Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Rocky Mountains
My two cents ...
Kind of late to this thread, but thought I could add a bit.
Like the OP, I have experience with the 705s on my GS . have not used the touring tire, but the brand in general is pretty consistent across models. Well made tires, but a bit heavy, difficult to balance, and lower mileage life compared to major brands. They also require a bit more air to prevent cupping and heat related shredding. Not sure it would happen to the tours, but many who run 705s at lower pressure have had sudden delamination with long rides on hot slab. Easily prevented with proper inflation, in my experience. The newer tires seem to be far better than those from prior years.
Given the price difference, and with some attention, I felt the Shinko was a good choice. I will try the tours when the time comes.
2013 Cross Country Tour