Brandi (Saint Louis )
I bought the brand a few times but this is the first Raven. When I bought this tire there was a lot of skepticism and I did it anyway. I ran them for 6500 miles on back roads the dry traction for my bike was pretty good but wet traction was scary but was expected since it was a high mileage tire. The odd part is I had to change it out due to a leak and dismounted to patch and it turned out it was tire failure in addition to the puncture. I am glad I did not have to experience full on tire failure that something punctured it first. Steel belt was coming un-layered inside the tire, IMO was from the puncture and road it on flat basically for maybe a mile, was the strangest thing I ever seen. If it were not for the tire fail I probably would have gotten 10k out of the tire easily. Will I buy another, yes. Most would not but I know what to watch for and doing my daily safety checks is tire check I will give another chance and putting 12k a year on my bikes as my only means of transportation is the way I roll. I read one review of swelling did NOT experience this at all with the proper size tire. This tire was mounted on a 1997 Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird that is currently at 8x,xxx miles and a daily rider even in the winter.
Olivier (Pantego )
I have had this tire on the rear of my ZX10r for 5,500. Used in all conditions on the road. Over all this mileage I never wished I had another tire on the bike. I now suspect that the "premium" brands are taking their customers to the cleaners. Buying the same tire this time around.
jeff (phoenix )
Coming from WA I can say this tire is the best 66 buck investment you can make. I got just over 17k in all types weather traction is better the other brands for twice the money. Then again it out lasts them by several thousand miles
Robert (Yuba City )
2004 Suzuki Intruder 1500: I replaced my Metzeler ME 880 tire with 8,942 miles on it with the Shinko 230 Tour Master rear tire on 21 April 2015. I got 7,151 miles on it before it needed replacing. I replaced it with another Shinko 230 Tour Master on 10 November 2015. The Shinko tire has more grip and is smoother on the road than the Metzeler was. And at half the cost, a little less mileage is more than worth it. As far as "Wet Traction" goes, I don't ride in the rain so can't really say, but, there is no option to not set a star count. My front tire is also a Shinko 230 Tour Master and was put on 267 miles before the first Shinko rear tire was put on, but looks to be able to give me another 5,000 miles, it currently has 7,585 miles on it. This front Shinko 230 Tour Master is much better than the Metzeler ME 880 it replaced. Much better grip and smoothness and sharp cornering is a breeze. I was leery at first to go with a tires less than half the price of the well known tires, but after reading some of the hundreds of positive reviews, I decided to give Shinko a try. Very happy that I did!
Fritz (Alexandria )
I really like these tires! I feel like I have a new bike. I got a pair for my Kawasaki C14, replacing factory original tires, installed them myself as I was super careful about balancing them. I can't believe how the new tires make the bike feel. Smoother in all respects. It sounds, feels, and rides smoother. I feel like I am on rails. The transition into and out of turns is awesome after having been on dual-compound tires, with the soft edges having worn down, resulting in a sort of cliff drop-off when you star a lean into a turn. Who cares if these are not what Kawasaki specified? They WORK!
steve (weaverville )
I put 8000 miles on a set everything fine had a flat on the front not the tires fault valve stem brok but had to ride on it by airing it up every couple of miles for about 20 miles got it fixed finished the trip (about 1000 miles) then the tire started to cup bad I blame it on the flat ride. I'm going to give them another shot because you can't beat the price and my elite 3 only got 13000 and twice the price.