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New rubbers :)

Yup got some new tires for my ride.

I must admit, Avon has stepped up their game in a big way. These tires are amazing.



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I put new shoes on this weekend too. Replaced the stockers at 5900 miles with some shinko 009's. The stock rear was square as hell.. after riding on the new rubber, I can't believe I put up with the worn ones for so long..

I could NOT get those new tires on with spoons. It was way too tight to get the last 1/5 on without destroying the bead, had to take it to a shop with a machine to get it finished. I also scratched the s#$% out of the rim through pieces of milk jug. Any tips?
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Did you use something like Pledge to lube up the rims a little bit? There are also commercial pastes you can buy specifically for this purpose, but I have found Pledge works well.
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That`s what I had on my V at the beginning of the summer but the rear tire just dissapear in no time!!! I'm running on Tourance in the back now but still with my Avon upfront!

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I could NOT get those new tires on with spoons. It was way too tight to get the last 1/5 on without destroying the bead, had to take it to a shop with a machine to get it finished. I also scratched the s#$% out of the rim through pieces of milk jug. Any tips?
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I must admit, Avon has stepped up their game in a big way. These tires are amazing.
You've probably not put too many miles on those guys yet, but I'm really interested those. I'd be eager to hear what you think. Are they noisy on the superslab? I'm trying to decide between those and the Tourance; any and all feedback is appreciated...

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You've probably not put too many miles on those guys yet, but I'm really interested those. I'd be eager to hear what you think. Are they noisy on the superslab? I'm trying to decide between those and the Tourance; any and all feedback is appreciated...

Cheers, Jeff
only have about 200 miles on them but so far I am in love. damp roads they work fire roads they work. even did some mud rutted roads and they did ok.

only down side I can think of is at about 85-90mph the front starts to wonder

and there is just about no noise from them on the freeway.


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I put new shoes on this weekend too. Replaced the stockers at 5900 miles with some shinko 009's. The stock rear was square as hell.. after riding on the new rubber, I can't believe I put up with the worn ones for so long..

I could NOT get those new tires on with spoons. It was way too tight to get the last 1/5 on without destroying the bead, had to take it to a shop with a machine to get it finished. I also scratched the s#$% out of the rim through pieces of milk jug. Any tips?
my tip is spend the 40 bucks and have a shop mount the tires on. it will save you a headache and damaged rims.

I used to be a big online guy trying to save 10 bucks here and there. then shops around me start to close up shop so now i buy all my stuff at the local motorbike shop it only cost me a few bucks more but I can also talk bikes to someone while they work on my bike


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I have 7893 miles on my stock tires. I hit the tread wear bars on my rear tire a few hundred miles ago.

I ordered Shinko 009 Ravens last week at a local shop. They got in today & I'm scheduled to have them installed tomorrow. I'm a little tempted to put it off until I have atleast 8000 miles on my original tires. Maybe I'll take the long way to the shop (110 mile detour).

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I have 7893 miles on my stock tires. I hit the tread wear bars on my rear tire a few hundred miles ago.

I ordered Shinko 009 Ravens last week at a local shop. They got in today & I'm scheduled to have them installed tomorrow. I'm a little tempted to put it off until I have atleast 8000 miles on my original tires. Maybe I'll take the long way to the shop (110 mile detour).

Nice! I had 5500 on the oem tires and they still had tread but they were stale and felt like po po. New tires always feel soooo good
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Shinko Tires Cracked. MEFO Replacement.

I might not ride off road this weekend (wife's b'day) but wanted to share my latest.

I have had Shinko 705 tires on my Versys for at least 2 years now. The front tire recently reached 9,000 miles and I thought it could do more miles but it cracked!

This is not the first time it happened. Before it was my fault (according to ShinkoUSA) because I didn't inflate the tire back to 32psi for high speed on roading after lowering to 25psi for off roading.

I took the blame and tried it again for 9,000 miles until it cracked. I didn't lower the air pressure at all this time. I guess it was just old and due for replacement?









Anyway, I switched to the MEFO and I like it. A bit noisy but lighter and better looking than the Shinko I think. I still have a Shinko rear tire but once that is due for replacement I'll try the Heidenau.

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You posted this in every freakin' tire thread? Sheesh!

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I posted my experiences with 705s a long time ago, and that I would recommend AGAINST them, because of the tread separation issue.

They are NOT safe, as long as this persists!!!

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Them are KLR rubbers.






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Thanks for the heads up on the 705's

I seeing that they start to crack from other forums as well.

Up to 1k miles on these and I am still impressed at how well they do. I can go from straight gravel dirty roads to full pavement smoking street bikes status without a blink of the eye!


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I also want to retract what I said about the wobble above 80mph. It must of been the freeway I was on. Bc these are stable at speeds above that.


Also I have a track day in february ill report back!


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You posted this in every freakin' tire thread? Sheesh!
Apologies, just wanted to warn other riders of the Shinko's issue.

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So I am about 1500 miles into these tires and I love them! they grip like nobody business! fully leaned over on uneven pot hole roads and they feel great! fires roads gravel roads are awesome too!

I am having a little tearing issue but its all good in my book considering how much I ask from these motard tires.



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MY experience with Shinko 705s, along with MANY others, is NOT the bit of 'chunking' your last pic shows, but of actual tread SEPARATIONS! Get one of those while "...you're asking much of them..." and you could end up on your head or worse.

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These look REALLY good for ADV riding. What size are you running, I can't tell in the photo.
Do you have some miles on them? How is road noise/vibration, and pavement carving/handling with this front?

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