Shinko Tires: A Mechanic’s Experience with the SE890 Journey Tires

It’s been a while since I’ve written an article about my experience with a new set of cruiser tires, but I wanted to share with you something that I did that I consider to be sacrilegious in my line of work.

As a mechanic, I have always been against using Shinko tires due to my past experiences with them. However, I recently decided to try out the Shinko SE890 Journey tires on my own motorcycle, and I wanted to share my experience with you.

But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Is this the best cruiser tires for you? Let’s find out!

SE890 Journey Touring

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Features

  • All-Weather Traction
  • Durable Construction
  • Compatibility with Different Motorcycle Models

My Previous Experience with Shinko Tires

Before I go into my experience with the SE890 Journey tires, I want to give you a little bit of background on why I’ve always been against Shinko tires.

Inconsistent beading was my main issue with them, and it made tire changes a hassle. Despite their affordability, the beading problems were frustrating enough for me to avoid them whenever possible.

Trying Out Shinko SE890 Journey Tires

However, the high cost of Dunlap tires forced me to look for other options. Putting one Dunlop E4 on the rear of my cruiser costs more than putting four tires on my car. So, I decided to try out the Shinko SE890 Journey tires.

To my surprise, they beaded onto the rims with ease. I’ve been riding with them for a few days now, and I’m impressed with their grip and handling.

They feel as good as brand-new Dunlap tires, which is not something I wasn’t expecting at all. Of course, the real test will be how long they last, but for now, I’m impressed.

The Cost of Dunlop Tires

As I mentioned earlier, the cost of Dunlop tires was a significant factor in my decision to try out the Shinko SE890 Journey.

I was spending a lot of money on tires, and I wasn’t getting the mileage I expected. Despite Dunlop’s claim of lasting a long time, I just wasn’t seeing it.

I’m hopeful that the Shinko SE890 Journey tires will give me better value for my money.

Tire Sizing

Here’s a table that lists the front and rear tire sizing of the Shinko SE890 Journey Touring Radial Tires, along with their corresponding star ratings based on customer reviews:

Tire SizePositionRim SizeLoad RatingSpeed RatingStar Rating
130/70-18Front1869H4.5
160/80-16Rear1675H4.5
150/80-17Front1772H4.5
180/60-16Rear1680H4.5

Note: The star ratings are based on customer reviews and are subject to change over time.

Conclusion

If you have any experience with the Shinko SE890 Journey tires or any other Shinko tires, please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.

For now, I’m impressed with the grip and handling of these tires, and I’m looking forward to seeing how long they last.

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