Shinko Evo SR877 Motorcycle Tyre Review (UPDATED!)

Shinko Evo SR877

I have been riding my Lagenda 115ZR for about a month with Shinko Evo SR877 and the results is great.

In one sentence I can say; Shinko SR877 makes me drive faster because it grips and make stopping better.

This tyre has made me ride better since the tyre is grippy and this helps greatly in accelerating and stopping. There is one situation that I have encounter while I was riding my bike near the traffic light road that proven the grip of this tyre. A bus have stopped abruptly in front of me while I was following it closely to overtake it, at that time the space on the right can’t be used since there is a car there so, what I can do is to brake as hard as I can and hope the bike will stop. And yes, the bike stops well without any skidding and the danger is aborted. I think this is due to the medium-soft compound used for this Shinko Evo SR877. With that in mind, I don’t mean for you to do this while using Shinko tyre or any tyre that matter since that is the situation is not planned. Drive safely and always wear the helmet! 

Before installing this tyre, I have sent my bike to get the tyre changed to Shinko SR877, but the mechanic there inflate the tyre way above the recommended pressure that is 330kPa for the front tyre and 360kPa for the rear. What really dangerous by having to much tyre pressure is that  you will lose grip from the tyre especially on the wet road condition since overinflated tyre have very little tyre contact to the road. I have checked the manual instruction from the manual book that comes with the bike to check the proper pressure and found that it only need 200kPa for the front and 225kPa for the rear.

Lagenda 115ZR Recommended Tyre Pressure

Anyway, after further riding with this tyre, I found out the best tyre pressure for the front is 220kPa and 230kPa for the rear. What I can feel with this tyre pressure is that it give a good balance for straight line acceleration and great cornering confidence. The feedback for the tyre are great and very controllable, added with superb handling of Yamaha Lagenda 115ZR, I personally this is the most balanced combination. Great for grip and great for durability. This is based on my preference of riding so, you can have difference opinion about this tyre pressure.

At the fuel stop after test riding the Shinko Evo SR877

Braking

Since the tyre is using medium soft compound, the braking is great. I can stop faster and can apply harder brakes without skidding. Anyway, every tyre has it limit, so, don’t try to brake very hard on this tyre over its limit.

Speed and stability

I have been riding with this tyre for medium distance riding (110km) and the tyre really works well. The top speed of my bike is only at 105km/h and on that speed, the stability of the tyre are great. It maintains the straight line perfectly with minimal vibration (this can also be contributed from the correct tyre pressure as overinflated tyre will feel very bumpy). If motorcycle wheel are like car wheel, that can be balanced using a machine (balancing), I think it would be a much smoother ride on high speed. Cub prix bikes like the one by SCK Motor uses balancing to get better rolling balance of the wheels.

Handling and cornering

Yamaha Lagenda 115ZR in my opinion is already a superb handling bike. So, by using this Shinko Evo SR877 tyre, the difference is minimal. The cornering are still great and the handling are still confidence as ever. The problem is I’m afraid I just might got to be overconfident.

Beautiful tread pattern and rare since Shinko is not easy to find

I’m not a professional rider that have the authority to tell whether this tyre is recommended for you or not. I’m just a biker that I think like most of MM readers. A biker that uses bike everyday to go to work or class, not a racer, but care for their ride. So, in my humble opinion this tyre by Shinko with the model name of Evo SR877 are as good as what I required.

This review are made based on my knowledge about tyres and bikes, so, if my opinion differs that you all, I hope that can be taken as a compromise. If you have anything to add or ask, just comment it on the comment from below.

Happy riding!

To buy this tyre online, you can contact Yoshi Marketing here: [email protected]

UPDATE (16/05/2011): Yoshi Marketing is giving away a set of tyre in the size of 70/90-17 and 80/90-17 in our MotoMalaya FB Fan Page. Check it out!

For more information, read my previous post about Shinko Evo SR877 here:
1. Preview: Shinko EVO SR877 70/90-17 and 80/90-17 Motorcycle Tyre
2. Shinko Evo SR877 Tyre on Yamaha Lagenda 115ZR Random Pictures

4 Replies to “Shinko Evo SR877 Motorcycle Tyre Review (UPDATED!)”

  1. Am already having this tyre on my 2011 Yamaha LC135ES. Sizes are 80/80-17 front and 100/80-17 rear. Recommended by Mr. Chua at Ah Hong Motor. Please see Mr. Chua (Kok Sing) for great Shinko tyre deals. Tell him Crazy Wahid sent you.

    I apologize for my worded (read: long-winded) review below, but when people say “it’s grippy” I’ll always ask in return “what exactly do you mean by grippy?”

    First of all, let me say that I’ve been very, very used to the venerable Dunlop TT900 for many, many years. So I had initial doubts when mounting these “Korean tyres” called “Sheen-Koh.”

    Having ridden a month on them, I’ve tested them by riding to Genting Highlands via Ulu Yam and Bentong, also via the Karak Highway (at least 5 times already), plus twice through Kuala Kelawang.

    In the dry, the amount of feedback while leaned over isn’t too much nor too little. Too much will overwhelm your senses, making you think you’re too fast into the corner, while too litlle gives you no confidence in whether the tyres are gripping. Both extremes will trigger your fear responses and making you close the throttle and losing midcorner speed, and ultimately hurt the drive out of the corner. Most riders compensate by downshifting hard and using the engine as a brake, in order to feel the tyres bite.

    Also, do understand that when fully leaned over, the job of absorbing mid-corner bumps has to be handled by the tyres and chassis. This is where these tyres really excel. Road ripples and bumps are just rolled over without altering the cornering line. Only thing that’s robbing a bit of that confidence is the lack of compression and rebound damping on both ends of the LC (the rear bobs up and down after a bump. Sheesh!). Heavier springs/fork oil and a good rear shock (switching to YSS soon) will definitely sort it out. The TT900 on the other hand, while able to handle mid corner ripples, do kick the tyres off the ground sometimes.

    The other thing is stability when flicking the bike over quickly. There’s a certain sureness that the front won’t wash out under you. Especially helpful when you’re tackling those decreasing radius turns. Once you’ve chosen your line, it just stays there, but will change lines the moment you instruct it to. No hesitation. However, the Shinkos do feel heavy for low speed turns, while just nice for medium- to high-speed ones. That’s because of the rounded profile.

    The transition from fully leaned over on one side to the other (meaning changing directions) is also very commendable, needing just modest amounts of countersteering. The TT900’s on the other hand, need a hard shove and big shift of bodyweight to change direction.

    But the one thing that amazes me the most is the way the Shinkos handle damp roads. I mean damp, not fully wet with standing water. I’ve taken a few corners at 110-120km/h in the dry, but I found i could still blast through them at 90-100km/h! On fully wet roads, under pouring rain, I could still tackle these same corners at 70-80km/h, but with the throttle constantly and smoothly rolled open. (Chop the throttle and you’d go down – NOW!) They do slide around (front and rear), I won’t lie to you, but with a relaxed body and good throttle control, those slides are FUN! They offer great feedback before sliding, so the confidence to ride fast in the rain is a bonus. However, the TT900s don’t slide around on standing water at all, honestly.

    On the subject of braking, the Shinkos don’t stand the bike up if you braked in mid-corner. It’ll definitely handle trail braking but again the soft front suspension of the LC lets it down. This is a plus point for daily city riding, cos there are instances where braking while cornering is needed to avoid obstacles. They perform so good under extreme braking that the forks actually flex inwards and outwards, making the front hop, without the tyres locking up. I’ve yet to lock up these Shinkos under braking…

    Durability is subjective and relative, really. Anyhow, I’ve worn the rear down to 1mm to the wear indicators. Credit that to the heavy rear end of the LC135ES, my weight (80kg) plus high cornering speeds.

    The TT900 is still good but getting a bit old-school when it comes to the new generation of Kapcais. Plus, the quality is inconsistent.

    The Shinko SR877 on the other hand are superb tyres. Great looking and quality to boot. Go for it.

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