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Shinko 009 Raven Front Tires

The Raven high performance radial was specifically designed for long life. 


  • Specifically designed to meet the demands of high performance tires
  • Provides superior riding comfort and high grip
  • W speed rated (168 mph)
  • Aramid belted
  • Highest tread life of Shinko sport performance radials
  • DOT approved
4.4 / 5.0
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Gotta love these tyres!
I did a 48 state cross country trip on my ZX-9 and these tyres made it from start to finish! Had to replace the front when I got home due to a nail. I put over 26,000 miles on one set of tyres and the rear is still goin strong

PROS: Smooth ride, Long tread life, Great traction

January 7, 2011
Great tires for the price.
I use the tires on my sv650 for rides through the hills where I live. A few great features about these tires are, One their pretty inexpensive for a sport tire, the tires are (M/C) med compound. Roll from edge to edge are easy and smooth, and is a very controllable ride. It doesnt take a lot of weights to balnce the wheels after mounting. Because their radial tires warm up is about 10 mins. These are not track day tires and I would go to their Stealth, Verge, or Apex for that. Whats no so great, trying to mount these things are tough. They have a very stiff side wall, which in turn makes them a little hash on rough roads. Over all I have about 500 miles on them with no issues over all.
September 1, 2011
Nice Stick for a inexpensive price.
So far I've put 400 miles on the tires. The ride is very smooth, when I balanced the tires they didn't take much weight. The Shinko's stick pretty well once you wear off the molding release. I can roll almost edge to edge without losing grip. I was a little worried at first because they were so inexpensive, but soon forgot the cost and I was very impressed by how well they handled.

PROS: Inexpensive, Smooth ride, Good road stick

CONS: None so far

BEST USES: Street, Touring
August 17, 2011
Great Tires
These tires are awesome. Good traction all around in my opinion. I had these on my CBR 1000. I Do a lot of hard riding with friends and these tires stood up to the beatings I threw at them. I commute 52 miles one way to work every third day and these tires held up nice. I got 16,xxx plus m iles out of the rear and 21,xxx out of the front. just replaced the Raven's with the Shinko Advanced.... Hope these tires hold up and handle just as good.
September 25, 2010
My third set
These have never failed to stick once scuffed in. They do have a lot of mold release so be careful for the first few hundred miles, I am not exagerating. Also very good for street tire in gravel. Rear 8K miles, front about 11 to 12K

PROS: Good Cornering, Durable, Good Ride

July 24, 2013
Value found
Shinko is sort of an unknown manufacturer, unfamiliar to most riders due to their short history. Scoop is that they got into the business when Yokohama sold off their motorcycle tire line around Y2K. Shinko bought the big Y's formulas and treads and moved production to S. Korea, leading to their very competitive price vs. performance ratio. Basically, I consider Shinko to be a 2nd tier manufacturer, behind the latest & greatest from biggies like Dunlop, Pirelli/Metzler, Michelin, Avon & Conti, but leagues ahead of the 3rd tier offshore brands like ChengShin [aka "cheap sh!ts"], Kenda, Maxxis et al. Basically, the equivalent of one of the top tier manufacturers' older designs from 5 or more years ago, when Yokohama's latest formulas were the equal of any of the rest of the biggies...

The 009s have a dated tread pattern, but it works fine for my daily riding here in sunny So. Cal. and has a nice solid band down the middle for maximum tread life. No experience w/ riding on wet roads w/ these, but they're more confidence inspiring in damp conditions than the MEZ4s that came as OEM fitment on my '99 SV650, and have exhibited superior wear properties for their low price: I'm currently running at about 5k out of the one that's on there, & I have been very negligent of maintaining correct pressure [my rear tire valve has recently been replaced. I expect a greater lifespan on the 009 replacement I just bought.] [PLEASE NOTE: I can only speak for rear tire fitment, as I won't use a front tire w/ a circumferential groove due to the tracking of the rain grooves in So. Cal. freeways inherent to that tread design for front tires.]

PROS: Great Price Point, Reasonable life, good performer

CONS: Dated tread pattern

September 3, 2010
Good tire .. exceptional price.
Unfortunately I had to buy these at a motorcycle shop (flat)... crooks charged me $280 for the pair. $$$
July 19, 2011
best bang for your buck
Cycle Gear has a tire for all your basic riding experiences, not to mention on the track as well. That being said all though this tire isn't the most expensive or best suited for track preformance it is a great inexpensive tire for quick repairs. It has a decent tire life for daily use (I exclusively ride motorcycles for commuting and for work) and doesn't look half bad either. No problems what so ever and plan on getting a second spare just in case.

PROS: Good Ride, Good Cornering, Easy To Install

CONS: Wears Easily

BEST USES: Replacement, Emergencies, Street Riding
January 19, 2014
I have just returned from Sturgis and put over 3,000 miles on the pair and there is only light visable wear on the tread. I ride a Bandit 1250 which has eaten up Michelins and Dunlops within 4,500 to 5,000 miles. I expect to easily get 8,000 to 10,000 out of these. Also due to the front tread pattern I do not see any possibility of cupping that was common with softer Michelins. Remember that they do not grip as well as more expensive tires until they warm up a bit, then they are fine. These are a bargain tire. Don't be afraid to try them!

PROS: Smooth running, Long Lasting

CONS: Need to warm up a bit

BEST USES: Commuting, Sport Touring
August 8, 2011
Great tire for low price
You can't go wrong this these tires

PROS: Good Ride, Durable

February 14, 2013
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