Originally Posted by manfromthestix
I've been running Shinko tires on my GS the past two sets and have really liked them for gravel roads and they work fine on pavement too, no issues in the rain. They're about 1/2 the cost of Tourances, grip great under all conditions, and last almost as long for me. The tread blocks are bigger with wider gaps and the rubber is significantly softer that the Metzelers so they grip better when it's cold. The Tourances seemed to get hard as steel when it was cold and lose some grip.
I agree, I ran one set of Shinkos and had none of the cracking. Changed to a Tourance on the rear and really feel a difference in traction, wet, dry, dirt. Less miles but that won't matter as much if you low side.