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post #1 of 35 Old 10-12-2013, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Shinko 705's are crap in the rain

That is all. Radials.
My ABS engaged multiple times to/ from work yesterday in the rain. They never did on the stock tires. It rained all day, so the roads were clean on the way home and I was still sliding all over the place.

Maybe great for dual-sporting, but not for commuting.
YMMV, of course.

Maybe this will save someone's life before it gets buried in the giant tire thread.
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post #2 of 35 Old 10-12-2013, 09:28 AM
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I'm on my second pair and never had any issues with them in the rain.
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post #3 of 35 Old 10-12-2013, 09:30 AM
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One opinion. MMDV, of course. Seattle area, 3 sets, never a problem in the rain. Lots of riding in the rain.


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post #4 of 35 Old 10-12-2013, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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What pressures are you guys running?

Honestly, I want to love these tires, but terror precludes that.
On the way TO work, I had the back trigger a few times - no drama. It had just started to rain and the roads were slick.
After raining all day, on the way FROM work I triggered the front, twice, both times with very little breaking effort. Both times sliding towards the back of a car stopped in front of me which is a little scary.

Speed conservative, due to conditions. Plenty of stopping distance. Not stabbing the brakes. It just felt "wrong" -they were locking VERY easily. What am I doing wrong?

..or was I just following a leaky oil truck or something?
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post #5 of 35 Old 10-12-2013, 10:00 AM
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I've kinda noticed that with the first rains of the season that most tires are crap with the oil and foam floating off the road surface. I wouldn't trust studded tires to help. More like abject fear and caution are in order. I love when a decent rain storm comes in a really washes the area clean. waters my lawn too!
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post #6 of 35 Old 10-12-2013, 10:24 AM
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I've never run them on my Vee, but am on my third set on my KLR 650, and will likely keep buying them for that bike. Proper tire pressure is pretty important. I have never had a concern with them in the rain. They are a lot less fun in the last 1000 miles of their life than some other tires I have used, but it is hard to argue with the cost. My buddy had them on his Wee and really didn't care for them. My thought would be that they may not be the best bet for a heavier bike.

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post #7 of 35 Old 10-12-2013, 10:44 AM
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I would surmise that it takes a lot of rain to finally wash all the auto oils from the road in the OP's area (AZ). Guys in Seattle, where it rains a lot have much less oil to deal with when it rains.

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post #8 of 35 Old 10-12-2013, 11:00 AM
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I have had 4 sets on two different V Stroms.

One thing I ALWAYS thought about them was how GOOD they were in rain!

They have deep tread and when new they might feel a bit squirmy but from peg dragging to wet roads I have never had one slide on me.

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post #9 of 35 Old 10-12-2013, 11:19 AM
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Were these new tires? How many miles on them?

My Full Bore's (Shinko 705 clone) were scary everywhere for the first couple hundred miles. After that found them great on the pavement wet or dry, only just a tad noisy and robbed me about 2-3 mpg. Even decent in the mud and sand considering it's a 80/20'ish tire.



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post #10 of 35 Old 10-12-2013, 05:32 PM
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It rains a lot here in Florida. I never had an issue with my 705 front tire in the rain.
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