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post #1 of 11 Old 10-18-2019, 05:38 AM Thread Starter
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Bias Ply or Rafial Tires

Hello V-Strom owners V-Strom, going to go with the 705 Shinko tires. My question is which type bias ply or radial tire? I read pros and cons on both tires, one of the biggest difference is the price I did notice the Bias ply tire is $40 cheaper than the radial tire. My current tire has 14K, with plenty of tread, but the problem is the cupping on the tire causing uneven ride and causing the tire to heat up fast. One other issue I been having that caused the cupping is holding tire pressure, I check the pressure monthly, notice that I would lose about 8 lbs pressure per month. The tire pressure never drop below 32 psi and I keep both the front and back at 40 psi. Thoughts??? Thanks is advance for the help.
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How do you edit post? I accidentally cut some information out at the front of the post, meant to Say, Going to replace the tires on my V-Strom with the 705 Shinko tires.
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post #3 of 11 Old 10-18-2019, 07:02 AM
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I'll take Donatello tires over Rafial tires any day

When it comes to Radial verses Bias its up to you. No mater what 705 front you buy it will cup. Loosing pressure could possible be the valve core/stem slowly leaking. But it still not uncommon for a tire to loose some pressure over time. That is why we should check them on a regular basis.
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Not to disagree, but the front 705's on my Wee don't cup. Over 8K miles on them now and the tread pattern looks like new.. Typically run 36 front and 40 rear.
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Who's Rafial?

I'm running Shinko 804/805's bias knobbies right now, which is a surprisingly good tire.

Are you saying the 705 comes in bias or radial? If so, buy the radial.

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Yes the front Shinko 705 comes in bias or radial. Bias ply tires do have their place in motorcycling don't automatically think they are infertior to radial.

Every front Shinko 705 I've seen with more then 4,000 miles had cupping and only got more pronounced as the mileage went up.

I run them at 36/38 front and 40/42 rear



Here's a good read on bias versus radial tire construction from Revzilla so you can help formulate your own opinion of what is best for you:

https://www.revzilla.com/common-trea...-radial-tires:
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Can't speak about the brand of tires or radial vs bias.

I do want to say that if your pressure drops steadily 30 psi and then doesn't drop after that you probably have a small nail or similar in the tire. Higher pressure expands the hole and causes the leak. When the pressure drops the hole seals itself and stops or slows down the leaking.

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Bias Ply or Radial Tires

What is another good off road tire for the week beside shinko?
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Mitas E-07. A 50/50 tyre that is competent on seal and excellent on dirt/gravel. Much better that the OEM Bridgestone's IMO.
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Mitas E-07. A 50/50 tyre that is competent on seal and excellent on dirt/gravel. Much better that the OEM Bridgestone's IMO.
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What is another good off road tire for the week beside shinko?
+1 on the Mitas E-07’s. I’m on my third rear and second front. They are good on road, and good on gravel/dirt fire roads. They are a little buzzy, but -for me- they remove the “riding on ball bearings” feeling I got with the OEM tires when I went off road (even at reduced pressure.) I haven’t had any problems with ridability at any posted speed limit, but my first front would start to wobble at 93 mph (while passing). It was a Dakar. My current front is a standard E-07 and doesn’t have that problem. They have respectable tread life too.
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