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Hello all,
I purchased a pair of Shinko tires a couple of weeks ago.
The front tire is great...however, the rear...not so great.
I just pulled off my 2nd. bad tire in a week.
Both tires developed a high spot, about a foot long. Is it just a fluke that
I could have got 2 bad tires, or are they just not strong enough?.
For the day or so that they stayed round...it was a very nice ride.
The are V rated, which I assumed was a good thing, however, talking to an
independent bike mechanic today, he says I will likely be better off with
the H rating as they likely will have stiffer sidewalls.
Not sure about if there is truth to that or not.
Maybe, if someone has the time...they could enlighten me.
Tomorrow, when I go to the bike shop...I'm seriously considering paying
the difference and getting an E3.
In any event...I think my next set of tires will be E3's.
Wish me luck tomorrow.
 

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since goldwings are heavy bikes naked, then add luggage, riders and gear i would be more interested in a tires weight rating more than the speed rating.
 

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I was not satisfied with the mileage I got for the Shinko rear tire it rode great at first and I ran it until the wires or ropes started showing and the treads were long gone. I won't be running them again. I think the 404's are better but I'm probably going to try the Michelin Commander II or Bridgestone S11 Spitfire. e3's are a possibility also.

Shinko not so good for me 2up and loaded down.
 

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Hello all,
I purchased a pair of Shinko tires a couple of weeks ago.
The front tire is great...however, the rear...not so great.
I just pulled off my 2nd. bad tire in a week.
Both tires developed a high spot, about a foot long. Is it just a fluke that
I could have got 2 bad tires, or are they just not strong enough?.
For the day or so that they stayed round...it was a very nice ride.
The are V rated, which I assumed was a good thing, however, talking to an
independent bike mechanic today, he says I will likely be better off with
the H rating as they likely will have stiffer sidewalls.
Not sure about if there is truth to that or not.
Maybe, if someone has the time...they could enlighten me.
Tomorrow, when I go to the bike shop...I'm seriously considering paying
the difference and getting an E3.
In any event...I think my next set of tires will be E3's.
Wish me luck tomorrow.
I haven't heard anything bad about the shinko's.
But if ever there was a reason for buying and mounting your tires at a motorcycle shop, this would be it.
Imagine trying to correct this problem mail order?:shock:
 

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first i've heard of any defective shinko's,do know that they will not get the mileage that E3's and other may get,which is why if someone has to have their tires mounted by someone else may be more cost effective to run E3's,have heard good things about the new Michelin Commander II's from several harley riders,i will try them when i wear my E3's out late in the year
 

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since goldwings are heavy bikes naked, then add luggage, riders and gear i would be more interested in a tires weight rating more than the speed rating.
Which is why the shinko rated so high. The load rating was even greater than the E-III's. Besides, my wing wouldn't do 140mph if you dropped it out of an airplane.
Then the 404 isn't rated well for weight and really belongs on an un-bagged cruiser.
 

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I was not satisfied with the mileage I got for the Shinko rear tire it rode great at first and I ran it until the wires or ropes started showing and the treads were long gone. I won't be running them again. I think the 404's are better but I'm probably going to try the Michelin Commander II or Bridgestone S11 Spitfire. e3's are a possibility also.

Shinko not so good for me 2up and loaded down.

Beware the Spitfires, I only got less than 5k from a fresh one before bad spits started showing and NO user error! That was on an 1100. Many others have had problems since with them and other Bridgestines on various bikes!
 

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I haven't heard anything bad about the shinko's.
But if ever there was a reason for buying and mounting your tires at a motorcycle shop, this would be it.
Imagine trying to correct this problem mail order?:shock:
Not so hard with a decent dealer maybe!
I got a bad Michelin mail order, me and a local shop decided bad belts, it wobbled side to side and bounced up and down when spun. Shipping back was free by dealer and new tire mailed soon as they were confirmed the bad was picked up.
Free replacement! No extra cost to me at all, just down time for shipping etc..
Of course I mount my own tires so no shop fees.

$100 for mail order on that tire or local Honda would have sold it to me for $190 and tax! Yes I did check and tire in my hand walk out of store was $190 and tax, no mounting or anything, just $90 more for them to order it for me and a longer wait time to get it! Through Honda dealer 5-7 days they said, I got it in 3 days online!
 

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Which is why the shinko rated so high. The load rating was even greater than the E-III's. Besides, my wing wouldn't do 140mph if you dropped it out of an airplane.
Then the 404 isn't rated well for weight and really belongs on an un-bagged cruiser.
Now I agree with you on that one!
I ride USA also and never been over 110mph LOL
One grudge race and hit 110mph and will never do it again on any tire LOL
85-90mph is tops for me on any tire and more than legal anyway in most places!
I never ran a Shinko but I would prefer a weight rating over speed anyway.
 

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I wouldn't hang dunlop 404's on a barge.

Its the first I've heard of shinko's going bad in pairs.
I run Perelli's and frankly......very very disappointed....not 5000 miles and tons of tread left, they look GREAT, but the rear is wearing in a bizzare pattern. sort of like scalloping, but wavy. Like what I see on ricebikes that young men beat the crap out of in parking lots. Tread 1/4" higher than the tread next to it. (i'm OCD about pressures, use a laser heat detector (measure cold to hot, hot to cold, record percentages to find the perfect pressure for that season), keep records..tires are an obsession)
the look GREAT, but I believe contribute to the dreaded front end wobble. (as everything else appears to be ok)
I may well run shinko's this summer
 

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I ran Shinko 230's on my 1200 LTD and loved it. Only got 8000 miles out of it, but for $85 I wasn't expecting much, However it gave a great ride.

Went to 491's and they lasted 3 or 4 thousand miles...... they sucked!

Im running a Michelin Commander II on there now and like it a lot. Gives that Cadillac ride like the Shinko did but seems to be wearing very well. After a couple thousand miles, no signs of wear yet.
 

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A bud of mine couldn't stand the road noise from his older Elite 3s and just had new Bridgestones mounted on his Valk (much quieter now). The shop guy commented they're selling the heck outta the Commander II. It seems to be very popular.

2 bad tires in a row...THAT's very unusual.
 

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I ran Shinko 230's on my 1200 LTD and loved it. Only got 8000 miles out of it, but for $85 I wasn't expecting much, However it gave a great ride.

Went to 491's and they lasted 3 or 4 thousand miles...... they sucked!

Im running a Michelin Commander II on there now and like it a lot. Gives that Cadillac ride like the Shinko did but seems to be wearing very well. After a couple thousand miles, no signs of wear yet.
So far I like my 230's
 

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I tried the Shinko 230 on the rear on my 1200 and only got about 4500 miles. It rode good and handled well but I was not happy with the mileage. I now run a Duro HF-296C which I purchased from Dennis Kirk and have been very happy with this tire. I still have the Shinko 230 on the front however.
 

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I have Shinko on one of my bikes, been on there a year and so far I have nothing but good things to say abut them. They stick to the road no matter what the surface. I would buy them again.
 

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Thank you all for replying to my tire issue.
The tires are Tourmaster 230's
It seems this 2nd. tire is okay after all.
It may boil down to my own ignorance is getting the V-rated
insted of the H-rated.
Also, watched the shop tech re-balance the tire...seemed very good.
They informed me the tire will get smoother with some miles on it.
While at the shop they were mounting some Commander II tires.
There's some very serious thread on those babies...will defnitely be
mounting those up next winter.
Thank you again.
 
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