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Old 11-17-2012, 11:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cheng chin tyres

Cheng Shin or Chin tyres now manufacture Maxxis tyres for sports bikes and sell them through E Bay. Has anyone tried a pair of these tyres recently, are they any good?
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have some on my other (off road) bike so cant really compare however, they are ok on that. Some good OK road tests on them too, think I would give them a try if I was commuting again, if price was right.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I had the trials tyres on an TR5T and they were fine but that was 38 BHP and 80 mph max.. If you are looking for cheap Shinko has some good reviews on Youtube.
Cycle gear has a sale on Bridgestones the set is $199.
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Sorry didn't see you were in ole Blighty. MCN seems to advertise tyre sales every week best prices seem to be in London, just head south till you get stuck in traffic you'll know you've arrived.
I have friends that have used Maxxis with no qualms.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Conti Motions seem to be head and shoulders above anything else in their price range. Certainly better than Shinkos in my experience.

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Go to "National bike tyres" they have great prices on combo sets.
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Chinese tires have found a place in the market due to low price, but the reviews I have read usually have them at the bottom. Tread wear has often been reported as just OK, so that decreases their actual monetary savings.

I just read a big sport tire test in, I think, Sport Rider (I read so many bike mags I sometimes forget what I read where). They tested many different brands and models on a Honda CBR600 and Suzuki GSXR1000. Included was a Chinese tire which came in dead last - by a lot. Winner was the new Dunlop Q2, second Brigdestone's new S20. They did not test Michelin's new tires because they were not yet in production.

To combat the low priced Chinese tires, some manufacturers are keeping, or bringing back, the models that newer/better performance tires were to replace. For example, Dunlop just came out with the Q2 as their top sport tire. However, they are going to keep the Qualifier in their line as a lower priced sport tire. So you may find it worthwhile to buy an older model from a reputable company rather than a compromised Chinese tire.

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Old 11-18-2012, 01:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I concur with JohnD

even though Cheng Shin have been around for ages, in my recollection of tests over the years they have never rated very well for grip or handling.

I agree whole heatedly about the Dunlop Q2 for sports riding although they are in my opinion a bit too soft for a bike like the Sprint (weight wise).
I am on my forth set of Q2's on my Daytona and love them, also fine for the track.

On my GT I prefer the Michelin Pilot Road 3's mostly because they handle and steer sharply, have excel;lent wet and dry grip and last a long time, the Dunlop Road Smart 2 is much the same I believe.

I would only use a Cheng Shin if my budget dictated I had to, but I certainly would not push them hard like I do most tyres.

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Its weird how people forget where "slipstones" started and always start comparing "cheap" tyres to premium sports tyres.
Tyres are, and always will be a compromise between price, performance and wear and you pays your money and make your informed choice, adapting your riding style to suit your tyre or your budget to satisfy your need?
Always good to have another tyre thread!
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:00 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm very happy with my Michelin Pilot Road 3's on my Daytona 955i. I had been using Bridgestone Battlax BT016 but in these tough economic times I just couldn't keep up with replacing 'em!

IMHO, the PR3 is a good compromise tyre between price, performance and wear. Most importantly, for road-sport use, I place my entire life in their treads

Check out Wikipedia for a description of the Taiwan-based Cheng-Shin Rubber Ind. Co.,Ltd., operating as Maxxis International. I see the company is billed as the tenth largest tyre company in the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheng_Shin_Rubber That being said, I'll stick to my Japanese Bridgestones thank you very much: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridgestone



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