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exile730 12-08-2012 06:15 AM

the shinko shuffle - exile730 and rodmuzzwa on scarp road, WA
at last .... new tyres on 'TREK', my trusty GS ADV

rodmuzzwa is the rubber meister and steered me in the direction of Shinko 705s - my initial view is that these are great value boots and I am very pleased with them

we bolted for Scarp Road and some twisty bits on the way

a quick 6 kms of compact red gravel and it was smiles all round from this fat bloke - Shinkos seem good to me!

great off road safety kit from me - not

this place is a local legend - often the fangers choice but always a need to look out for the boys in blue and the dreaded WA hopping hazards .... bloody roos

dwellingup hotham railway shot after some grassy trail riding

great quick ride with rodmuzzwa - the new Shinkos are looking good and I am happy to finally have some grip again.

Thanks to Rod for his great rubber research and I will keep you all posted on the longer term story with these $325 specials. I think they are all good for my riding style.

rodmuzwa 12-11-2012 03:58 AM

Great ride as always. The Shinkos held up well and were much better on the gravel than my old TWs. Still, I need lessons and advice on how to corner on the slippery stuff without killing myself or anyone else. Always feel like the front wheel is going to continue going straight when I turn in. Anyway, I am a bit faster than I was and was much more prepared for the gravel wiggle.

Now onto Brian, the Gravel Speedmeister. He was off. I lost sight of him almost immediately and only caught up when he stopped. A new pair of boots and he thinks he is Barry Sheen (olden day British bike racer and general all round playboy for all you youngsters). Fair play to him, his confidence on gravel must have soared when trying out some tyres with tread left on them and his superior ability left me in his dust. There is something about gravel that makes me want to do it again and again although when I get on it I am scared shitless!

Anyway, and amazing ride again. Love riding in Western Australia and love my Wee:

The Shinko twins overlooking Pinjarra and the Peel Estuary:

The Gravelmaster himself on his newly shod GSA:

View over Alcoa plant and out towards the Indian Ocean from North Spur Road:

Me and my Wee, and Brian's GSpot at the end of Scarp Road, very relieved to have survived it again! Beneath that cool exterior lies a crumbling wreck:

oldmanb777 12-11-2012 04:38 PM

Nice pix. I like the Shinko's on my Wee. But as they get worn out, keep a watch for seperation, they will chink a knob. I have never seen one fail, but lot written about them. I ride with a guy on an 1100 GS and he likes them too. I don't get a long life out of them. at best about 4500 miles out of the rear.

rodmuzwa 12-12-2012 05:11 AM

Will certainly keep an eye on the new boots. Hoping for a bit more than 6000 kms out of them but to be honest even at that they are still pretty good value. Tyres are expensive down under!

AdventureDuck 12-12-2012 11:44 AM

I put 22,000 kms on one front and 2 rear 705's they performed quite well. Will be using them from now on.

oldmanb777 12-13-2012 06:37 PM

We are both running and likeing the Shinko's

rodmuzwa 12-14-2012 03:34 AM


Originally Posted by oldmanb777 (Post 20244363)
We are both running and likeing the Shinko's

The Shinkos look great on the Strom too!

rodmuzwa 12-14-2012 04:40 AM

The Shinko Shuffle resumes tomorrow. 7.30 meet up for a quick coffee then off to find some south west twisties and hopefully a little bit of that scary gravel stuff thrown in for good measure. We might even be graced with the presence of Dave on his orange Tiger. Can't wait. Bring it on!

rodmuzwa 12-14-2012 09:16 PM

Shuffle part 2 complete. A 7.30 meet for coffee the up North Spur to a different section of the gravel Scarp Road. A new experience today- travelling downhill on gravel approaching a corner. Thanks to some excellent videos on YouTube I was ready for it. Back brake only and very gingerly, keep the revs up and control the speed with the clutch. I am legend. Pretty much kept up with Brian today which was nice. A couple of curious kangaroos watched us go past but I didn't see them. It would have been disastrous had any of them jumped out in front of any of us.
A blast up the South West Hwy then over to Rockingham for a wee look round the Suzi and Kwaka dealers then home in time for lunch and some home made sausage rolls, made by myself I hasten to add!
The Shinkos are so far outstanding. My Wee certainly handles better with them and as I've said before they really do look great.
A great morning and learning more every time I ride. Love it!

rodmuzwa 01-07-2013 02:46 AM

Shuffle parts 3 and 4 complete. Part 3 was an interesting affair. Brian had recently bought a DR650 and was keen to put it through its paces. Dave joined us on his cracking 2009 Tiger 1050 and I was as usual on my Wee and the only one on Shinkos.
We headed out to North Dandalup Dam with me leading the pack. After turning off SW Highway it's a relatively short twisty stretch up to the dam itself. Dave was behind me with Brian taking up the vanguard position. I noticed Dave was hanging back a bit which is unusual for him. Only when we got to the dam did I discover why. Apparently as I went round one of the bends my back wheel went over a "honky nut" of which there were many on the road. Now for those who don't know, a honky nut is a seed pod type thing a bit like a conker or acorn, and dropped on the roads in significant numbers by some nearby trees! Anyway, as I went over this particular nut it shot out from under the wheel like a bullet only just missing Dave's helmet. Made him a little uncomfortable!
Anyway, after a few Kodak moments at the dam we headed off on to the gravel tracks in the woods. Our intention was to follow the track up to Serpentine dam but we soon found out it was blocked off with no entry to the public. So we amended our plans and decided to ride as far as we could with no idea where we were going. Brian and I swapped bikes so I could try our the DR. Just as we were about to leave I heard an almighty crash behind me. I looked around to see my beloved Wee lying on the ground and Brian looking very perplexed and stunned! Turns out as we were just about to move his foot got caught under the bike and he completely lost his balance. The bike just went over but luckily he managed to get clear before it fell on top of him. The Wee was fine. My crash bars did what they were supposed to do and her only injury was a broken front indicator. Brian however must have torn a muscle as he fought to keep the bike up. His arm changed colour very quickly and the bruising pretty much went from his shoulder to his wrist. Looked very painful. Brian was gutted, I think more because he had dropped the Strom. We cracked on regardless encountering several closed barriers but we worked our way round them, finally coming to a slight clearing in the woods and another closed barrier. By this point we had covered quite a lot of ground and none of us had much of a clue as to where we were. We dismounted to have a look at the possibility of maneuvering round the barrier. The right hand side of the obstacle was pretty much impossible due to large rocks etc obviously placed there to prevent people like us from passing. On the left however there was a gap of about 2 feet between the closed gate and a ditch. Still having no idea where we were we hatched a plan to get us round with 2 of us standing on the edge of the ditch to guide and support the other as he rode through the narrow gap. Then we heard the noise of a truck engine. On investigation we saw that just round a slight bend we were only about 20 meters from Del Park Rd, a road we all know very well! Result. So it was back on the nice grippy black stuff for a quick blast up to Dwellingup and our usual pit stop at the Blue Wren Cafe. During our coffee, and can I say the best steak pie I have ever tasted, Dave and Brian discussed the dropped Wee and the resulting injury to Brian's arm. There was a fair bit of touching and feeling each others arms. Too much man on man skin contact for me so I just got my head down and ate the pie while they fondled and caressed each others biceps! Sad as we were to leave the Dave and Brian love-in time got the better of us and we headed back down the hill towards home. A great ride as always and great chat from the lads. Brian still pissed about dropping the Wee but it was just one of those things. Not his fault at all and just a bit of bad luck. The good news is his arm is healing nicely and he reckons he now has a great looking bicep in that arm. I reckon it was all the massage from Dave that did it!

rodmuzwa 01-07-2013 03:05 AM

North Dandalup Dam lookout
<a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="ND Dam lookout"/></a>

rodmuzwa 01-07-2013 03:12 AM

Dave and Brian enjoying the splendid view!
<a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Brian and Dave enjoying the wiew"/></a>

rodmuzwa 01-07-2013 03:13 AM

Wee and Tigger
<a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Wee and Tigger in the bush"/></a>

rodmuzwa 01-07-2013 03:14 AM

Wee and Tigger and the Big Yellow Thumper!
<a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="The three machines"/></a>

rodmuzwa 01-07-2013 03:15 AM

One of many barriers we overcame!
<a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="One of several barriers we faced"/></a>

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