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post #1 of 42 Old 03-08-2016, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Help Pick Out Some New Tires

First, I loved the stock Battlewings. They performed great on road and lasted 13,000 miles. If it were not for the fact that I want to do a little off pavement riding at the gatherings I would probably go with the Battlewings again.

I don't want to give up any of the performance through the twisty mountain roads, but need a little more dirt road capability. And wet wood bridge, I have slipped off of them before. No fun and I don't want to break a leg.

I have used Metzler Tourances in the past and liked them, but I am open to other options.

So what is the consensus for best 80/20 or universal tires out there for the Vee2?

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You owe it to yourself to give the Shinko 705 a shot, they handle much better "on road" then they should. A road type tire that I was surprised how well it did in gravel and hard pack, was the Dunlop TR91....loved that tire.
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How long do the Shinko 705's last?
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How long do the Shinko 705's last?
I believe the rear was like 6 or 7K on my ole 1000, the 650's tend to get a bit better mileage as you know. Considering how cheap these tires are to buy, that kind of mileage for me is plenty good.....plenty. Many troopers run these tires for multiple reasons, and they are most certainly much better than their price reflects.

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We used the Tourances on our Alaskan trip last summer. They worked fine and we did 9,000 miles on them, both the 13-650 and 14-1000. The 1000's were worn out at the end , 650 had maybe another 1,000-1,500 left in them. We did notice when mounting them the rears are made in a different place than before and they were much harder to mount than the older Tourances. Very hard to get to bead properly.

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How long do the Shinko 705's last?
3500-4000 miles on my DL 1000 for the rear. Front is good for at least two rears. As BigB says, much better in the twisties than anyone would think. Peg dragging good. Great in rain.

I have a set of the new TKC 70's on my DL 650 right now. Have not had them in the mountains yet, but no chicken strips and they feel VERY light in the turns. Probably slightly more aggressive ( off road style ) tread gap/pattern/depth than the Shinko. Front tire is going to give you some feed back that some might be calling wobble. I don't pay attention to that. I would prefer these over the Shinko for off road and back roads so far.

Except for the price difference which if you don't mind spooning on a rear fairly often is hard to beat with the Shinko.

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I 2nd the TKC70's! I never did get to use my set up before I sold the bike, but thought they worked great on the road, and great in the dirt.
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Any thoughts on the Heidenau K60? People seem to love them.
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I thought about the Heidenau scouts, but the center rib seems to reduce their off road performance after a little while.

I'm going to order the Shinkos. That will get me past the eastern gathering and then I will probably go back to the battle wing for the rest of the year.


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I'm going to order the Shinkos. That will get me past the eastern gathering and then I will probably go back to the battle wing for the rest of the year.
That is one of the best things about the Shinko 705. You can buy a set and if you don't like them, or just want to spoon on a new rear for a trip you can do it without feeling guilty throwing away a half used tire! A few years back I was getting a front and rear to my door for just over $100 a set shipped.
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