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Have been watching my tires pretty close and the other day, out of the blue I have developed cracks in the front, between the treads. These are the factory tires that came on my 04 and just turned 4k miles and tread looks like new. Kind of like me age decided to kick in!!! Rear still looks perfect but am going to change out both for safety reasons. Have looked at Shinko's and think I will go with the 230 Tour Master for the rear, but one place I'm looking their chart says the TM brand won't fit the VN 750 front, what I found is the SR733. Reading past post I came across where tires were marked one size but ended up not being that size, was that Shinko or Pin Wall or just a odd thing that happened? As stated here before people, keep an eye on these tires as age does matter!!

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Just ordered a Shinko 230 for the front myself. I was a little wery about how much less that cost than the nightdragon's I was considering but their reviews are fantastic and for $60 I'm giving them a try.

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That may have been my post you read about the 733s actual size being different than marked. based on what others have said, I believe that it is an issue with the particular model of tire and the 'fault' of Shinko and nothing to do with Pinwall.

IMHO, if you find a deal on a set of Shinkos that others have verified fit the 750 OK, go for it, however, it seems the 733s will not fit.

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tourmaster 230's front and rear on mine....

yea, of them shinkos on yours are factory, they shoulda been replaced 4 yrs ago. usually don't run them much over 6 yrs for safety reasons.

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tourmaster 230's front and rear on mine....
X2, and mostly because of Spock, I used Ride On. I would buy Shinko's again and I am going to use Ride On from here forward.
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while I rarely get over 55 mph around here, I found my shinko's to be pretty well balanced from factory, if the pink dot is installed at the valve stem.

considered using some ride-on, but haven't jumped to it yet

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Got my oversize pair of 230 TM from Pinwall though ebay, $128/shipped. 4000 miles, no troubles, good grip, plenty of tread depth still.

Not sure if Pinwall became a Shinko dealer, but I got a card in the mail last month with this link on it.

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Another vote for Shinko TM 230s. I replaced my stock tires with oversized Shinkos and got close 14k miles out of the rear, which I just replaced again. The front is still going strong after 14k+ miles. When I replaced the rear I lined up the dot with the valve stem and used ride-on too and it seems to be balanced perfectly.

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I run Shinko 777s....I love em....first few days I had to "burn em in" to rough em up a lil, but after that, were great.....I got mine at Superstore, they have free shipping....and they always done me delays, no BS...their cust service is great....ya dont talk to India....

Pinwall has a great rep....I plan on making a trip there one day to visit Ruger and buy a 1500 front end.....they have some great buys as well....

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Last season we installed a set of Bridgestone Spitfires to our 750. I've been running Shinko's 009 Raven Sport Touring tire on my Suzuki Bandit 1200S for the past 4 season's, and have gotten incredible mileage out of them for a 500+ lb Sport oriented bike that gets ridden fairly hard on occasion. Every other brand of tire I have tried on that bike varied from as little as 4000 miles to around 7000 miles. Every set of Shinko's I've had on it have gone at least 10k miles. My last set lasted me 12k, and the set that's on it right now are coming up on 11,000 miles and have maybe around 1000-1500 miles or so left in them.

Not to mention the price difference. The other brands I was using varied between $300 to nearly $400 a set mounted and balanced (bringing in just the wheels off the bike). I usually can get the Shinko's for my Bandit around $180 for the set shipped to my door, and can have them mounted and balanced for around $50 at the local shop.
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