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post #1 of 41 Old 10-10-2010, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Shinko 244s

Thought i would save a couple bucks and picked up front and rear shinkos... One day ride, about 300 miles and all the center knobs are GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Made in Korea!!!!!

Maybe i missed the thread where someone else had the same experience. Just FYI, spend the extra couple bucks and get a good tire.

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Of course it was the rear tire only!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Yikes! 300 miles and it's toast? Did the knobs chunk off or just wear down?
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Thought i would save a couple bucks and picked up front and rear shinkos... One day ride, about 300 miles and all the center knobs are GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Made in Korea!!!!!

Maybe i missed the thread where someone else had the same experience. Just FYI, spend the extra couple bucks and get a good tire.

There's nothing inherently wrong with Shinkos, I've used the 244s and got decent milage out of them.

What pressure were you running? Tire hitting on anything? Maybe you got a bad tire could happen I guess. Complain to the seller if they're decent they will replace it.

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All the center ones chunked off... I was missin two knobs after ridin fire roads in the beginning of the trip and was aired down for the dirt. Aired back up for highway and started missing more as i rode on. almost all weere gone by 250miles. I bought the tires from Chapper-Hell so im more than confident they will NOT honor any kind of warranty or customer service concern. This is just FYI for those who dont know, and preachin to the choir for those who know Chapperall. JD was runnin Shinko road tires and did well. The tire was not rubbin as far as i could tell...

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I read that on the 244's if you are doing hwy riding in hot weather the rear will start to tear off the center knobs. I found this out after I purchased a set so I was watching the rear as I do ride freeway. I noticed them starting to crack real bad on the corner of the knobs so I swapped mine out before they lost any.

There are a lot of riders out there that are having great success with the 244's but not sure if they are riding the freeway miles that I do.

I replaced them with Anakee's which I am happy with on everything except the slighest bit of mud than they get scarey.
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I'm running a set right now. Have not had a problem with them.....but than again i'm not running pined wide open.

Think I will be keeping a eye on them though just in case.

Think it more rider than tire.

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Sorry about the hand you drew this time. The outcome depends on how you and the manufacturer handle it. Shinko has a warranty second to none, as far as I know. The following is an email communication from the distributor of Shinko motorcycle tires in North America:

04-14-2009, 08:50 PM

Hi Patrick,
If a tire fails that is not worn out and it appears to be an actual failure of the tire due to workmanship, we will warranty the tire thru the dealer it was originally purchased from. There is no pro-rated warranty like many automotive tires, a replacement is offered at no charge.
This applies to all Shinko motorcycle and scooter tires we sell in the U.S..

Thanks,


Scott Casper
Street Product Manager / Shinko Tire Tech
Western Power Sports
601 E. Gowen Rd.
Boise, ID 83716
Phone: 208-376-8400 ext. 3404 Fax: 208-375-8901

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Short of following you around with a support team, what more could they do for a customer? I wish Avon would send me a statement like that.

Most would agree that the Metzeler Tourance Dual Sport Tires are a pretty respectable tire for most dual sport riding. The down side of the tire is the price. Right around $170.00 a pop for a rear. And it has a warranty. If the tire was really that good, why would it need a warranty? At that price, I expect it to get me there, AND get me a glass of ice tea. Maybe because even the manufacturer of the finest tires can slide out a lemon once in a while. While they may not be able to guarantee that "shit won't happen", they can be gentlemen and step up to the plate and make things right if it does happen. My experience is that Shinko will do that. I've had no bad experiences with Chaparral. I would contact them and ask how to proceed with a warranty claim. If they balk, call the number in the letter above and ask for help. Shinko is very committed to building a good reputation, and I do know they will bypass the dealer to make things right.

Keep us posted, as this is one of the more popular tires and has been proven to be a bargain, considering the mileage most riders get from them, and their versatility as a dual sport tire.

And if you think something like this is isolated to Shinko, I have news for you



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Sorry about the hand you drew this time. The outcome depends on how you and the manufacturer handle it. Shinko has a warranty second to none, as far as I know. The following is an email communication from the distributor of Shinko motorcycle tires in North America:

04-14-2009, 08:50 PM

Hi Patrick,
If a tire fails that is not worn out and it appears to be an actual failure of the tire due to workmanship, we will warranty the tire thru the dealer it was originally purchased from. There is no pro-rated warranty like many automotive tires, a replacement is offered at no charge.
This applies to all Shinko motorcycle and scooter tires we sell in the U.S..

Thanks,


Scott Casper
Street Product Manager / Shinko Tire Tech
Western Power Sports
601 E. Gowen Rd.
Boise, ID 83716
Phone: 208-376-8400 ext. 3404 Fax: 208-375-8901

*******

Short of following you around with a support team, what more could they do for a customer? I wish Avon would send me a statement like that.

Most would agree that the Metzeler Tourance Dual Sport Tires are a pretty respectable tire for most dual sport riding. The down side of the tire is the price. Right around $170.00 a pop for a rear. And it has a warranty. If the tire was really that good, why would it need a warranty? At that price, I expect it to get me there, AND get me a glass of ice tea. Maybe because even the manufacturer of the finest tires can slide out a lemon once in a while. While they may not be able to guarantee that "shit won't happen", they can be gentlemen and step up to the plate and make things right if it does happen. My experience is that Shinko will do that. I've had no bad experiences with Chaparral. I would contact them and ask how to proceed with a warranty claim. If they balk, call the number in the letter above and ask for help. Shinko is very committed to building a good reputation, and I do know they will bypass the dealer to make things right.

Keep us posted, as this is one of the more popular tires and has been proven to be a bargain, considering the mileage most riders get from them, and their versatility as a dual sport tire.

And if you think something like this is isolated to Shinko, I have news for you



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Great info, thanks for posting. If something happens it good to have a possible fix to the problem.

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Thanks for your help and all the useful information. Once again you have made my membership to this forum absolutely invaluable.

I am a pretty aggressive rider, on and offroad. Now that its been over 24 hours and im calm, i cant think of anything that would have been "rider-error." Im gonna start at Chapperall tomorrow and see what they say, evn though i already know. Just so you guys know, ive been an UNHAPPY chapperall customer for almost 20 years. I only go there if i need to.

Thanks Vatrader for Shinkos number and reassuring customer service statement. Once again, this forum is GOLD!

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