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post #1 of 9 Old 07-30-2009, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone tried the Shinko 705 tire.

I'm getting ready to order my first set of replacement tires, and I noticed Shinko has a model 705 tire that fits the KLR. I ran into a FJR1300 rider that was impressed with the Shinko's he had. Has anyone out there slapped Shinko's on their KLR, and if so, what do you think of the tire.

Kenda's and Avon's are also possibilities after reading all the reviews on this site.
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-14-2009, 10:34 PM
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Ok, this is way late, but I put one on the front of my 08.. I've had it on for a few weeks now, and have ridden through one really heavy rainstorm, and so far, I love it. Grip has never been a problem, and the price was pretty attractive, just around 50 bucks. I'm probably going to put one on the back when the Mefo is done. It's a much more street oriented tire than the stock Dunlop. I haven't been off the pavement with it yet, so I can't tell you what it will be like there.
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-14-2009, 11:10 PM
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Tread choices

I have never owned them but took a quick trip to the web and looked at them. I ran a pair of Michelin T66 that had a similar tread design and they were great hardtop tires. I ran them for 7000 miles and they are still usable and stored in the garage.

I took them off and mounted a pair of Mefo Explorers' and find them to be a better tread choice for me. I take a trail now and then and the street tread on my T66 was useless. Once you leave the hardtop don't count on a tire with that type of tread to preform well. The Mefos' are not cheap but they ride well on the roads and hold well on the dirt and gravel roads and trails also. So far I have 2K on the Mefos' and they still look new. I would run an even more aggressive tread but wear becomes an issue with the dirt oriented tires. I like the looks of a KLR with aggressive treads mounted.

Here's a look at the tread on a Mefo Explorer rear;

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post #4 of 9 Old 09-15-2009, 02:30 AM
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I have heard (second hand) good things about the 705's.

I am interested in the Michelin T63's. Right priced, agressive and roadworthy.


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post #5 of 9 Old 09-15-2009, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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I tried to order some Shinko's but discovered they were backordered at the time. In the meantime I decided to try the Kenda 761's after hearing good things about them. A set for under $100.00 was hard to beat and I'm happy with them so far.
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-15-2009, 11:06 AM
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I got mine through Motorcycle Superstore. They seemed to have several in stock.
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-15-2009, 08:10 PM
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I just put on the T63 this is only a 300 mile reveiw first thing ritual afer puting on a new shue go to the gravel road and scratch the new shiny off well that was very impesive in the loose rock lifting the front wheel soft dirt the same great hook up as for the highway a low hum my pipe drounds it out for the most part our roads are rough hear in a lot of places the tire seams to feal all the cracks and ridges in the road may be somthing to get used to but not unbearable as far as wear looks like it is starting ok but we shall se how it dose have not ben on wet pavment yet but got to keep in mind it is a nobby.

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post #8 of 9 Old 11-02-2009, 10:23 AM
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I know this post is too late to help you decide, but I really like my Shinko tires. They went on easy, look good, and I like the way they handle both on road and off. For the money they are hard to beat. For the record I had been running Maxxi tires. Always had trouble getting the tires on and off at tire changing time but liked the aggresive look of the tire. La Mula Verde, Katy Tx.
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-02-2009, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Shinko tires

La Mula Verde,

Thanks for the reply. I dived into a pair of Kenda's 761's after not hearing any feedback initially on the Shinko's. I've since hear nothing but good things about the Shinko's, so I'll give them a try next time.
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