This has truly been a great tire. It came installed on my 06 ZX-10 with purchase and this tires has never failed. I've put over 3K miles on this tire and it still looks brand new! I am mostly only a weekend rider but I have had this tire up on the Blue Ridge Parkway twisties and it was flawless, even on wet roads. While for my next tire, I may go with a Dunlop Q3 just to try out the rounder profile (this tire looks a little square), don't let that sway you. I've not had one problem with this tire, but I'm told I shouldn't be surprised, Shinko used to be Yokohama!
I have 8000 miles on this tire it looks like I will get 10k to 12k before it's to the wear bars as a comuting tire it's great. Feels heavy compared to say a Z6 .The upside is they are always available and very affordable.
My Kawasaki 1400cc Concours is a heavy bike w/lots of power and the SHINKO 009 RAVEN gives me the most miles compared to the more costly tires. I can buy a pair of SHINKO tires for less than cost of ONE of the other manufacturers brands.
This is my second Shinko tire and I'm very happy with the grip and mileage. I would strongly recommend these to my friends. In fact A friend that rides with me just bought both a front and rear tire for his CBR1100xx. Thanks again for a quality product.
I have a 03 Fatboy that I put a wide tire kit on & I have to run a 50 profile tire. I ran a metzeler ME880 when I first got the kit installed but this time around money was a bit tight. So I went with this Shinko & so far I'm pleased with it. Not sure if it'll give me the mileage the ME880 did but at less than 1/2 the cost I thought I'd give it a shot. Giving it 4 stars across the board as of now.