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?
Thanks in advance.
2006 blue M50
2006 blue Yamaha Vino 125 scooter
1983 Wetbike (sold)