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 Testing Shinko 505 Hybrid "Cheater" w/ MX-216 Fat Tire Front

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darngood1

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PostSubject: Testing Shinko 505 Hybrid "Cheater" w/ MX-216 Fat Tire Front   Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:43 pm

I am testing 2 new Shinko tires on my WRR that I haven't seen many review yet.  I have 25 miles on them now.  I will update the post with new photos and editorial at around 500 miles.  FYI: I commute 30-40 minutes per day on my WRR, and get into mix of desert and mountain trails whenever I can.  These are aggressive tires for D/S, but we will see how they perform as a 90/10 or 80/20 type tire.  Running on stock rims, added rim locks, heavy duty tubes.

Rear Tire Info Link

The rear is a Shinko 505 Hybrid "Cheater", 120/100-18, in the soft compound selection.  Load rating 68, higher than stock. Shinko makes this tire in soft or hard compound.  Both are DOT, but the soft variation says "not for highway use".  For those of us who ride 90/10 or 80/20 off/on road, and use the roads for short commutes or just to get to the woods, the soft or the hard compound are both fine.  This tire reminds me of the D606 in it's approach, but maybe a little more pliable across the top of the carcass.  It will flex more over rocks and roots and increase your footprint.  Air up for the road, down for the trail and you have one hell of a tire- and it's very affordable.  My initial impression is pure joy.  Traction is 10/10 and no wobbles or vibration at any speed so far on the road.  Have not had them on wet pavement yet.


Front Tire Info Link
The front tire is Shinko's MX-216 "Fat Tire" in 90/100-21.  Load rating 57, higher than stock. I definitely need more time off road with these and will report back later.  So far seems excellent.  On the road I had no vibration or wobble over 5mph.  As expected on an aggressive front, I could feel the lugs just a little coming to the end of a stop on pavement.  Being a wider, bigger tire for the stock rim, it took some work to spoon it on, but the increased footprint will be well worth the extra few minutes.


-Another note about this setup is they are both taller than stock, and I feel like the bike raised an inch or so.  Good news is both are similarly taller, so no fork height adjustment was needed.













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PostSubject: Re: Testing Shinko 505 Hybrid "Cheater" w/ MX-216 Fat Tire Front   Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:46 pm

fascinating...

I am interested to hear what sort of mileage you get from these since I also commute on my WR250R from time to time.  Right now I have two sets of wheels and one set is for mostly offroad riding (XCMS front and XCMH Rear).  My daily use wheels have a MT43 rear and a MT16 front.

Are they DOT approved?
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darngood1

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PostSubject: Re: Testing Shinko 505 Hybrid "Cheater" w/ MX-216 Fat Tire Front   Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:10 pm

rsteiger wrote:
fascinating...

I am interested to hear what sort of mileage you get from these since I also commute on my WR250R from time to time.  Right now I have two sets of wheels and one set is for mostly offroad riding (XCMS front and XCMH Rear).  My daily use wheels have a MT43 rear and a MT16 front.

Are they DOT approved?

They are DOT approved- I double checked with a Shinko factory rep.  The rear tire has a "hard" and a "soft" compound version.  The soft compound says "not for highway use" on it.  I got it anyway.  The deal with that is if you are running a heavy bike for long distances and high speeds in the heat- the soft compound can heat up, get soft, and wear quickly.  Our bikes are light, and I don't spend much time on freeways- maybe 10 miles during a commute.  if you get the hard compound it's a non-issue.

The Shinko rep told me of a lot of big D/S bikes running this rear and front without issue.  I told the rep their site didn't list them as DOT, and he said he would get the DOT specs added- didn't realize the spec was left off the site.
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