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Shinko Raven 009 Review/anyone tried trail attacks?

I have just put 8,000 miles on my Ravens and thought I would give my observations since I am shopping for my next set of tires. For the money I spent on these I am impressed. Not great tires but but better than average.

Good:
Good wear and have at least 2-3,000 miles still left.
Good grip overall except at full lean to the edges.
The tread pattern gives decent grip on loose gravel and dirt roads.
Great value and build quality for the low cost.
Good in the rain.

Bad:
Squirmy at full lean.
Turn in is slow.

Conclusion:
If you want a good all around tire that has great build quality and a low price,
then you can't go wrong with these tires. If you are part speed racer in the curves and take trips to the edge of your tires then look elsewhere.

Note: I live on Maui with so no winters. Roads here are either very smooth or really choppy and bad. I also take trips off road with lots of sharp ground lava rock with loose dirt. Which is why I'm looking at a set of continental Trail Attacks so if anyone has tried these then please giv some feed back.
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How much riding did you do in gravel/dirt?

I've got Michelin Road Pilot 2s on my V and I don't like how it feels in the gravel/dirt.

This is bad, because I've got 1 mile of the stuff to ride through every time I leave the house.
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Just did an 800 mile trip on Dunlop Roadsmarts. Some gravel but lots of twisties. They worked very well on both surfaces and for $180 shipped you cannot go wrong.

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Thanks for your review. Recently had Ravens mounted and agree they are a great value. Will probably stay with them despite their uncanny ability to find and follow tar snakes.

My preference would be Pirelli Scorpion Trails. Very sure-footed although my "lean angle" is perhaps nowhere near that which you may seek. Rear hit wear bars at about 5,550 miles; front was good for a thousand more, perhaps. Would have stayed with them, were a set not $100 more than a set of 009s and offered little more than half the durability.
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Not too much dirt riding. Maybe once every month when I want to go and see the sights. They will give decent grip on gravel roads even on soft curves but go slow. Compound is on the harder side and hold up to rocks better than sport tires.
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Now at 9400 miles on rear 150/70 ContiTrailAttack and front Avon Distanzia... TrailAttack is absolutely excellent all around, and is lasting longer than front Distanzia. New TrailAttack 2 looks great. Like Metzeler's Tourance Next, it's also available in a front 120/70.

http://www.conti-online.com/www/moto...tack_2_en.html

http://www.metzeler.com/site/com/pro...ance-next.html
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This pair of monkeys should get you up your gravel front drive!!!
http://www.conti-online.com/www/moto...tkc_80_en.html
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This pair of monkeys should get you up your gravel front drive!!!
http://www.conti-online.com/www/moto...tkc_80_en.html
And probably rattle out your fillings on the highway!
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Naa.. If I wanted knobbies I would get an enduro. Putting those on my Versys would be like using your line backer for a running back. Sure he can do it, but not the best guy for the job. Man I can only imagine how those would act on the street with a 450 lb bike.
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Naa.. If I wanted knobbies I would get an enduro. ...Man I can only imagine how those would act on the street with a 450 lb bike.
Check posts by "jdrocks" to see how our Vs work on knobbies. He has several threads that have been read about 250,000 times!



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