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post #1 of 15 Old 12-19-2018, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Wasted rear on NM trip

First (epic) camp n ride on my new to me 06 Wee. Explored all the mountain ranges of northern New Mexico and southern CO. Was an amazing ride especially for my British lady passenger who had never been west of Ohio. Apparently had picked up a finish nail somewhere around Los Alamos to Mora. Must’ve done 3-400mi. or better before I realized it... all squared off and chopped up. Feel stupid for not noticing it given all the weight in the Twisties. The slime in it didn’t stop the leak and, in fact seemed to inhibit the plug I put in from fully sealing. Fortunately had a little compressor. Overall a minor stress on a fantastic ride!
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Am considering replacing with Shinko 705. Front is still 80% (both currently Bridgestone trail wing). I’m thinking the 705 would be comparable to the BTW’s which came on the bike. Expectations weren’t too high for the bridgestones, but I was pleasantly surprised at how capable the bike was off road with these tires. Aside from longevity I’ve been very pleased with Shinko tires on my dual sport and street bikes.

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Those worms don't like to fight with other tire sealers to close a nail wound. Just a coating of the glue and insert. Any prior sealant application will act as a lube.
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I've ran 7 rear Shinko 705's along with Trailwings, Battlewings,Metzeler Tourance and a couple others. 122,000 miles on my 05 650 and 16K on my 1000. The Shinkos will average 10-20% less milage, but usually $ per 1000 miles is less(If you mount your own). Paying a shop to mount would affect that.

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I burned up some used trail wings on my way out to NM, then promptly mounted up some proper NM and Colorado tires “Shinko big blocks”, which I had waiting for me. No the TW’s “are not” good off pavement, but yes the big blocks most certainly are.

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Ok I’m glad you mentioned the big blocks. I had written them off since 80% or better of my riding the wee is on pavement, especially 2up. However on this trip I still hit a lot of those “ooo what’s up there!” trails. Plus exploring for the best camping took us into plenty sand and baby head riddled trails where I could have used that xtra tread. In fact I mashed my skid plate up pretty good on a couple. I try to get out west twice a year or so, might as well get em.

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Ok I’m glad you mentioned the big blocks. I had written them off since 80% or better of my riding the wee is on pavement, especially 2up. However on this trip I still hit a lot of those “ooo what’s up there!” trails. Plus exploring for the best camping took us into plenty sand and baby head riddled trails where I could have used that xtra tread. In fact I mashed my skid plate up pretty good on a couple. I try to get out west twice a year or so, might as well get em.
They are pretty damn good on pavement as well, after all the off road and serious curves we hit, I still had plenty of mileage left when I got back to Ohio. If 80% of your riding in on pavement, then I wouldn't get these tires IMHO. Oh of course you can go off road with any tire, but the difference is staggering with the right tire.

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They are pretty damn good on pavement as well, after all the off road and serious curves we hit, I still had plenty of mileage left when I got back to Ohio. If 80% of your riding in on pavement, then I wouldn't get these tires IMHO. Oh of course you can go off road with any tire, but the difference is staggering with the right tire.
Long as the 804-5’s are still good road tires. Pretty sure I’d be content with 705’s or like. Thing is, when I get off-road I enjoy way off. Guess I’m thinking in terms of the reason I opted for 4x4 pickup in sw Ohio... for the 5 times a year I can’t get up the gravel drive to my property when snow/ice or periodic rescue of a dirt bike/quad in the woods. Worth it during those instances.
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Oh I hear ya, and we went way off road in NM.......we're talking like 60 miles or more from any major road or town. The experience was very humbling and stressful, as the high dessert trails we were on had completely flooded in places, and we had no choice as to go through it. The big blocks were a good choice, anything less and we'd been more screwed than we already were.

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The Shink 705's are a good choice when most of your riding is on pavement plus some dirt and gravel. They aren't a high mileage tire for me (5000 miles on a rear is probably average), but their cost makes them a really good option. I actually preferred them to my Mitas E07's in gravel. They don't do well in mud, but you'd be hard pressed to find a "mostly street" ADV tire that did.

Best tire I've had so far has been the Mitas E07 for general all around use, but sadly, they're gone or almost gone at this point. Reports of the E07+ seem to lean towards a substantial decrease in longevity. I may try a Motoz Tractionator GPS next time, if I can find one.

Or go back to the Shinkos. It's awesome when you can replace a set of tires for like $180.00.

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