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Shinko 244 Motorcycle Tire

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Shinko 244 Motorcycle Tire. DOT-approved, dual-purpose street and trail design tire. Tube type, 4-ply rating. Shinko designed all sizes for front or rear fitment.

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Shinko 244 Motorcycle Tire
 
4.5

(based on 109 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (41)
  • Good ride (37)
  • Easy to install (36)
  • Good cornering (27)
  • Durable (24)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Off-road (32)
    • Street riding (23)
    • Replacement (18)
    • Upgrade (5)
      • Motorsports:
      • Motorcycle enthusiast (37), Casual rider (27), Mechanic (17), Competitive cyclist (4)

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent budget priced Dual Sport Tire

    By Yurkia

    from [@]

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Install
    • Good Cornering
    • Good Ride
    • Long Lasting
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • KLR650

      Comments about Shinko 244 Motorcycle Tire:

      I am currently on my second set (front and rear). I got about 8000 miles on first set and just recently put the new set on. I will continue to buy these for my daily commute and the weekend offroad adventure.

      • Motorsports:
      • Dualsport Rider, Motorcycle Enthusiast

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Cheap tire, but you get what you pay for

      By Lucius

      from Hesston, KS

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Install
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Unstable

      Best Uses

      • Off-Road

      Comments about Shinko 244 Motorcycle Tire:

      KLR-650 Stats: 190 lb rider commute 50 miles 1 way, 100% pavement.

      Shinko 244: Rear- 5k miles but tread cracking/chunking as tire nearly worn; front- 11-13k miles but very uneven wear throughout life of tire.

      Shinko 705: Rear- 6k miles, no complaints; front- never tried.

      Distanzia: Rear- 14k, best tire tried on rear, save remounting time/effort and tube costs; front- have not tried on front.

      Gripster: rear- have not tried; front- 21k miles, awesome tire.

      Bottom line - if I got a great deal on the 244s I might put them on again but keep in mind that the front tire (90/90/21 or 3.0x21...can't remember exact sizing) is only rated for 75mph...that's a little scary since the interstate speed limit in KS is 75 mph....basically means I'm always the slowest vehicle on the interstate since I tried to keep it around 70 as to not drift over that max rating). Also, as I am very easy on tires, it was alarming that, nonetheless, the rear started cracking at the base of several lugs and even threw a couple off as I got near the end of the tread life. The front tire 244 hardly wore at all on the center (single) lugs whereas the double lugs wore out quickly. Since the tire is non-directional I remounted with reverse orientation at about 7000 miles but wear continued as before. In the end, there was a lot of tread left on the center (single lugs) while the surrounding (double lugs) were worn out, essentially leaving me riding on 1 inch wide patches of rubber as noise and vibration increased with wear, cornering became increasingly unstable...very bazaar considering the tire was never underinflated. I've read numerous reviews of similar experiences with wacky tread wear on this tire...so if you want a strictly off road tire, this will probably work as it does handle better on sand/dirt/gravel than the more street based distanzias or gripsters...but if you want hiway handling I would run from these tires....

      • Motorsports:
      • Casual Rider, Mechanic, Motorcycle Enthusiast

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good tire

      By Ray

      from Bend, Oregon

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Unstable

      Best Uses

      • Off-Road
      • Street Riding

      Comments about Shinko 244 Motorcycle Tire:

      I have almost 6000 miles on a set and can say they are a good tire at a good value. I can easily get another 500-750 miles out of this set. They've been good on the road and good in the dirt. I've been on single and double-track, gravel roads and rocky technical stuff. You can't go wrong with these. The only caution is that they take several hundred miles to scrub in and grip well.

      • Motorsports:
      • Motorcycle Enthusiast

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent for the price.

      By Possum

      from Mesa, AZ

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Install
      • Good Cornering
      • Good Ride
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Off-Road
        • Street Riding

        Comments about Shinko 244 Motorcycle Tire:

        Needed a durable tire that was solid for both street and dirt for my Honda Rebel. Found it with this tire. Performs vastly better than the original tires. Grips perfectly in a tight lean, even on wet pavement. Surprisingly smooth ride for the tread, slight road noise to be expected with this tire design. Despite being a rather soft rubber, shows virtually no wear after about 1000 miles of hard riding.

        • Motorsports:
        • Mechanic, Motorcycle Enthusiast

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        • Q:

          i'm planning on purchasing a 4.60-17 and a 3.00-21 tire(1 each) and wanted your opinion on tube selection for both tires. i will be doing more street riding than anything. thank you for your time.
          Asked on 1/19/2013 by buddy from delaware

          1 answer

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            A:

            Thank you for your question! We checked into what tubes came up in the stock sizes you are needing and show 2 types. Both will work fine on the street. The Metzeler would mainly be a street/Dual sport brand while the FLY would be mainly off-road but is thicker due to it being heavy duty. The Metzeler may be better due to it being more of a street based (DOT) product. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.
            Link to FLY tube:
            http://www.bikebandit.com/fly-racing-heavy-duty-motorcycle-tube
            Link to Metzeler tube:
            http://www.bikebandit.com/metzeler-motorcycle-tube

            Answered on 1/21/2013 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          What are the size equivalents for 90/90 - 21 54S and 130/80 - 17 65S. These are OEM specs for my KLR-650.
          Asked on 1/5/2013 by Anonymous

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            A:

            Thank you for your question! We have checked into this and show the size equivalents would be as follows:
            90/90-21 = 3.00-21
            130/80-17 = 5.00 or 5.10-17
            Please let us know if there is anything else we may assist you with.

            Answered on 1/7/2013 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          I have a 1973 Honda CB175. The current stock tires are:
          Front 2.75 x 18
          Rear 3.00 x 18

          Can I use this Shinko 3.00 tire on my front 2.75 rim?
          Asked on 11/25/2012 by Kilroy

          1 answer

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            A:

            Thank you for your question. You may need to mearure the clearences to determine fitment. The distance between the tire and the fender. and the swingarm. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at Sales@bikebandit.com, Live Chat or by phone toll free at 888-339-3888. We are more than happy to help.

            Answered on 11/26/2012 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          i am looking to purchase a set of these tires. sizes will be 3.00-21 and 5.10-17. I just want to check the speed rating of these tires. Does speed rating imply max speed for tires?
          Asked on 11/6/2012 by shinko newb

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            A:

            Thank you for your question. The speed rating for the front tire is "L" Which is rated up to 74 Mph. The rear tire is a "P" which is rated up to 94 Mph. Speed rating : In Germany some highways do not have speed limits and high speed driving is permitted. Speed ratings were established to match the speed capability of tires with the top speed capability of the vehicles to which they are applied. Speed ratings are established in kilometers per hour and subsequently converted to miles per hour (which explains why speed ratings appear established at "unusual" mile per hour increments). Despite the tire manufacturer's ability to manufacturer tires capable of high speeds, none of them recommend the use of their products in excess of legal speed limits. The maximum operating speed of a vehicle must be limited to the lowest speed rated tire on the vehicle.
            Speed ratings are based on laboratory tests where the tire is pressed against a large diameter metal drum to reflect its appropriate load, and run at ever increasing speeds (in 6.2 mph steps in 10 minute increments) until the tire's required speed has been met.
            It is important to note that speed ratings only apply to tires that have not been damaged, altered, under-inflated or overloaded. Additionally, most tire manufacturers maintain that a tire that has been cut or punctured no longer retains the tire manufacturer's original speed rating, even after being repaired because the tire manufacturer can't control the quality of the repair. As vehicles have increased their top speeds into Autobahn-only ranges, the tire speed ratings have evolved to better identify the tires capability, allowing drivers to match the speed of their tires with the top speed of their vehicle.

            Answered on 11/6/2012 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          WHAT IS THE SPEED RATING OF THESE SHINKO 244?
          Asked on 10/28/2012 by SHINKO NEWB from NIPOMO, CA

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            A:

            Thank you for your question. Depending on the size of the tire, the rating can be L= 75mph, P= 94 mph, S = 112 mph. If you can specify a tire size I can give the exact speed rating not just a range?

            Answered on 10/29/2012 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          i have a suzuki dr350 that uses metric sizes has 110/90 18 rear what would that be in this tire
          Asked on 10/25/2012 by preston

          1 answer

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            A:

            Thank you for your question. The converted size from a 110/90-18 to standard tire is a 4.10-18. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at Sales@bikebandit.com, Live Chat or by phone toll free at 888-339-3888. We are more than happy to help.

            Answered on 10/25/2012 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          I want to run this on front of a Moto Guzzi sidecar rig. What's the load rating in 4.10-18 size?
          Asked on 9/3/2012 by Cleatusj from Granbury, Tx.

          1 answer

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            A:

            Thank you for your question. The load index for the Shinko 244 tire is 65= 689 lbs., and the speed rating of the tire is "S" = 112mph max. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you by contacting us by email at Sales@bikebandit.com, Live Chat or by phone toll free at 888-339-3888. We are more than happy to help.

            Answered on 9/5/2012 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          Is this tire DOT approved?
          Asked on 8/18/2012 by mike from ca

          1 answer

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            A:

            Thank you for your question. Yes, DOT-approved, dual-purpose street and trail design tire. Tube type, 4-ply rating. Shinko designed all sizes for front or rear fitment.

            Answered on 8/20/2012 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          what size is equivalent of 120/80-18
          Asked on 8/16/2012 by pete

          1 answer

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            A:

            Thank you for your question. 4.25/4.50-18 is equivalent of 120/80-18.

            Answered on 8/16/2012 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          I have an Honda xl250. with 3.00 x 21 front and 4.00 x 18 rear, what 244 tire would fit on the rear? The front is no problem. Why doesn't Shinko make a 4.00 tire? Thank you
          Asked on 8/2/2012 by scottee from colorado

          1 answer

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            A:

            Thanks for your question! In order to insure proper fitment and sizing please give us a call 1-888-339-3888.

            Answered on 8/2/2012 by Anonymous
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        Specifications and Options

        Brand Shinko
        Front / Rear Front, Rear
        Tire Size 2.50-17, 2.75-14, 2.75-19, 2.75-21, 3.00-16, 3.00-17, 3.00-18, 3.00-21, 3.50-18, 4.10-18, 4.60-17, 4.60-18, 5.10-17, 5.10-18
        Rim Size 21, 19, 18, 17, 16, 14
        Tube / Tubeless Tube Type
        Load Index 35, 43, 45, 47, 50, 54, 56, 62, 65, 67, 68, 69
        Speed Rating L, P, S
        Ply Rating 4-Ply
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