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post #1 of 22 Old 05-30-2018, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Shinko 712 as Interim Tire?

I would like to get some opinions....

I have about 3200 miles on my '17 Gen 3 Wee, and a picked up a small-ish screw in my rear tire. It was pretty near the center of the tread, so I plugged it with a typical rope plug, and it seems to be holding just fine. However, I'm just not comfortable riding indefinitely on a plugged tire (more power to those of you who have no problem trusting a plugged tire...to each his own). So...

I'm planning to get a new tire to replace the plugged Bridgestone Battleax rear tire. Right now I'm leaning towards an inexpensive Shinko 712. I'm not too concerned about longevity, because I figure I'll replace the front and rear as a set when the front is used up. And I don't need a 50/50 or even a 90/10 tire because I don't have any immediate plans to do any off road riding

But I have some questions:

1. I believe the Shinko 712 is only available as a bias ply tire. Is it OK to run a bias ply rear and a radial front?

2. The Shinko is half the price of a Battleax or a Michelin PR4. But is there any reason I should stay away from it in this scenario?

Looking for some guidance. Thank in advance.

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I would like to get some opinions....

I have about 3200 miles on my '17 Gen 3 Wee, and a picked up a small-ish screw in my rear tire. It was pretty near the center of the tread, so I plugged it with a typical rope plug, and it seems to be holding just fine. However, I'm just not comfortable riding indefinitely on a plugged tire (more power to those of you who have no problem trusting a plugged tire...to each his own). So...

I'm planning to get a new tire to replace the plugged Bridgestone Battleax rear tire. Right now I'm leaning towards an inexpensive Shinko 712. I'm not too concerned about longevity, because I figure I'll replace the front and rear as a set when the front is used up. And I don't need a 50/50 or even a 90/10 tire because I don't have any immediate plans to do any off road riding

But I have some questions:

1. I believe the Shinko 712 is only available as a bias ply tire. Is it OK to run a bias ply rear and a radial front?

2. The Shinko is half the price of a Battleax or a Michelin PR4. But is there any reason I should stay away from it in this scenario?

Looking for some guidance. Thank in advance.
I had the same thing with a nearly new rear tire. That was over 2500 miles ago. My rope plug is holding fine, never loses pressure,.... It was actually meant to be temporary until I could get a patch for the inside, but the darn thing just works great.. My riding is pretty much local, so I carry the patch kit, and inflator just in case. Gonna' need a tire soon, so my gamble worked out very well. I certainly don't advise others to do the same, and if I rode farther distances, no way I could justify it. BTW, I LOVE Shinko tires! Have used 'em for years on every bike I've owned. My Wee will have one soon. BTW, the one I plugged is a Metzler Tourance...... For such an expensive tire, $200 +?? seriously?? I HAD to get more miles on it.
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I wouldn't hesitate to mix a bias ply with a radial, but that's just me. I am a big Shinko fan, and the 712 is a damn good tire for the money.
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I wouldn't hesitate to mix a bias ply with a radial, but that's just me. I am a big Shinko fan, and the 712 is a damn good tire for the money.
and motosport has 'em on sale right now for $58.xx ONLY 1 left....get it QUICK!!

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Thatís a helluva good price. I have yet to find a shop in my area that will mount a tire purchased elsewhere, but I guess I need to keep looking.

Thanks for the advice.

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and motosport has 'em on sale right now for $58.xx ONLY 1 left....get it QUICK!!
I just ordered it!
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I just ordered it!
Ha, great! I considered it, but didn't wanna take the last one....that's why I said better get it QUICK! lol
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Ha, great! I considered it, but didn't wanna take the last one....that's why I said better get it QUICK! lol
I appreciate you not snatching it up
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Thatís a helluva good price. I have yet to find a shop in my area that will mount a tire purchased elsewhere, but I guess I need to keep looking.

Thanks for the advice.
I've always changed my own. Maybe you have a buddy that would help you out. I've been riding for 45+ years, and have only paid to have ONE tire changed, a rear VFR. Being a single sided swingarm, I couldn't static balance, so I paid them to change AND balance, and they put the stupid balancing BB's in! Hell, I coulda' done that. I always use weights!! No offense to those that like the BB's, but I wasn't impressed at all with the results!
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