Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Shinko 712 Report
In the middle of May this year my new-to-me '08 Wee needed some new tires. It still had the original factory ones and they were at 11K miles with still a whiff of tread left, but not much. Not being made of money, and hearing about impending furloughs for Federal employees, I really couldn't afford to spend a lot so I started looking around. My other bike (don't own a car!) is an '05 GS with 80K miles and I usually run Shinko 705s on it (I get between 6-8K miles on the rear and 12-15K on the front) but even the price of them was too much so I kept looking. The adventure bike sizes of 110\80-19 and 150\70-17 are well served in the marketplace with many high-end brands with commensurate high-end prices. I started searching various sites by size instead of type and hit on the Shinko 712s. They are made for some Harley so I thought on the Wee they would last a good while. Whereas the tread pattern is strictly street, so is 98% of my riding, so that was no problem. The only hitch was the front size. It didn't come in the 110\80-19. You have a choice of: 110\90-19 or 100\90-19. Because the speedo and odo are driven by the front tire I wanted it to be very close to stock. I found a site that gave the circumference for all three sizes and the 100\90-19 was a tiny bit different from the stock 110\80-19 (about 1%) so I went with it. When I installed them they went on as easy as the 705's usually do and the front looks just the same as the original to the eye. The speedo registers the same by my gps as the old tires did and my fuel mileage is identical so the odo is very close too.
I've ridden them for over 7K miles now and the front still looks new. The rear shows a little wear, but not much. I expect to get at least 10-12K on it.
The best part was the cost. I sourced them from Motorcycle Superstore and they were: front $48.99 and rear $67.99 shipped to my door. That comes to $116.98 for both tires!
I use my bike for commuting (50 miles RT) and weekend travel (~200 miles each weekend) and they handle everything I've been in from torrential Florida rains to egg-frying-hot asphalt and I've been very pleased with the results.
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