Kenda Big Block tires

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by ten_fiver, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. ten_fiver

    ten_fiver Long timer

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    Has anybody got their hands on the new Kenda Big Blocks for a 950/990A yet? Any reports?

    Also, I see some sizes are shipping, but I haven't been able to find a distributor for the KTM Adv sizing. Anybody know of an online retailer who will be selling them? Thanks in advance.
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  2. Head2Wind

    Head2Wind MotorcycleMayhem

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    Been trying to find the answer to this myself. I contacted KENDA directly and have not heard from them..... I wonder why? :D
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  3. ten_fiver

    ten_fiver Long timer

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    Keep in touch H2W. I have my fingers crossed for these tires. I'm hoping they end up being what TKCs should have been. Can't wait to hear what people think of them.
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    Head2Wind MotorcycleMayhem

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    will do.... :evil
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  5. mamacone

    mamacone Been here awhile

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    There is a post started in GSpot, in the oil head boxer section. Several guys using them but no verdict on how they hold up. Would be great to see a cheaper tire for the adventures.
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  6. ten_fiver

    ten_fiver Long timer

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    That thread is what prompted me to start this one. It sounds like the TKC lasts quite a bit longer on a GS than a KTM.....for some reason. :norton Curious to see how the Kenda holds up in comparison.
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  7. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    I just checked the Kenda USA web site, and I'd give those tires a whirl but for my ongoing infatuation with my Mefos.

    Still, I'm :ear.
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  8. ten_fiver

    ten_fiver Long timer

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    Hey Nailhead. If those have been working for you up around Glendo, I'm sure they would fit the bill down here too. Do you run the Explorers up front too? I haven't heard a lot of good about them, but I hear the rear is excellent.
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  9. Nailhead

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    Love 'em so far. Not quite as sharp on the street as Scorps, but on a gravel road any such disadvantages are instantly forgotten.
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  10. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    It looks like you can buy the Kenda 784's ( Big Block) on ebay.
    Front is $103 and the 150/18 rear is $134.
    Not really that low of a price but if they're durable and work better
    off road than the TKC's they could be a winner.

    Twist it, Max
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  11. viola-tor

    viola-tor Needs to ride!

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    I know Javier/TrailTricks is testing them on his SE, haven't heard the verdict...

    $134 isn't that much of a bargain IMO.

    :ear
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  12. mamacone

    mamacone Been here awhile

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    Pro Cycle has the 140/80/18 for $104 plus shipping.
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  13. 2degreesout

    2degreesout Been here awhile

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    The only 784's I can find on ebay are a 17" rear and 19" front??
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  14. trailtrick

    trailtrick goat trail rider

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    The tire is mounth on my se ready for some baja punishment next week and final test iff holds up 1500 miles o baja + wath i allready rode is a good tire for $100.
    1 think i want to make sure is Im not destroy the tire ,My only concern is the seam the i see in the inside o it .
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  15. codys

    codys Lost in the Vizcaino

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    Looking forward to your review when you get back . :deal 1500 miles of Baja should reveal any flaws pretty quick. :lol3
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  16. Stobie

    Stobie Mr. Motivated

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    The 19/17 tubeless TKC's that the GS uses are great; completely different from the 21/18 sized tubed TKC's, which suck. I really can't understand why people buy them. They're overpriced, under-performing, short-lived tires. The 19/17's are really so much better, it's amazing that they are manufactured by the same company.

    I'm curious about these Kendas, though. They look really good. I predict they will perform about like the Mefos, and last half as long.

    I'm running a Michelin T63 front with a Mefo rear on my SE, and can't imagine a better 50/50 set.
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  17. viola-tor

    viola-tor Needs to ride!

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    Really? Huh. Is this common knowledge I've missed somehow? Now that I have a set of 19/17 rims it's good to know what options are out there and how they perform. I was well aware of the TKC80s for the 19/17 but didn't know they were significantly different.

    Thanks for the tid-bit! :freaky

    Looking forward to some real-world feedback on these Kendas...
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  18. racer49

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    Stands to reason, tubless tire carcase would be stiffer. I have heard that the tube type TKC is really flimsy.
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    Stobie Mr. Motivated

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    I had a 2002 GS-Adv, and it came new with the tubeless TKC's. They were amazingly decent off-road, and on-road I drug my Jesse's. They tend to fall in, but you get used to it. I think they would make a great set of 50/50 touring tires for a 19/17 wheelset; but if you're going to run tubes, you may as well run the stock wheels with Mefos, Heidenaus, or T63 front and Mefo/Heidenau rear.
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  20. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    Last weekend I took a 2300km ride to Southern Ontario for the 2011 EOAR. The day before I left, I pulled off the Dunlop 606F/908R combination and put on a set of Big Blocks thinking they would be a better choice for the on-road portions (~1500km).

    Verdict?

    Front tire is fine. Rode OK on the highway and is pretty good in mud/gravel. Although I haven't tried any real high speed with it yet, I think I like it better than the Mefo Explorer I ran last summer.

    The rear however is a total write off. Worn down well below the wear bars. My riding partner left his 908 on and his hardly shows additional wear.
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