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post #1 of 12 Old 08-07-2014, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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K761 tire pressure

Putting on some Kenda K761 tires tomorrow. What is the best PSI for long life street use?


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The K761 is such a long-lived tire that it's hard to say. I run them at 34f/36r and get about 9K miles out of a rear tire and about twice that out of the front.

I used to run a bit lower but found that the higher pressure just seemed to feel better and they stay round a bit longer.

I also mount the front backwards; my experience is that it doesn't cup that way.

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I will suggest that we Always run +2 PSI in the front tire as compared to the rear, at least up to the Max. Pressure. Why?
The front tire is skinnier. It is always DRIVEN! Not Driving/Driven as the rear tire, on and off the gas.

I believe you will find even Less cupping of the front tires, if you follow this advice.

When one is heavy on the front brake, as one should Be, 70-95 % of the weight of bike and rider is Transferred to the front tire. Under-inflated, it will cup even More. WHY?

When the load pushes on the Center Knobs or Tread, the other knobs or tread blocks 'Flex' Towards the point of contact. Prove it to yourself, with a Dis-mounted tire. Knobbier the better.

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TY for the info, look forward to carving some corners tomorrow.


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I will suggest that we Always run +2 PSI in the front tire as compared to the rear...
I remember you mentioned that, Paul, and I have yet to try it.

On my next trip I will and I'll see how I like the handling.

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post #6 of 12 Old 08-08-2014, 10:15 AM
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as soon as the front drops below 30 psi it will start to cup , kenda knows about this problem and has chosen to ignore it , a company that ignores problems like that are not ones i want to deal with , so i went with the shinko 705 , a few $$ more but no cupping and way better wet traction . I got really good milage with the 761. just keep the front over 30 ..
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I got them on now, feel much different than my gripsters when you lean the bike. Kinda like it feels like its about to lean into a fall. Guess I need to get used to them.

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new tires can be very slippery, don't forget to allow the tires to wear in a bit before leaning too on hard on them.

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I will be watching the PSI more often than I used to. How much PSI should a tire loose normally? Is it based on time or miles?

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I got them on now, feel much different than my gripsters when you lean the bike. Kinda like it feels like its about to lean into a fall. Guess I need to get used to them.

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That lean is precisely why I didn't like the 761's... I had swapped bikes with a buddy for a trip and I couldn't wait to get back on mine. Lol

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