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
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..
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
Dunlop 606, under 20 miles. Three new cuss words added to the vocabulary.