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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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New tire break in? Shinko 777...

I just finished reinstalling the wheels on my c50. I ended up pulling them myself and taking them into a local motorsports shop for mounting and balance, I think they did a fine job. I ended up doing more maintenance and cleaning during the process than I originally planned for but glad I did it myself. Greased driveshaft splines, polished some chrome, etc. (thanks to this forum on the shaft grease). + I got to buy a M/C jack. My oldie transmission jack was just too high for the bike...



Well, I still consider myself a M/C newb... How should I break these tires in? Just fart around and take it easy in the corners? Did I waste my time and money installing junk Korean tires?


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Take it easy for about the first 100 miles. Chemicals they put on them to preserve them is very slick and should wear off by then.
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The tires will have a mold release agent left on them from manufacturing. It will take about 100 miles to wear it off and give you virgin rubber. It helps to lean the bike from side to side to "scrub them in" and get them ready to ride.

Shinko makes a great handling tire, but they are not known for their durability.
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X2 on the 100 mile break in period. You can also find a big parking lot and do a bunch of figure 8's to help scrub off the sidewalls. Just be careful during the break in period. Shinkos are fine tires, but as mentioned, not the most durable.

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Thank you gentlemen, I will take your advice. I forgot to mention they are the "H.D." version of the tire. I'm not sure what kind of difference that makes if any.



Keep stock/recommended tire pressure in your opinion? (32psi front/36 rear)
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It won't make any difference. Shinko uses a really soft (and grippy) compound. It grabs the road and inspires a lot of confidence, but it is as durable as a pencil eraser.

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Sounds good to me. I'll ask for cheese with my whine when they are chopped and balding. Hopefully I can get at least 5k miles out of them. They must be safer than the 14 year old IRCs... I just went on a 20 mile quick spin with several slow curves and my initial thoughts are these things are terrible (felt out of balance or round at speed), but after 10-15 miles or so they started to feel better. I'll try it again tomorrow.



Running recommended pressures for now. In another post someone said air them suckers up slightly below max psi on sidewall.
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I had them on my last bike, a VS800. They were what my local (non dealer) motorcycle shop recommended and what he said the sold alot of. I only had them about a year and 1500 miles before I sold the bike. For that period I was pleased with them.

I actually will probably buy another set for my current bike real soon unless he recommends something different.
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They are fine tires. If you ride less than 5k a year, then you will only have to replace them yearly. If you ride more than 5k miles per year, then you will be replacing them a lot more often. They have an attractive price point, comfortable ride and good grip. But when you have to replace them 2 or even 3 times in the same period that a premium tire would last, you quickly spend more than you would, had you gotten the better tire in the beginning.
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