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Factory tires are shot need replacing. Since I do mostly road riding (99%) was thinking of going with Shinko SR428's front and rear. Anyone have comments on these tires.
 

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The Shinko SR428 is basically a clone of the Bridgestone 203/204 combo. I can attest to the Bridgestone’s “stickiness”, but have no experience of the Shinko’s

There is the inevitable aspect of “you get what you pay for”, and this is perhaps why so many would recommend the Bridgestones, and so few have tried the Shinkos

At the end of the day, I cannot recollect anyone saying the Shinkos are worse, it just seems to be a “concept allergy” towards buying them in the first place

But if you think that your life is worth the 70 dollar saving, we’ll happily hold your beer for you …..
 

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Factory tires are shot need replacing. Since I do mostly road riding (99%) was thinking of going with Shinko SR428's front and rear. Anyone have comments on these tires.
those look alot like my shinko 705's that i run on my honda cb500x. i'm real happy with them. infact i have never had a bad shinko and i put them on all my bikes. i have had bad Bridgestones. so, Purple, if you want to hold my beer, then go for it, but...i want it back and i am alwas happy to save $70
 

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I like the Bridgestone 203/204 combo - smooth and quiet on the street and if you stay out of the mud they are not bad on the trail. I have no experience with the Shinko version and have never heard anything bad about them.
 

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I've had both and have not been able to tell the difference. Both work well on pavement and can handle moderate off-roading with little problem. Just stay away from sand or deep mud.
 

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I have the Shinko 428 on mine and it seems no different than the Bridgestone 203/204 combo. I have Shinko on 3 motorcycles and never had an issue with any of them. Several of the tires balanced perfect with no weights needed. I had a Pirelli crack across the tread and delaminate though, with less than 2 years on it, not on the TW on that one though.
 

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Does anyone out there think those Shinkos will be worse than the stock tires?

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On road or off road? The stock tires are better for off road since they are knobbies though nobody likes the stock front knobbie off road. The Bridgestone knobbie on the street was fine until I wore mine out. On road the Shinko 428 are better. Less road noise, smoother, less vibration and on the TW I have never lost grip with them at all. If you have doubts just go with the Bridgestones. You can get the knobbies or the street tires, whichever suits your needs. I did like the hum of the knobbies on the street, it sounded like the humming 4 wheel drive trucks. The knobbies, Bridgestones wore out under 10,000 miles though.
 

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If the factory front tire sucks so much how come this guy doesn't have anything bad to say about it? Look what he was able to do with it.

 

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how come this guy doesn't >>
Its mostly rider and not the machine.

One of the faster guys I rode with always had bald tires, I mean knob less instead of knobbies. I was the guy who would swap on a new tire before an event looking for an advantage.
I’ve ridden his bike focusing on the bald tires and could not find fault. It really opened my eyes to the equipment vs skill scale.

Nothing beats seat time to develop your skills, Ken has over 40,000 miles on his bike and thats 1000hrs if a 40mph avg. With The muscle memory he has developed it must be like having autopilot.
 

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If the factory front tire sucks so much how come this guy doesn't have anything bad to say about it? Look what he was able to do with it.
He hasn't ridden it long enough to know better. If he rode it all the time he'd join the forum (or read tire threads if he already is) and swap out that front tire.

Of course, to be fair I owned and rode my TW with the original tire for a long time. This was before I was a member of the forum and didn't know any better. Looking back at the good old days, I was pretty leery of that front tire though.
 

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After experiencing the falls when I first got my bike I have to agree with the front tire not being that great. I thought that it was my lack of experience when I first got the bike. I slipped and fell in the mud, I slipped and fell in the sand. I could have done with less falls for sure. The front knobby was great on the concrete though. If you are going to ride mostly street just wear the front tire out then change it since it won't last that long any way. If you are going to ride mostly trails it would benefit you to change it before serious off road riding.
 

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Quote from the 1987 Cycle World review of the TW: "The front tire, however, doesn't work as well on as wide a variety of terrain, and tends to slide out before the rear." Sounds like this has been a complaint forever.


I'm going to keep the front tire on for now because I'm 90% street and having never ridden off road, will probably be riding fairly conservatively at first.
 
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