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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
I've never used them, but the main drawback to the Shinkos seems to be that they wear out faster. I replace (and balance) my own tires, and would rather have a tire that lasts as long as possible, to avoid having to go through the hassle of mounting and balancing another set after a short time. Considering the lower mileage, I doubt the Shinkos are really THAT much cheaper, especially if tou pay for mounting and balancing.
On the other hand, I have a set of cheap Cheng Shins on my dual sport bike, with over 10,000 miles on them, and most of that is DIRT miles. They are maybe 2/3 worn out. And these were super cheap, like $22 for the front, $30 for the rear. But they are much easier to change, and I don't balance them. And while they have proven to hold up well, I would be hesitant to use any Chinese tire on a street bike at high speeds.
If they are inflated to the so called "max" pressure, and used strictly on the street, you can get 20,000 miles or very close out of a rear ME880. You can get 20,000 or more out of the front.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike