little research on the ideal air pressures for these Full Bores.

I swapped these for some squared off + worn out Bridgestone Battlewings. My first impression is that the bike wants to drop into a turn when you go off center. It was a little unnerving at first! I thought the tire was slipping out from under me, or that I'd forgotten to tighten the axle~!, but it seems to be a characteristic of the more pronounced V-shape of the front tire (and my yet to be resolved air pressure settings). Others have mentioned this trait, with the very similar Shinko 705 tire. At my office building's long access drive, I was doing some slow S-turns, to get a better feel for the tire, and wear off some of the mold-release. You definitely can feel, ever so slightly, the large tread blocks squirm a bit, under rigorous side to side transitions - which is very understandable, considering it's a near-knobby. Race slicks, these are not!

Straight line tracking is there - very uneventful. No need to provide for any tiny little corrections - it just kinda guides itself straight. That's nice. As for vibes, due to the tread design? At speed, I got up to around 65mph, and the only thing I noticed was if I really concentrated, I could sense a touch of vibration, where there was none before when I ran the Battlewings. But, it's very negligible, and not a bother at all. You'll notice differences in pavement, before noticing this barely detectable tread vibe. The only time I noticed a vibration of any clear measure, was upon deceleration - between 15-25 mph (?), you can feel/hear the "BBBbbbbzzzzzz" of the knobby tread. I kinda liked that! It was a non-visual reminder that you've reached a certain speed when braking. Other than that, the tires are quite smooth, as quiet at speed as a regular road tire, and while just cruising around, I forgot I had a knobby tire on. Good grip too when goosing the bike up a hill off a dead stop.

But, until I wear away the slippery mold-release coating, I'll yet to give em a full thrashing. I also want to play with the air pressure and see how it affects the carcass shape/cross section regarding road feel. I hope to take my dirt road route home tonight and see how they feel on the dirty side of things......stay tuned.
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It took a good 3-500kms to break in my 705's.
Until then I thought I mounted then backwards!
5000kms later (probably get 4000kms more)
I find them a great tire for the wee.
They are good in the gravel and dirt.
Stick nicely in the paved corners too.
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I've always found that different tires seem to take a bit of experimenting with air pressures before arriving at the one that provides for the best handling of the bike. When I had my '07 Wee, I replaced the OEM TW's with a set of Avon Distanzia's and at first thought I'd made a huge mistake. Handling was vague and I had to work at it. After trying different tire pressures, I found the one that worked very well, and then I love the way they handled. No doubt it's different for each tire brand and each rider.

I'm leaning toward 705's for my next set, as the stock tires on my '09 are junk now.
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After trying different tire pressures, I found the one that worked very well, and then I love the way they handled. No doubt it's different for each tire brand and each rider.

I'm leaning toward 705's for my next set, as the stock tires on my '09 are junk now.
I hope to find that sweet spot with these tires. FYI, all my research indicates that the only real difference between the Shinko and Full Bore tires is the Full Bore versions are V-rated. Not sure what kind of rubber compound and/or tire carcass alterations were done to achieve the higher speed rating. And some have said the Full Bore tire has an ever so slightly more 'open' tread design than the identical-appearing Shinko version.
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As for vibes, due to the tread design? noticed a vibration of any clear measure, was upon deceleration - between 15-25 mph (?), you can feel/hear the "BBBbbbbzzzzzz" of the knobby tread. I kinda liked that! It was a non-visual reminder that you've reached a certain speed when braking. Other than that, the tires are quite smooth, as quiet at speed as a regular road tire,
Appreciate the feedback. Running a Heidi on the rear and soon to be replaced Shinko on the front. Heidi's nice but does have a bit of a howl. Just gathering info.
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