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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by slowoldguy, Sep 7, 2014.
The Kenda Big Block was my favorite off-road tire for my GSA.
Nice to see love for the Kenda Big Block. Went thought lots of brands/types on my CB500x up until I sold it last year, and the Big Block was my favorite.
I did use 2 x 805 rears, fine, priced well.
Predictable and for me, attracted puncture flats
But that was bad luck. Would have no problem going back.
Can some tell me how these act in mud, grassland and wet road conditions? I read a lot good about them in dry conditons, but don't know if i trust the big knob on slippery wet stuff, seems like the water can't get away.
I bought a bike with 804/805 and got a new 805 with it. The bike's front seems to start floating above 160 kph, which i red that's something they all do? Someone can say this is correct?
I like them, but there are better choices if you ride in mud.....They do tend to slide around a bit. However, on wet roads I have never had a problem. Their on road manners are excellent, dry or wet. Regarding grassland, I have found anything works on dry grass and nothing works on wet grass.
Yeah, what he said.
Like the others said...better choices for mud. Honestly, I would say the 805 is absolutely horrible in mud. Likewise grass . Slightest of off camber when on mud, the tire kicks out - even if super smooth on the throttle. I never had issues on pavement, but I dont push it knowing I am not on a performance street tire. Dry dirt, gravel its ok. I went to GoldenTyre GT723 and loved them on and off pavement, good life to. But the only version available now is a softer compound that doesnt last that long. Currently, I am running MotoZ RallZ and love them. Great life, fantastic off pavement, no issues on pavement. They are very loud however.
What would be good for street longevity and occasional gravel, big block pattern,100/90/19 and 130/80/17? 250cc twin. I’m running Kenda big blocks now, but got shit for mileage on them.
And same front size with a 140/80/17 rear on a 600 lb “scrambler” that goes sideways FAR too easily on dirt or gravel?
I was going to get the 805 for both, but if there is something with better lateral tracking I’d splurge, especially for the heavy bike. But I need mileage too. At least 5000 miles out of a rear.
What would you recommend than?
I have been asking my riding crew the same question. I rode some very muddy sections of the Arizona BDR with my Shinko 805 in December, 2018. There were times when the back end felt squirrely. However, I did not go through the same section with any other tire - so I can't compare. I also made it through every nasty muddy section OK. My pals claim that the TKC80, Anakee Wild, Karoo 3 are better choices for the mud. I decided to go with a TKC80 to replace my worn 805 for my upcoming NE BDR trip. The 805 is generally agreed to be a great choice for the deep sand in northern Michigan, where we ride a lot. I'd still argue that the 805 is the best VALUE out there as it is half the cost of an Anakee Wild.
I ran them on my old F800 and my current X300. As long as you are off the throttle in the mud, they are fine. I do agree that there are probably better choices, but, the value factor for the 804/805 combo is compelling.
The Shinko 804/5 is still the best lasting, cheap semi-knobby I've run.
My current Kenda Big Block rear is more than halfway gone at 3500 miles, and I have a Tusk DSport to try.
I may try Motoz next, but if I can't get 5k miles out of anything remotely knobby by the end of the year, I'm going back to the Shinko 804/805.
2006 KLR 650, 60% pavement, 40% gravel and off-road.
KLR roughly 75% road / 25% dirt Shinko 804 , 805 coming off Motoz GPS
Only 1600 klm so far , pretty much zero skitishness in the gravely dirt ( relaxing ) and im using a surprising amount of the back tyre on the road ( touching pegs )
and i am sure not a fast rider . Do not care too much how long they last / would recommend .