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    I had Ravens on my CBR600F4, the bike I had before the NCX. They were good tires, I just thought they didn't last all that long. I'd say I'm happier with the ContiMotions under the same usage pattern (though obviously not the same bike). Not a huge difference, but that's what I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MZ5 View Post
    I had Ravens on my CBR600F4, the bike I had before the NCX. They were good tires, I just thought they didn't last all that long. I'd say I'm happier with the ContiMotions under the same usage pattern (though obviously not the same bike). Not a huge difference, but that's what I think.
    I ran the Ravens on my old Bandit and came away with the same impression. They were fine, but they wore out quicker than the PR2 I had been running. The Cost/Mile ended up being more on the Shinkos, not even considering the extra hassle of swapping tires more often.

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    Shinko Raven

    I had two sets of bt023 and one set of pr4. The michelin much better than the bridgestones. Both in wet and dry roads. Thursday I got a new set of bt030. After 200 miles both under the rain and dry, very good impression. Comparable to the pr4.
    On duration, pr4 lasted longer than the bt023 (15500 miles against 18600, mostly on motorways).


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    Quote Originally Posted by xamagi View Post
    On duration, pr4 lasted longer than the bt023 (15500 miles against 18600, mostly on motorways).


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    Miles.


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    Shinko Raven wrap up!

    I finished off the Shinko Ravens with 7271 on the rear and 17615 miles on the front. This rear didn't last as long as the first Raven rear that I used (9212 miles) for whatever reason. It always held its air pressure and it balanced well. The rear was pretty squared off and near the TWIs.

    The front still had a way to go to the Tread Wear Indicators (.08") but it had cupped enough that I was annoyed by it. *see note below

    The first rear took me from Central California to the Black Hills and Vancouver BC and back. Then the second rear went to DC two up and back home through Michigan's UP. They are a long wearing, value priced interstate touring tire and the front's center groove worked well in four different days of heavy rain. Shimmied some in grooved concrete and a lot on metal grated bridges. They are slower handling side to side and have a harsher ride than the stock Metzlers. I would trust them again for a long tour as they worked well for interstate/freeway travel. For sportier riding and commuting I generally enjoy a tire with a rounder profile and a lighter feel.

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    At 15 months and over 24000 miles I am back to the Full Bore M-1 that I had pulled off last summer (with 2800 miles) and the stock Metzler on the front (previously used for 6871 miles). I am expecting that I can get them to February since it is too cold for much travel and I only commute 200 miles a week. I have a set of the Continentals waiting to go on and I imagine those lasting into summer. If they don't win me over then maybe the Michelins next?



    * note - I tipped my bike over in the garage and bent the handlebars. I replaced them with a 7/8 inch aluminum MX type bar that fit the bike nicely but I could not fit the stock bar end weights and inserts. The loss of the weights exposed the shimmy-headshake-bar wag, whatever you call it, of my bike. It increased the perception of the cupped front tire and convinced me to remove it sooner than I might have. The mirrors remained vibration free so I can assume this is Honda's version of a steering damper. Its absence has shown me that it was quite effective. I will install steel bars soon and re-insert the weights before the next tire change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddennis669 View Post
    I could use some perspective on your tire mileage. I stretched 5000 out of the stock Metzler and got a a solid 9000 from the Shinko Ravens. What did you get from the stock Metzlers versus the Michelins?

    (On my 250 Ninja over 76,000 miles I found the cheapest tire per mile was a somewhat expensive Metzler ME880 plus I didn't need to change it as often! That tire had some deep tread.)
    Metzlers are low on my list... I got 8K out of the stock tires that came on it and was....shocked.... I didn't think that was even possible...
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    I just put a Raven rear on my bike, I'm impressed with the tread depth, looks like a good rain tire to me. Still on the stock metz front, got 7k miles on the bike. Only reason I changed the back tire was a picked up a nail and rode to work on a nearly flat tire, it has about 50% tread left I'd say, front looks nearly new.

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    bringing back to life an old thread....

    anymore of you guys using this tire? am thinking of it due to the low price.

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    Raven front tire does last between 12,000 to 15,000 miles. It is the best wear I have gotten from a front tire on the NC7. Raven rear tire does last a little longer than the average rear tire, but not a great amount. I got 8,500 on the Raven rear tire. Had no issue in rain on the Raven tires.
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