By Adam Waheed, Road Test Editor

Shinko 005

If money is tight and you’re looking of the most affordable sport tire for your street or sportbike then consider the Shinko 005 Advance tire. At an as tested price of $190.98 at Motorcycle-Superstore.com ($73.99 for the front, $116.99 rear) you simply can’t deny the exceptional value served up by the Advance.

On the scales the Advance front tire came in as the third-heaviest behind the Avon VP2 Supersport, meanwhile the weight of the rear tire placed around mid-pack. Both on the track and the street the tires are toward the back of the field in terms of warm-up with a few minutes of riding (on the street) required before you can really load the tire confidently. On the track we achieved knee down lean angle within a half of a lap. The slightly more flat profile of the tires made the bike steer heavier than all other tires with exception of the Shinko 003 Stealth’s, but it was still acceptable.

Both tires had a more rigid carcass and delivered a relatively vague feel when cornering on the track. On the street the tires were toward the stiff end of the spectrum but still provided adequate bump absorption and delivered a decent level of road compliance.

Rear side grip wasn’t that impressive, with a smooth throttle hand necessary to avoid breaking traction when accelerating off a corner on the track. Even at a relatively sane street pace this characteristic occurred when aggressively loading the rear tire off a turn. Conversely drive grip on the fat part of the tire was excellent with the bike wanting to wheelie when the throttle was pinned coming out of slow to medium-speed corners.

During hard braking the front tire felt stable, however, caution needs to be exercised when the tire is initially loaded as there isn’t a lot of initial grip. However, we did appreciate how quickly it would “chirp” signaling loss of traction which gave us enough warning to reduce brake lever pressure.

At the Streets we recorded a best lap time of 1’29.15 which was 5.61 seconds slower than the fastest tire (Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP). At the big track the performance gap was even bigger (8.56 seconds) with the Advances only being able to net a best lap time of 1’40.01.

Even though the Shinko Advance doesn’t serve up the same level of performance as some of the brand names, we wouldn’t hesitate to put a set on our bike. If you’re one of those riders who burn through tires doing brake slides, burnouts, wheelies and endos the Advances will work just fine. In fact they’ll work acceptably for all riders as long as you can show some throttle hand restraint when exiting a corner—even still they are an awful lot of fun to get the back end kicked out coming off the corner.

RIDER NOTES:

“Predicable but somewhat heavy steering. You have to be really, really smooth during acceleration out of a corner. Anytime you’d put any immediate load on the rear tire it would break traction. Rear side grip was a bit sketchy and got worse as more heat got into the tire. Drive-grip on the fat part of the tire was really good. The Honda wanted to wheelie everywhere and you had to stand on the rear brake to keep the front end down. Tires were on the stiff side and the front tire was especially vague feeling.”