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I know there are threads about Shinko 705 all over the site, but I just wanted to let you all know of my mileage with this tire on the front of my 06 1000.

I got 26,257 miles from the last one, which I think is just amazing. I replace a Bridgestone trail wing, the tire previous to the Shinko, at just 9,717. I liked the tire for the riding I do. they are smooth on the pavement and good on what little dirt I ride and with that kind of mileage I will keep using them. I have replaced several rear 705 in that time, getting about 7000-8000 from them.
 

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You mileage about lines up with mine for 705s. I replaced a front at 12 or 13k miles and it probably still had half it's life left but was getting pretty cupped due to my bad head bearings.
 

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They really are fabulous tires......period.
 

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I replaced my rear shinko 705 with the "Full Bore M40" a couple of months ago. Looks identical to the 705 (tread grooves may be a bit wider) and costs about the same. I wanted to see if it lasted any longer. I agree, for the money and performance, the 705's are hard to beat.
 

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when I first put them on some guy who has a 650 and works near me said I would get just a couple thousand miles from them, I haven't seen him in a long time but I want to look him up and tell him the mileage I did get..

I started to use their Verge series on my ZZR1200, not quite as sticky as the Dunlop Road smart but more mileage and cheaper to boot.
 

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WOW!?? I had shinko 705s on my Wee. I would have to say they are the worst handling tyres I have ever had on a motorcycle. I found the front felt terrible and could never get any feel from the front. The rear was very average. I used these tyres on both road and dirt, very scary when pushing hard on the road! Even others that rode my bike commented on how bad it felt. I removed the shinkos after only 3500kms as they where no fun to ride on and already half worn.
I am now using Sava/Mitas MC60s and am so happy to have my bike back again after using the Shitto 705s. The knobby MC60s are far superior on and off road. Even when my dad rode my bike last week on road he commented on good it felt after ditching the shinkos.
 

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On my previous bike, dr650, the Shinko 705 was my tire of choice due to price and long lasting wear characteristics. I will consider a set for the Vee2 when looking for replacements.

Currently at 3500 miles, and the factory rear is starting to get flattened out a bit.

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WOW!?? I had shinko 705s on my Wee.I used these tyres on both road and dirt, very scary when pushing hard on the road!
Agreed ! Not only do they sing like crazy, when riding hard I got head shake twice on smooth clean sweepers, so, off they came.
Bridgestones on now, T-30's. Great on pavement and good enough for the gravel I ride.
 

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WOW!?? I had shinko 705s on my Wee. I would have to say they are the worst handling tyres I have ever had on a motorcycle.
Agreed ! Not only do they sing like crazy, when riding hard I got head shake twice on smooth clean sweepers, so, off they came.
Not trying to insinuate you guys are wrong or didn't have a bad experience, but there are thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands--of DS riders who are strong proponents of the 705. Note that I'm referring to the newer radial construction, not the older bias-ply tire. I will admit that the 705 has an odd feel to it when riding on-center and tends to feel like it falls into a turn more readily than some other brands, but once you adapt your riding style to the design profile, it has great hold during aggressive dry riding and does pretty well in wet situations, too. I've ridden and worn thru several sets on my Wee and toured the mountains of TN/NC/GA and southern KY and never had an issue. I was able to easily scrape the pegs in corners and never felt insecure.

As for mileage, I could only get 6-7K miles out of the rear and although the front still had tread at 10K, it was getting badly feathered and needed to go. I just finished off a set of Anakee 3s and didn't get any more mileage or performance from them than from the Shinkos. I'm gonna try a set of Tourance (recommended by a riding buddy) this year and see how well they hold up.
 

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Tires are a somewhat personal experience. Some people love a particular tire, others hate it. The only way to really know is to try them. To those who report good experiences, ok, to those who report bad experiences, ok.
Any point in saying that a person should never try the tire is not necessary as for everyone who can give reasons for it not to be bought, another can give ample reasons for buying it.
I like the tires personally, if a person wants to try them, ok, if they don't, that is ok too.:beatnik:
 

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Interesting......I can just rail on the twisty roads with mine, just takes a bit more work is all, plenty of good feedback. Tell ya what.......if you can find a better do it all tire for the money, lets see it. ;)
 

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Hi, Sorry to hijack this thread, but the title is aptly named for my question.

I'm about to pull the trigger on a set of the tires (now that warm weather is in the forecast). But where I'm gonna get them them from has two listed: "150/70-17 TL" and "150/70R17". According to the Shinko site, the only make one in this size. Any idea what the difference would be? The "R17" is $25 more. The front is the same: they have two listed.

Thx.
 

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The R is for Radial. That said I thought the non-radial(Bias) wasn't made any more.
 

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Just put a new 705 on the rear yesterday. As I was reading through this thread I concur with the person who talked about the from falling into turns, when I first put the 705 on the front is was like, wow, what's going on. The bike seemed to just fall into the turn. This was compared to the original tire that was on the bike, but now I am used to it and it seems normal. I fine that they are not to noisy on the highway, and corner well. For me, they Re a great tire for the riding I do.
 

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As I was reading through this thread I concur with the person who talked about the from falling into turns, when I first put the 705 on the front is was like, wow, what's going on. The bike seemed to just fall into the turn. This was compared to the original tire that was on the bike, but now I am used to it and it seems normal.

I found I got used to the bad handling of the 705's too, but man did the bike feel good with some good tyres.
I must have become so used to ill handling tyres I was considering buying a new bike, now I have the correct tyres on I am again very happy with my 650. I wonder how many people have swapped bikes when it is just a matter of fitting the right tyres?
 

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I recently put a new rear 705 on the bike and I'm questioning the suspension cus I found myself dragging the pegs again.
That K60 never felt like that.
Odd how lots of us are happy with the way the 705 feels and few had issues. Maybe some other factors on the bike made them feel unsettled?
 

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I went out for the first ride of the year with new 705s. The only think I noticed what a tiny little bit of vibration in the grips depending on the speed... And, under braking it was a little more pronounced. Obviously these treads have a much larger gap between the blocks than stock, so it's be be expected.

Over all they seemed fine to me. I had a 4 1/2 month gap between riding with the old rubber and the first ride with the new rubber, so it's hard for me to identify a handling difference. Plus, the first ride of the year was a cautious one: there is tons of fine-grit, traction robbing crap on the roads here, and I need to get back into riding again. Having a bike in a region sucks; although it makes getting back on it in the Spring: AWESOME! ;)
 

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Just ordered a set of 705's and they should arrive Thursday. I'm looking forward to something a little more aggressive than the stocks. I commute daily on slab but really want to get more into the desert out here in Phoenix. Hoping these will give me a bit more confidence in the desert terrain. Will definitely report back with how I like them. Does anyone have any hints as to how to break them in or do I just need to ride and ride and ride?
 
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