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post #1 of 7 Old 01-06-2018, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Another newb tire question about Shinkos

I got a plugged rear tire right now and obviously i need to replace it. I am on a budget and I want to keep the 200 back tire and not go to a 190.
that being said which is just personal preference I am looking at the Shinko 011 Verge or the 009 Shinko Ravens to replace my Metzler M5 rubber on the bike now. the current metzelers are 5 years old judging by the 2013 date code so i need an affordable rear AND front tire option. Shinko is the best i have seen in terms of reviews and costs from Revzilla.com. 225 bucks for front AND rear tires as a package isnt bad for Shinko 009 Ravens with a 200-50 rear tire

my question is..does anyone have expierence with Shinko tires? if so whats the difference in compounds (009,005,010,) or are they total crap.
I honestly do not care too much about tire life since i dont yet ride long distances. I Am worried about buying the completely wrong tire even though its the correct size (200-50ZR17) and load (75W)

one more thing, is it mandatory to replace my perfectly good although old (2013) Metzler M5 front tire with one that matches my rear tire? as in should i replace my tires in pairs to keep the bike safe? i assume yes
Anyways for the money what tires front and back stock size for a generally gently ridden B1 with MAYBE some straightline racing would you guys reccomend?

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Considering that the only thing keeping you in contact with the road are your tyres, I would suggest not going down the budget route.

Also as you're more of a twisty rider (judging by your other thread) I'd take the opportunity to try another profile rather than the 200/50.

Either go 190/55 or 200/55 they'll make a whole world of difference to turn in and thus make it feel far lighter than it is.

And defo change both.

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I understand money being an issue but tires arenít the place to save. I had Shinkos on my bike when I bought it I rode it maybe a wk before taking them off I hated them. Iím a back road rider an I got no feel or feedback I had no clue how close to the edge with them. I donít know what model they were but they were in 200/50. I like the 200/55 makes a very noticeable difference in handling. Iíve not bought anything but Pirelli in years, not the cheapest but imo are the best for scraping pegs.

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post #4 of 7 Old 01-09-2018, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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You guys have a point. I don't know much about what tires to run on this monster. I have not much experience buying sportbike tires so I went by the reviews which were all pretty positive via Revzilla regarding Shinko tires. Apparently Shinko bought Yokohama? Just what I read. I was looking at Dunlop Q3 Sportmaxs rear and front also. I guess Shinkos are terrible? I'm in oregon where motorcycles especially a sportbike are like a super hot brunette who isn't crazy....you just don't see them.
Any other suggestions for a good tire? Do I run a sport touring tire? I don't even know how to tell the difference which sucks simply because I have been riding alone since i had my first bike which was a gixxer 600.
I guess what I'm asking is for the money($200 or less)what are my options?
I have heard it helps the handling big time running a 200 55 rear or a 190 50 instead..but for now I need advice on WHAT tire not so much size
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The problem is everyone has their favorite tires they use an pretty much stick with them. Thereís some people here whoíve in the past said good things about Shinko but if I remember correctly was the drag racing crowd not the twisties crowd. Iíve only had experience with the ones that were on my 12 when I bought it an I didnít like the lack of feedback, made me very uneasy when dragging knees. Probably not an issue if your a straight line kinda rider. If itís what you can afford Iíd say give em a try an see what you think. A 12R chews up tires quick enough if you donít like them youíll need new ones soon enough anyway lol
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my personal opinion is that shinko makes a great drag tire, and an "ok" street tire(dont push the limits). Michelin makes an excellent everything, just pick the category that suits if budget allows.

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I'm on my second set of Shinko's. I do not push my outer limits of the thread, as I do not do that on road, and I don't go to the track. I am very happy with them, they last...

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