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Shinko Verge on front feels like I'm riding on marbles????
« on: March 24, 2017, 08:34:14 pm »
I went with the Shinko verge on both front and back. The good news... it corners GREAT!!! the bad... going straight the front feels like I'm riding on gravel, it's all over the place. I took it to the shop that put it on, the mechanic road it and said "how the hell do you ride this bike,it was all over the place". It is down right dangerous at 70mph and up.

Anybody had this happen?
is it a bad tire?
is it because it's a radial?
Is it just the wrong tire for this bike ( 1995 C10)



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Re: Shinko Verge on front feels like I'm riding on marbles????
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2017, 08:51:53 pm »
Others who know more will be along soon but this  bike sometimes does a thing called the "ball bearing dance."It's terribly unsettling. The C-14 doesn't do it. You can probably search and find it. I searched for that phrase "ball bearing dance" and got 11 threads. Start there.

The C-10 was designed to run radials, so that's probably not it. My C-10 would get squirrely if the back shock air fell way down low. I always ran it about 40# as I recall and had the rebound stick (or whatever you call that on the right side under the side cover pulled out to position #4. Check your tire air pressures, especially the back. This bike seems particularly sensitive to things being out of adjustment in the back, but that it feel like the problem is in the front.

Welcome BTW Eric. Where are you located? There are COGgers all around and there's an RTE/Wrench session tomorrow in Mooresville NC. If you're close, take the bike and get some expert opinion. Well, SOME opinions.....  ;D
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Re: Shinko Verge on front feels like I'm riding on marbles????
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2017, 10:04:32 am »
Ron is right there is a list of things it can be. When I had that experience it ended up being a broken lower motor mount bolt.
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UPDATE
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2017, 02:43:45 pm »
UPDATE: I just tried the shinko verge on the front and back... had the ball bearing dance on the front. Sent a picture of the tire to Revzilla literally within 10 min I had a full credit for the tire. Bad tire? known issues? don't know but I bought the pr4 front and kept the Verge on the back  put it on yesterday it stopped the ball bearing dance!!! I couldn't be happier with the combination. the verge seems to have awesome grip felt like a new bike...

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Re: Shinko Verge on front feels like I'm riding on marbles????
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2017, 03:59:03 pm »
Cool.Sounds like Shinko was just "waiting on it." Glad you're happy and safe. :beerchug:
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Re: Shinko Verge on front feels like I'm riding on marbles????
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2017, 02:13:00 am »
 I, and others , have had a similar experience with Avon 3D X-M, but sounds like quite a bit less severe. I stuck it out, and it got better after a while. May have to do with tires that are very responsive.

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Update #2 Shinko Verge on front feels like I'm riding on marbles????
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2017, 05:48:51 pm »
update #2 I spoke to soon, I almost went down due to the front end wobbling out of control... it was on the interstate at higher speed not much traffic, so I guess something is wrong with the bike or the tire combination is not a good one ( pr4 on front and shinko verge on the back) slow speeds no problem.

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Re: Update #2 Shinko Verge on front feels like I'm riding on marbles????
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2017, 03:10:21 pm »
update #2 I spoke to soon, I almost went down due to the front end wobbling out of control... it was on the interstate at higher speed not much traffic, so I guess something is wrong with the bike or the tire combination is not a good one ( pr4 on front and shinko verge on the back) slow speeds no problem.

That is scary, it is the Verge on the back. I have been running the Pilot Road series on the front for a few years and it is always stable. The second I put the Verge 011 on the back, I have dangerous handling characteristics.
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Re: Shinko Verge on front feels like I'm riding on marbles????
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2017, 06:42:23 pm »
I think a huge part of the story in these situations is the fact that the C-10 is a heavy bike. I would be willing to bet that
there are many tires out there that are designed for much lighter weight sport bikes. If a tire is rated for 450 lbs and you
put 600 lbs on it that has to affect handling. I had the same issue years ago with the Avon radials. I didn't get 20 miles
from the stealership before turning around and taking it back and demanding they remove them and put the stock tires
back on. Also taller tires are going to naturally have taller sidewalls. Taller sidewalls are not as stiff as shorter ones.
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Re: Shinko Verge on front feels like I'm riding on marbles????
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2017, 09:07:41 pm »
I put a set of Shinko 230 Tour Master's on in June.  Handling is very good, as is grip.  Have not ridden in the wet yet.  For the price, it was worth the experiment and so far, so good.

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Re: Shinko Verge on front feels like I'm riding on marbles????
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2017, 09:31:17 pm »
Somewhere on the Forum there is another discussion about problems with the Shinko Tires on the C-10.
I'm not sure it was the Verge?

The consensus seemed to be that the sidewalls were not supportive e'nuff.

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Re: Shinko Verge on front feels like I'm riding on marbles????
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2017, 11:39:22 am »
Somewhere on the Forum there is another discussion about problems with the Shinko Tires on the C-10.
I'm not sure it was the Verge?

The consensus seemed to be that the sidewalls were not supportive e'nuff.

Ride safe, Ted

Oh yeah, too soft. I put maybe 500-600 miles on that tire new, then swapped back to the SR777.
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Re: Shinko Verge on front feels like I'm riding on marbles????
« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2017, 10:59:15 pm »
All this talk about weight has little to do with the subject of this thread...

I ran a couple of 011 Verge tires in the 120/70ZR18 size on the front of my '03 and didn't experience anything like the OP stated...they are Load Index 59...which is 536 lbs...and, which should be sufficient for the C-10...

It looks like the rear 011 Verge is more questionable...Load Index 71...761 lbs...and, considering the flexing of a radial sidewall...not so sure about this tire...

Maybe a bad batch of tires...some of them, anyway...that would explain the quick refund for a complaint...?

Interesting...I just looked at Partzilla.com...OEM tires are the same Load Index...59 and 71...

Hmmm...?

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Re: Shinko Verge on front feels like I'm riding on marbles????
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2017, 10:19:32 am »
two tires and issue remains, I would start looking at wheel bearings forks headstock ect also what tire pressure you running I have no idea what to say but 2 tires seems that I would start looking else where?
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Re: Shinko Verge on front feels like I'm riding on marbles????
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2017, 05:12:20 pm »
two tires and issue remains, I would start looking at wheel bearings forks headstock ect also what tire pressure you running I have no idea what to say but 2 tires seems that I would start looking else where?

My problems started when I put on the Verge 011, and ended when I went back to the SR777. SR777 is almost worn out now, and I have another ready to go on. Apparently I should send the lightly used Verge 011 in to see if they will give me anything?
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Re: Shinko Verge on front feels like I'm riding on marbles????
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2017, 09:42:00 pm »
I just got 10k out of my PR3 and it rode hard and finally chopped badly but ever thing else was fine until 9k. It still has about 1.5 32s. I bought a Tire, replace front SHINKO VERGE 120/70ZR-18 (4/32)    from AMT    http://www.americanmototire.com/catalog/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=730&products_id=5100 for 77.15 delivered in 48 hours. Easy people to do business with and good prices.
It rides much smoother with a faster turn in and doesn't track the groves. Seems good now, we'll see.

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Re: Shinko Verge on front feels like I'm riding on marbles????
« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2017, 09:57:09 pm »
I had a bad experience with wobble or marbles with Avon 3D X-M. Two fronts, 120 and a 110 both cause wobble along with a rear. The next two 110 ft and 150 rear were fine but didn't last long for me. My brother had no problems and still rolling at 10k. My opinion is to change one tire at a time and ride it for 50 miles, then put the other tire on. I've had worse problems with other tires. Wish I had the guts to go to the darkside. http://lifeisaroad.com/stories/2004/10/27/theDarkSide.html