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post #1 of 8 Old 06-04-2015, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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What Would You Do With This Shinko 705?

This is kind of an off the wall question, but I'm needing a little advice. I recently bought a Wee and ride locally - mostly on paved roads, but I do like to explore gravel and dirt roads. The bike has a Tourance and an Anakee on it right now and they will need to be replaced later this summer.

A guy who replaces tires before going on long trips gave me a 705 front and I'm wondering if it's worth using. It's a non-radial, has 9/32" tread depth, and a date code of 709.

The local shop has quoted $100 for the 705 radial rear, $15 to mount & balance it, and $30 to mount and balance the front that I supply.

Given that the free front is a non-radial, that it's over 6 years old, and that I'll pay extra to have it mounted, I'm wondering if it's worth using or if I'd be better off just getting a new front radial from them as well. I didn't ask, but it'd probably be around $90 + $15 to M&B. Overall, the extra investment would be about $75. Worth it?


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Better off with a new tire. I've got near 12K on a radial front 705.
Shinkys work fine and are a bargain.
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Do a "Google-search-box" search here..........early generation non-radial Shinko's were prone to "chunking". Granted, probably most of them did not, but do you want to gamble that on a long ride??

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I used 705's on my KLR, they are cheap, I only got about 3500 miles out of the rear on that light bike, I ride 98% pavement, I stopped using them after I had head shake twice.
I say trash it.

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I would not put another non-radial 705 on my bike. I have used the 705 radial without issues.

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I think I'm with you guys on this one and will probably just order a new set. It'd be one thing if I was on a really tight budget, and wanted to mount/balance them myself, but neither of those is really the case.

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I'd be a little worried with a 6yr old tire when it's 1/2 my road contact.
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