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Has anyone tried the Shinko Verge tires yet? The dealership guys are all running them and they have good online reviews.

Thinking about trying them out!
 

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I have read several comparison tests with that tire in the mix. According to those tests the tire is among the heaviest and slowest handling. You get what you pay for with cheap tires. If you are looking for inexpensive tires, Continental has some tires priced almost as low as Shinkos. For my money I'd go with the Conti's.
 

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i hear good thing about shinko tires....there probably the best price by far and more tire ill ever need....there a big company i believe bigger then most think......thanks for posting shinko ill be needing tires end of this year and ill give then a closer look
 

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i hear good thing about shinko tires....there probably the best price by far and more tire ill ever need....there a big company i believe bigger then most think......thanks for posting shinko ill be needing tires end of this year and ill give then a closer look
if you take in consideration the mileage, how many miles you get from a tire + mounting cost, my experience has been that they are far from being the best value
PR2 and Avon AV66 are for the rear and BT30 for the front
 

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Tires and brakes are items to never cheap out on. What that means to me is; do not buy tires and brakes solely because they are the cheapest. Especially on a $10,000 motorcycle with 160 hp. That being said, I would never buy discount tires or brakes. You get what you pay for in this area. That is not to say I do not shop around for the best discounted price. For me, piece of mind alone is enough to justify buying a reputable brand of tires. But I am of the opinion I could use all the help I can get keeping the shiny side up. And I am willing to sacrifice a few extra bucks to that end.
 

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I considered the Shinko Raven 009 when looking for tires, but ended up going with the Bridgestone BT0023 instead because it was only a few dollars more but had much better reviews.

The Raven and the Verge both seem to be sport touring tires, not sure why Shinko has two different sport touring tires, maybe the Verge is the replacement for the Raven?

Another cheap tire is the Continental Contimotion but it got some poor reviews and is even billed as a budget tire. The BT0023 is not a budget tire, it's just cheap because it's been replaced by the T30 but it's still a quality tire. The T30 supposedly offers slightly better grip but worse longevity.

I had previously paid top dollar for Michelin PR4's back in 2014 when they had just come out, and for the type of riding I do I don't notice any difference between them and the bridgestones so I may as well save some money. I'd say if you ride a lot in the rain the PR4 can't be beat.
 

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Tires and brakes are items to never cheap out on. What that means to me is; do not buy tires and brakes solely because they are the cheapest. Especially on a $10,000 motorcycle with 160 hp. That being said, I would never buy discount tires or brakes. You get what you pay for in this area. That is not to say I do not shop around for the best discounted price. For me, piece of mind alone is enough to justify buying a reputable brand of tires. But I am of the opinion I could use all the help I can get keeping the shiny side up. And I am willing to sacrifice a few extra bucks to that end.
This was something that me, the guy from my local bike shop and the other lads who were with us at a track day recently, were discussing at length. We all had the same view, that the two areas we would never go cheap on, are tyres and brakes, the ability to stop and the quality of your contact with the road with the need for these two to work continuously in tandem cannot be scrimped on, your life depends on it, one area that concerned us was the fact that you can be sold fake pads on ebay and also sold genuine tyres which have been sitting on the shelf for 6,7,8 years and unless you had the fore-thought to check the production date you would never know, blissfully ignorant but happily smug that you've just saved 30% over the price your local bike shop wanted, but at what price really ????
 

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Tires are the only part that is keeping you connected with the road! They are by far the most important part of a bike or car. Even more on a bike that has only 2 wheels. Put cheap tires on a good bike and you completely destroy the handling. Put an awesome tire on a cheap bike and you get a fairly decent ride. Especially with 160 HP on a sporty bike, I personally just buy the best street tire I can find for my needs and call it a day. I just bought Pirelli Rosso III. For that split second where I'll need all bite I can get (to keep it on the road maybe), I know I'll have the best I was able to find. $$ should be very low on the checklist when shopping for tire. And we have only 2 to replace.

But that is just my opinion.

Just be safe guys! Cheers!
 

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Thanks for all the replies.

First of all, I wasn't considering these tires because they were cheap, but because the parts counter and mechanic guys at the local Suzuki dealership all recommended them.

All three had sport bikes and were running them with satisfaction, apparently. One had them on his Kaw z1000, another had them on his Honda CBR and I don't remember what the other bike was.

I don't know, maybe I look poor and they were trying to find something that they thought was in my price range. Lol

I do agree that compromising safety for a few bucks is unwise, but do we really know these tires are underperformers just because of the price range?

I would really like to find someone on here who actually has run them, or know someone that has.

Most of the reviews I've read online have been positive, but it would really be great to hear from a fellow GSXS owner on their experience.
 

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Can't go wrong with the PR4 I had them on my last bike and put about 15,000 kms on them and they still looked like they had a lot of life remaining when I sold the bike.
 
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