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post #1 of 9 Old 02-17-2016, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Bit the Boolit on some Shinko 705's and other stuff lol.

Well I am pretty darn new to the KLR thing with my 96 KLR 650 and of course due to the age it needs a few things. And again of course so do I lol. As in knowledge and thus I think I am going blind reading forums.

But at any rate when I purchased the bike a couple of weeks ago it had some pretty worn Dunlop K750's of which I believe are the same tire they come with and to be honest I did not like them at all.

So after tons of reading on tires and due to the amount of stuff I need to accumulate for my old KLR I chose the Shinko 705's of which should be here in a week and then I will attempt to spoon them on myself of which I have not done for probably over 35 years lol.

So again after some reading and questions of the good people on this forum I also placed an order for 3 Tusk 10.5" tire spoons and the Tusk Tire Bead tool.

Any insight into the Shinko 705's would be appreciated. Well maybe not as it is a bit late now lol. But I plan to ride probably 95% on road.
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The 705's are a pretty decent tire and you'll get decent mileage out of them. I ran a set and would buy them again. The Kenda 761 is a comparable tire which, in my experience, give a little more life. I'd have to look up what kind of mileage I got out of the Shinko's later. For your use you made a good choice.

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I ran Shinko Ravens on my versys. Different tread but I was really pleased with the quality and performance. Word of warning though, it took about 200 miles to get them scrubbed in and get that mold release of the rubber. They were extremely slippery in the twisties till I got them scrubbed in, then they were great.
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I ran Shinko Ravens on my versys. Different tread but I was really pleased with the quality and performance. Word of warning though, it took about 200 miles to get them scrubbed in and get that mold release of the rubber. They were extremely slippery in the twisties till I got them scrubbed in, then they were great.


Thank You for the replies. But I have another ?. Many years ago when I got a brand new set of tires I would scratch the wear area of the tire in some before hand with some 80 Grit sand paper before I hit the pavement. Does doing something like this no longer help with how slippery a modern tire is on immediate use?
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I've never really had an issue riding on new tires. Just take it easy for the first couple hundred miles. don't be trying to scrape the pegs right away. I wouldn't go out on new tires in the rain but riding dry pavement no problem.

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yep 705 is on its way to my place also should be here Wednesday
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yep 705 is on its way to my place also should be here Wednesday
Since I did notice your post about looking for tire installation tools I would also recommend 2 or 3 6" C Clamps. Mainly for use with the Shinko 705 rear tire. The front went ok but the Shinko 705 130/80-17 flat ate my lunch to the point I took it to a tire shop to be put on. I was just simply worn out. But I will purchase a few more C Clamps the next time I need to replace the tire.

I only have a couple of hundred Mi's on the Shinko 705's thus far with O off road work. And I have to say for the street they are nice. But I will caution you that they are corner hungry. As in they really try and pull you into turns so you have to make a concerted effort to keep your line in corners. But again other than that I am happy enough with them thus far that I will probably replace them with the same set next time. Even though I have already been thinking of trying the Shinko 244's lol.
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I've never really had an issue riding on new tires. Just take it easy for the first couple hundred miles. don't be trying to scrape the pegs right away. I wouldn't go out on new tires in the rain but riding dry pavement no problem.
I never did either with over 20 years riding. However, after installing Shinko Ravens on my versys, I've found them extremely slippery the first 200 miles. And though it is a different tread than the 705, I've read that Shinko in general uses a lot of mold release on their tires. So I was just putting it out there to really take ur time scrubbing them in. A knobby tire with the same mold release as the 009's might be scary till their scrubbed.
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Since I did notice your post about looking for tire installation tools I would also recommend 2 or 3 6" C Clamps. Mainly for use with the Shinko 705 rear tire. The front went ok but the Shinko 705 130/80-17 flat ate my lunch to the point I took it to a tire shop to be put on. I was just simply worn out. But I will purchase a few more C Clamps the next time I need to replace the tire.

I only have a couple of hundred Mi's on the Shinko 705's thus far with O off road work. And I have to say for the street they are nice. But I will caution you that they are corner hungry. As in they really try and pull you into turns so you have to make a concerted effort to keep your line in corners. But again other than that I am happy enough with them thus far that I will probably replace them with the same set next time. Even though I have already been thinking of trying the Shinko 244's lol.
I only have a week or so to get it ready as i go back to work
and will ride this up there ,all road to work ,
but work is fairly heavy hours 80/80 if it's like last year until July ,
then im off until middle of aug ,when it starts all over again ,
but im going to buy a small enclosed trailer , Kind of like a garage on wheels for it , just give it it's own home out of the elements ,
I am thinking of buying a set of wheels and putting on some 805's
the trailer can fit the bike's and a place for my camping gear , and a old Trials bike at some point as it will run the hills around here better on single trails or cow paths mostly ,
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