Kenda K784 Big Block Tires

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by The Griz, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    I read that thread. I like the width myself. That's my opinion.

    Stiffness does not worry me after I installed a set of K60's!:lol3

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    One nice thing I noticed after looking at this pic is how similar the size of the large center lugs are between the TKC80 on the left and the Kenda Big Block on the right. Equally nice is how equal the width between the lugs are between the two tires, especially down the center.
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  2. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Mounted a set on my Big Ugly GS Adventure rims today. (Not on the bike yet. Not balanced yet. Work intrudes.) Dang good looking tires. Wear? I'm not expecting a lot of miles out of them but I doubt if they can get much less than the TKC's do in Texas. I'm hopeful they'll do a little better.
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  3. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    As far as that center lug goes, it's got a deep rain groove. Seems like a good idea. Will it work? Who knows. And it was really more like two people trying to mount the tire with spoons. Two really big strong young people, but it whupped them. :rofl I was more of the "voyeur in a camp chair". The hydraulic tire machine got it on with two guys working pretty hard to help. They said it was like mounting a Goldwing tire. ;)
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  4. The Griz

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    Some more badass pics of the most badass dual sport tires I've seen yet:

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  5. GapRunr

    GapRunr Been here awhile

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    There are quite a few other pictures in the other Big Block Kenda thread located at http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=643297 .

    There are pics of the tires on a bike, and some pics of the tires just on the wheels as seen from top and side. They are a good looking tire, I must admit.
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  6. Motorfiets

    Motorfiets Long timer

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    These tires look nice but I'm a bit concerned about the stiffness. Sounds like it'll be a pain in the ass with just tire levers. Kinda off topic but what's the best dual sport tire for mounting on the go in the middle of no where...? :ear something with lighter sidewalls maybe...
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  7. The Griz

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    TKC's are easy peasy to remove and mount in the field. However, any tire is doable in the field with some WD-40. I'm not too concerned about stiffness. Hell, I'm running Heidenau K60's right now, and these Big Blocks can't be any stiffer than them!
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  8. JG55

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    Anyone know what kind of mileage they will be good for.
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  9. The Griz

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    That's the question of the day at the moment! No one knows as of yet. There have been some inmates who have bought them, but have not yet put enough miles on them to report back yet. It'll take some time.

    I on the other hand, will more than likely be swooping up a set of these in the Spring. They can't be any worse in the mileage dept than a TKC80. And if so, then sweet, the Big Blocks are basically a cheaper TKC80 that gets the same or better mileage.:deal
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  10. Y E T I

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    Has anyone actually mounted these on an F800GS?? I have concerns about the width.
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  11. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    I was assured yesterday they would offer the rear in a 140.:clap
    I have a set unofficially ordered. I will be sure to post a picture or three.
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  12. MonsterJ

    MonsterJ I have motopsychosis

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    I've gotta 150 enroute. I'll post up pics too...
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  13. The Griz

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    Good stuff guys! Can't wait to see the results!:clap
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  14. JG55

    JG55 Almost Normal

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    Trail Tricks has the 150/70/17 in stock, I looked at it and it seemed very stiff? I should have compared them to the Mefo's. Any info on what kind of mileage one will get out of them?
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  15. The Griz

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    Reference post #29.

    More time needs to pass before people will be able to post accurate results on mileage. Far too early in the game to tell.
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  16. MonsterJ

    MonsterJ I have motopsychosis

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    So I got my Big Block rear in... and holy crap.. you guys aren't kidding this thing has a rock hard carcass. It's like a run-flat car tire. I can put all my weight on it and it barely deforms. I was able to snap a pics of the Big Block, the TKC 150 mounted on the wife's F8GS and the K60 140 on the rear of mine. The TKC has about 3,500 miles on it and my K60 is sporting over 8,500. Both are pretty square.

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    It's hard to tell from this picture but the BB is about 3/8" wider than the TKC, though the BB is unmounted. I'm curious to see what the measurement it once it's mounted. There shouldn't be any clearance issues with the BB.

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    Tread depth at the center of the BB is .4425" and I'll do my best to document it every 500 miles or so and I'll post up the results. I'm really curious to see if the tire carcass breaks in and becomes more pliable or if will continue to stay rock hard. Tire flex generates heat which also accelerates tire wear but a balance must be struck to have decent traction. Only time will tell.
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  17. BMW_BIKER_KEITH

    BMW_BIKER_KEITH Been here awhile

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    Nice work MonsterJ.

    Thanks for the updates. That BB looks really interesting if it can outlast a TKC80. Interested to know if it's a bitch to mount...
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  18. mlyamkaw

    mlyamkaw Drill Baby Drill

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    It is, I just put them on today. Got the tire hot, lots of lube, and levered it on. Needed a couple of clamps to keep the bead down in the center of the opposite side, and wifey helping with a 3rd lever, but success!
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  19. JG55

    JG55 Almost Normal

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    Tomorrow Trail Tricks will be mounting a pair of Kenda Big Blocks on my scoot. Should open up access to a lot more trails. Very good price for the pair mounted and balanced.
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  20. Y E T I

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    Please put up a couple of pictures of them mounted on the bike. I assume you got a 150 for the rear? :ear
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