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Tire experience/comparison

If there's already a thread like this and I missed it, apologies. I have read about other members' tire experiences, but they are scattered all about. I think it would be a good idea to gather comparison information in one place. (I'm an engineer; we like data. Opinions are fine, but I'm also looking for data.)

My bike had Shinko tires on it when I got it, so I decided to stick with them for now. The rear was well worn, so I replaced it right away. I replaced the front tire at just over 3000 miles after I got the bike.

The rear tire new had 11/32 tread depth. I just replaced it again at just under 6000 miles with 3/32 tread depth left. I could have gotten a few more miles out of it, but I have a long trip planned and the tire would not have lasted. I paid $85.88 plus tax at Amazon. The tire ships from Chaparral Motorsports. Ordering from them directly the price of the tire was the same but shipping was over $20 as I recall. Amazon was free. I got the tire mounted and balanced at my local shop for $40, after I had removed the rear wheel.

Front tire was $67.88. Also pulled the wheel and went to my local shop for mounting and balancing.

Since I've only run the same tires on the bike, I don't have much to compare regarding handling, although others have said that they are sticky.

I'd be interested in hearing other experiences with Shinko and all brands - cost including mounting and balancing, handling, durability, where did you buy. At what tread depth do you replace your tires?

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I ran shinko tires on my C50 and got the same wear you did. Rear was done at about 6000 miles. I then went to metzler which cost just under double what the shinko does, but last twice as long. In the long run, it pays to get the better tires.

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If you do the math, the $86 tire costs you $172 plus two mounting and two balance and two tire disposal. You're better off paying $180 for the Metlzer and only dealing with it once.

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-2012 Vulcan 900 - 05-2012 to 05-2015
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If you do the math, the $86 tire costs you $172 plus two mounting and two balance and two tire disposal. You're better off paying $180 for the Metlzer and only dealing with it once.
So you got 12,000 miles on the Metzeler?


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Closer to 15k. Well worth the cost considering you have to do 2.5 shinko to get the same mileage.

Current Bikes -->
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-2014 Honda CTX1300 - 05-2015 to Present

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-1991 Harley Sportster 883 XL
-2000 Yamaha XV125
-2003 Piaggio Fly
-2004 Suzuki LS650 - 04-2005 to 07-2008
-2005 Boulevard C50 - 07-2008 to 5-2012
-2012 Vulcan 900 - 05-2012 to 05-2015
-2008 Yamaha FZ6 - 11-2008 to 04-2017
-2006 Star Virago - 05-2011 to 06-2017


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