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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Cheap tire, but you get what you pay for
from Hesston, KS
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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....
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Excellent budget priced Dual Sport 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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from Bend, Oregon
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.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent for the price.
from Mesa, AZ
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.
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