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I know, not another tire question... I searched but couldn't find the answer I'm looking for...

Has anyone tried the Shinko brand of tires? They are inexpensive tires, with good to great reviews. I'm looking at a set of the 777 WWW for my Vstar 1100. I'm concerned with performance, and the number of miles I can expect from them.

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I have never heard of that brand of tire so I did some digging.

In the United States Shinko Tires are imported by Western Power Sports, Inc. (WPS), with corporate headquarters in Boise, Idaho. With a strong foothold on the power sports market, and with warehouses located in Boise, Idaho; Fresno, California; and Memphis, Tennessee, Shinko Tires USA-in conjunction with WPS-is proud to bring you the Shinko line of Sportbike, Cruiser, Scooter, Off road, and Dual sport tires.

On going testing in the USA and R & D at Shinko Tire's factory means a continuous path of exciting tires to meet the need of today's riders. Shinko Tires and WPS are here to serve your needs.

Established in 1946, the Shinko Group began as a manufacturer of bicycle tires and tubes in Osaka, Japan that today has become a burgeoning manufacture of rubber products.

In 1998 the Shinko Group purchased the motorcycle tire technology and molds from Yokohama Rubber Co., and began production of these products under the Shinko Tire brand. With manufacturing based in South Korea and design based in Japan, the company has seamlessly combined Japanese engineering and design principles with South Korean production and quality control standards. Today Shinko Tires produces approximately 200,000 motorcycle tires per
 

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my best buddy has a Vmax and loves Shinko tires, he gets good use out of them and i'll probably buy from them as well when my tires need it so that i can give a good review.
 

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I also contemplated this brand a while. $124.00 shipped free from Ebay for my size. Quality and longevity made me nervous, so I spent the $200 for a Metzeler to match what I had previously. Bike came to me with Metzeler's on so I'll keep em. No idea what mileage I'll get. Bought used. My first new tire. I also was enlightened by reviews but was still a bit nervous about the Shenko. Good luck.
 

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Thanks for the research and responses. I did know that they were using the molds and technology from Yokohama, but I'm still hesitant. I still keep seeing good to decent reviews. Yes some hate them and would never but them again, others love them and would buy nothing else.. You're always going to get opinions on both ends of the spectrum, but most reviews are positive. For the price of a set of Shinko 777 (www) I could get only one Metzler tire. My thoughts are with the technology coming from Yokohama, the inexpensive price, and the decent reviews, that unless I uncover something that changes my mind, I'm going to give the Shinko's a try. I'll be ordering them within the next month.

I'll post up results when I have something to report. Thanks again for the responses.
 

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In addition to my V-Star, I own several other bikes. Here's a pic of a set of Shinko 777's I recently installed on my Sportster. They handle really well, but I can't speak to their longevity. To me, the 19" front looks skinnier than the Dunlop that used to be on there and the 16" rear looks fatter than the previous tire, also a Dunlop. They are fairly inexpensive, but lots of folks like them. I suspect they will wear out pretty quick.
 
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