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So after a good weekend of riding I've come to some conclusions about the E804/805. 

Heading into the weekend the tires  had about 600 miles, just mounted them in December. Mileage for the Death Valley Rally trip was about 100 miles of pavement, and 300 miles of off highway stuff. 

1) The tires did well on wet pavement with sections of water as deep as 12". Tire pressure was 40 front, 34 rear. 

2) Ballarat was a huge mud hole, deep slick mud. Some sections I had the bike buried up to the rear swing arm. No issues with the tires gumming up, tread would instantly clear itself. They could have been better with lower tire pressure but I opted to stay where I was at. 

3) Sand, the tires didn't seem to be an issue. I rode some sections that probably totaled up to almost 150 miles of soft deep sand. The biggest issue was no steering stabilizer,a heavy bike, and 2.15 front wheel. With all that going on, tires weren't an issue. 

4) Previously, I mentioned that I had used a grooving iron to split some of the larger tread blocks on the rear tire, and that I had opted to not to groove this set to see if it mattered. The answer is, yes it matters a lot in some situations, not at all in others.

-While riding sections that where nothing but rock, shale, river bed/ washes, technical hill climbs that have baby heads on them, grooving the tread blocks allows the crown of the tire to flex more  while riding over harder materials. However, if you ride stuff like that, the 804/805 probably isn't the best choice of tires. I did run them though, and they were fine. 

-With large blocks on sandy to hard pack dirt climbs, the tires hook up with out any issue. 

-Loose off camber trails, the rear tread has very little lateral traction. The lugs hook up while going straight very much like a paddle tire. However, the same lugs have very little keeping them from sliding sideways. There were several sections where people observed me riding through sideways, one guy commented that I was very good at drifting. It was a sketchy situation where an attempt to turn around wasn't an option. 

5) Durability, I had every expectation of replacing the tires after the ride. The tires look no different than they did before the trip. I can't imagine beating on them any harder than I did. 

All in all, they did great. I probably shouldn't have taken all the dual sport routes on a 990 to begin with but it seemed like a good idea at the time. The tires went the distance, and I have no doubt that I'll get plenty of mileage out of them in the coming months. 

I doubt there is a tire that can preform like this while staying at what looks like the one of the lowest price points in category. 

 

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Brett Folkerts

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For the price, it's tough to beat this tire.  I mounted a rear up to my 1190R a few weeks ago.  I was a bit skeptical at first about buying a Shinko, but pulled the trigger when my MotoZ tires were still on backorder.  It handles about the same as my old TKC-80's, but seem to last a lot longer!  Off-road, they are almost identical in performance to the TKC-80.  On road, the TKC-80 might turn in a bit faster, and inspire a bit more confidence....but it's marginal.  Air them down off-road (out in Silverton / Ouray doing all the passes this week) and they grip gravel, rock and hard pack very predictably.  I ride about 80% off road, and 20% on.  Happy so far!

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Eric Hall

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Kind of late to the Shinko 804/805 party it seems.  I've heard that it's such a great 60/40 tire and got to experience that truth on a trip out to Green River, Utah to do some white water rafting with my daughter.  But before that happened I took the tires out for a bit of extreme desert riding with @556baller visiting Burro Schmidt Tunnel and then McIver's Cabin.  Lots of deep sand, rocks, ruts, gravel.  All day long.

I can put to rest this myth that the 805 rear "has no lateral traction."  That's total BS.  I had a REALLY hard time getting it to cut loose in corners.  When it was on its last third of wear?  Sure, it would cut loose but just like any other 60/40 tire does on its last third of wear.

So then there's the Utah trip where I really appreciated the Shinko's 60/40 road manners.  Lots of twisty pavement.  Hot pavement too!  Turns out I ran the entire 670 or so mile there under-inflated at around 30 psi!  Apparently that didn't affect the tread life as I'm still looking to get ~4500 off the rear before it's done.

This "party" I was late to is what you hear rider after rider say which is this is the best 60/40 tire out there for the money.  $200 gets you a set front and rear and that's hard to beat.  Apparently they're also made in the same factory as the TKC-80's.  This rear block design kind of makes you want to take a knobby knife to the lugs to make it look more like the TKC-80 but honestly the lack of dirt traction at the last third of tread life differs little from that gold standard tire.

This is what they looked like at 2,000 miles near the north rim of the Grand Canyon

This is what they looked like at 3,000 miles.  Impressive, huh?  I think so.  2600 is all I got out of a set of TKC-80s

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Pro's

  • Great tread life
  • Great off road traction
  • Truly great 60/40 pavement grip
  • Unsurpassed value
  • Super easy to break the rear bead when removing
  • Stiffer sidewall than TKC-80

Cons

  • Might take a knobby knife to the rear blocks if you're so inclined

 

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Brent Smith

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I have been using the Shinko tires for about two years. I switched to the 805 after burring through two TKC80's - or I should say they burned through my wallet. The Shinko is a great deal- 120$ and free shipping from Chaparral Moto in California. As for quality, I think it is very high. They are engineered by a Japanese firm and manufactured using high quality rubbers and materials in South Korea. The tire wears much better than the TKC- almost twice as long actually. I get great traction off-road, and a nice smooth highway feel. 

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ewxlt

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Note, this is for the rear only, no experience with the front of this model:

 

I've had good dirt time with it and about 400 highway miles with it.

 

The tire is a solid choice.

 

Pros:

-Super great dirt hook up. That rear is practically a paddle tire compared to what I'm used to. New Years Day after the rain I putted around and almost got caught in some very loose dirt/grass, but with some throttle the bad boy hooked it up with a rain of traction and dirt flying. 

-Good braking traction descending in dirt.

-Excellent road manners. I'm no knee dragger but they give me confidence, are smooth at speed and planted...no vagueness.

 

Cons:

-Wearing somewhat quickly like an 80/20 would...so it's not really a con, but I'll just mention it here. I'd say it has another 2k on it I'm guessing.

-Slippery a bit on road reflectors at slow speeds....but it could be just me.

-Under 10mph they are bumpy...but I can't tell if it's the TKC80 up front which is just terrible for street IMO.

 

I could easily use this rear all the time...it shines in dirt and is very polite on the road.

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