Kenda's new Big Block Tires

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by bigdave-gs, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. Martincito

    Martincito Adventurer

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    I have two set of wheels one with street tires and other with knobby tires.
    Currently I have TKC's.
    Do you guys think that Kendas, Karoo or are better for dirt only?
    If you have to choose a tire just for off road independently of price and mileage which one would be?
  2. FlyingFinn

    FlyingFinn Long timer

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    Mitas E09 Dakar.

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  3. Martincito

    Martincito Adventurer

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    Front and rear?
    In the thread about Mitas some people were complaining about the front one, but everybody agree on how good is the rear one.
  4. Buzztail

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    From what I understand this cuts into tire life

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    Mine came in today along with a new TMII for the 450:deal


    While the knobs are not as tall as I origionally thought, the'll hook better than the Anakees on the GS now:nod
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    BTW all three tires were $246.64 from Chaparral
  5. fudgypup

    fudgypup Banned

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    that was me but I just got back from doing some REAL riding out in Saline Valley and had no trouble w/the front Mitas E09. I did about 130 miles of some serious desert conditions: LOTS of rocks, washouts, sand washes, silt beds. I was worried the rubber was too hard (up front) but it performed fine. Don't forget that it's an 80/20 tire that wears a lot longer than the TKC 80 or Kenda BB. Conversely, it WONT grip the road like the former, so just know that.

    Off road they're awesome.

    I did the Jimmy Lewis Offroad school the weekend before and noticed he's running BB's.

    I'll try the BB after my Mitas wear out.
  6. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Riders,
    I used to think the Kenda BigBoy was the answer....and it still might be over the TKC.... (love those R80 G/S's)


    My Dual sport ride these days is a 690 KTM...I am in love with Motoz Desert Tractionator Desert as a "happy medium"...especially on rear tire...they are now DOT approved...and pretty aggressive. Knob depth is superior to TKC and Kenda BB....

    Just sayin' ....


    One link to Motoz Tractionator Desert:

    http://www.phatperformanceparts.com/Motoz_Tractionator_Desert_H_T_Tires_p/motoz-desert-ht.htm

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    I have about 4000 km on rear.....1/2 in Baja ....1/2 in mixed terrain in BC


    Oh....and pics of my ol' 1981 R80 G/S: (sold to get 690)

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    And all the G/S ever wore was MT 21's :huh :clap:clap :lol3:lol3
  7. regnock

    regnock Been here awhile

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    I put on a fresh set of Kenda BBs on my 1200GSA for my 4600 mile Trans-Labrador - Newfoundland trip. The tires performed great for trip. Heres what they looked like after I returned from the trip, I probably could have gotten 5k out of them.

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  8. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    You could have, but judging by the photo, these things stopped being knobbly a long time ago. So I guess the question should be: what is there useful live?
  9. SkiFly01

    SkiFly01 Govna Racepipe

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    Well I just changed the tires on the GS, took the big blocks off at a little over 8,300 miles, mix of city/highway/dirt and I actually just cut the rear tire off to see the thickness and it was a hell of a lot easiler than trying to wrangle if off the wheel. Traveled a lot of highway 80mph miles on these and if you people are worried about blowing them up let me reassure you these things are nasty thick.

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  10. Benjava

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    Nice work, that's possibly the best post in this thread :deal
  11. lucky_strike

    lucky_strike whose flux?

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    gotta bring this back up. now that tire has been used for some time. whats every ones thoughts
  12. Buzztail

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    Lucky,
    Mine are still sitting in the garage.... I suck:lol3
  13. Jud

    Jud Long timer

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    I'll use the front but I'll use a Shinko 705 rear. The rears just don't last long enough for me. Cheaper than TKCs and last roughly as long in my book.
  14. vnsfxr

    vnsfxr BornAgainDirtyRider

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    I like mine on hard pack. No deep mud yet and to new to know mileage yet.

    With the way it feels on pavement seems pretty close to 50/50 to me for my DR650.
  15. ktmnate

    ktmnate Long timer

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    I mounted the front last week. It now has just under 3k. I'm liking it. I tried it at 30 PSI and it sucked. I dropped the pressure to 25 and it was better than I expected. It handled pavement, sand, rain, fast paced gravel a little mud and even snow. It wasn't great in the sand and snow but what is? I will buy it again!



    Nate

    PS - its has a much stiffer sidewall than the TKC and will handle lower tire pressure.
  16. TroyWolf

    TroyWolf Student in the art of less

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    I paid about $220 for both. (The 150/70 17 tires are always expensive compared to narrower versions.)

    Mounted last night, but have not even started the bike with them yet. I'll only get in a little pavement riding next week. Sometime in the next 4 weeks, I hope to ride some rugged AR forest roads including some mud. I'll come back here with a report. I don't claim to be much of an expert, so take my opinion for what it's worth.

    They look really nice on the bike. Just working with them, they feel soft so I'm not expecting them to last a long time. I am expecting them to grip the rocky trails relatively well.

    I was going to embed some photos, but Picasaweb is not giving me the link options right now. Here is a link to the album where you can see 3 photos of the Kenda Big Block tires on my F800.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/114961...igBlockTiresOnF800?authuser=0&feat=directlink
  17. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    I'm now 2,000 miles into my Big Block experiment and the rear tire is toast while the front looks only about one third worn. I'd read all of the other posts about short tread life before I decided to give them a go, and this is the lowest mileage I've ever gotten out of any rear tire. For comparison, I consistently get 12k miles from rear Tourances, 10k to 12k from rear Anakees, 6k to 7k from rear TKC-80s, and was over 12k on a rear Heidenau K60 when I pulled it with tread remaining.

    Also, today near the end of a 300 mile rain ride I happened to cross a 300 foot long steel grate bridge. I've crossed this bridge for years in all conditions with many different tires with nothing but a gentle weave from the bike. This is the first time I crossed with the BB's, and holy crap! :eek1 Started across at about 30 mph and I thought I was going down. The front tire just started dancing all over the open grating while those tread blocks tried to decide where they wanted to go, with accompanying handlebar movements. Hopefully the seat cover will return to normal in a couple of days from the butt pucker it received. TKCs and the K60s were downright solid on the same bridge compared to the BBs. Beware the grating!

    On the plus side, other than the first 150 miles or so after mounting while the BBs first settled in, I really liked them. Great in mud and gravel, stuck great in spirited twisty riding, no slips on wet asphalt, no slips on wet or dry tar strips (unlike K60s), noisy of course, but more like a whirring sound instead of a roar.

    I thought maybe in the future I'd keep running a BB front with a TKC rear, but after the bridge incident today I'm off of BBs.
  18. regnock

    regnock Been here awhile

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    I can back up jdub's experience with BBs and grated bridges. I had a few butt puckering experiences on the Trans-Labrador highway with them :)
  19. TroyWolf

    TroyWolf Student in the art of less

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    I completed 3 days in the Arkansas forest on my new Kenda Big Blocks. 460 miles total with about 100 of that pavement. The rest was very rocky and rough roads. The rear tire is probably 50% gone! Seriously. My F800GS ate that thing. However, it performed fantastic--I was very happy with how it handled. $70 for 3 days of riding is kind of expensive! Then again, I had a fantastic adventure, so I'm not made about it. I'll probably try something else next time though.

    The Kenda Big Block front tire performed well for me, but new on pavement it made the front end feel a little squirrely as those soft knobs danced around. I can live with that.
  20. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    My buddy's 800 ate the rear tire quick as well.
    My LC4 400 is not so hard on them :D