Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Central Coast NSW Australia
Shinko 705 review
Ok last Friday, Metzeler Tourance ESPs replaced by Shinko E705 pair - 150/70 17 and 110/80 19. Scrubbed in Saturday, initial pressures set at 2.5bar F and 3bar R for Sunday ride (two up, bitumen).
These tyres feel completely different to the ESPs. The blurb says the Shinkos are 70/30 road/off. If that's the case then the ESPs were definitely 90/10. That's not to say the Shinkos are lacking on the tar, more that the ESPs are that good.
First run about 200km round trip mixed quality bitumen surface, two-up, 60, 80, 100km/h speed zones with plenty of windies including hairpins and sharp doglegs.
Oh, and 39C......
Have to say, I can't remember any other time the front of a bike I'm riding has felt so solid. Went looking for road grooves to check tram-tracking, and only a barely discernible twitch - more correctly manifested itself as a little wiggle in the arse - barely. Very impressive and confidence inspiring.
Back end very solid with no drifting under acceleration or braking. Again, inspires confidence.
Not as throwable as the ESPs, but definitely solid. Bike Tends to fall-in differently and there's a certain "buzz" feel, most likely the blockier tread pattern.
Going to back off the rear pressure to 2.9 bar and see what happens.
So far so good.
Now let's look for some dirt...