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post #1 of 43 Old 05-18-2008, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Kenda 270's Suck

Hi, I just put on a set of Kenda 270's and I can't believe how bad the bike handles in the corners ( on pavement ) it feels like it's riding on marshmallows. I had 36 front and 41 rear for PSI , I tried 30/35 and it got a little better but still very dangerous .
Are others having the same results?? Are there better results with different psi ?? If so what psi works best ?? BTW there are no arrows on the side walls but the treads are the same in either direction..

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post #2 of 43 Old 05-18-2008, 11:19 PM
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That's because those tires are more dirt orientated. The tread pattern is made for clearing out dirt, not gripping pavement. Any knobby based tired, even though they are bigger knobbies, will flex and feel squirrelly on the road. Knobby lovers say you will get used to it and that it's not a concern. I don't share that opinion which is why I have grown very fond of the Mefo 99 Explorers. I'm a fairly aggressive street rider and the rear has made it 6,000 miles so far, but reaching it's lifespan soon. The front has plenty left with about 5,000 on it. I can't praise them enough. They have improved both road and dirt equally.
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post #3 of 43 Old 05-19-2008, 06:25 AM
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+1 on the 270. The rash on my right hand guard is testimony to the poor grip of the front tire on concrete. I am riding my other bike more until I get new shoes for the KLR. Lowsides on concrete are just no fun. Fortunately traffic did not come into play.

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post #4 of 43 Old 05-19-2008, 08:07 AM
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Try Cheng Shin C858's. Purty good 50/50 tire. Inexpensive and you get decent mileage. Air up a little for all pavement and down for the dirt. The 5.10x17 will fit the rear of a KLR650.

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post #5 of 43 Old 05-19-2008, 09:54 AM
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I was thinking of trying the Avon Gripsters. I have heard good reports from folks locally and read positive reports here too. They are more expensive than the Cheng Shins or the Maxxis (which I found out are made by Cheng Shin too). Tires and brakes are areas where scrimping does not make sense to me. If I shop I am finding that I can get a set of the Avons for just under $200.00, which is a good enough value for me.

I know tires can be had for less money, and some are more expensive. I also know that my choice is wrong for some, but it fits me. The only other subject I have seen more debate over is motor oil choice.

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post #6 of 43 Old 05-19-2008, 07:39 PM
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Doesn't it say right on the 270, tire is not DOT approved? Well, all I can say is 500 miles to WV and for the Spring fling ride and I loved it! Maybe you should try the Track master? Or if you are mostly on pavement a gripster?

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The Kenda 270's are DOT approved.
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post #8 of 43 Old 05-20-2008, 12:11 PM
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They are more expensive than the Cheng Shins or the Maxxis (which I found out are made by Cheng Shin too).
If you don't like the 270's, you'll hate Maxxis 6006's, too..
Fantastic off road, but the first corner on pavement will have your butt sucking the seat up..

The Gripsters are nice, but if you want a tire that gives the utmost in street grip, while still giving fantastic life (and is also wonderful on wet) get a pair of Michelin Anakees.. They're not bad off road, for a 90/10 tire, but don't expect them to clean out and dig like a 50/50 tire would..
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post #9 of 43 Old 05-20-2008, 10:55 PM
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The Kenda 270's are DOT approved.
My bad I have a 257 on the rear. It clearly states it is not for highway use, but WTF I like it and ride it like any tire!

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My bad I have a 257 on the rear. It clearly states it is not for highway use, but WTF I like it and ride it like any tire!
Don't feel too bad.. I put an awful lot of miles on Michelin S12's, on the road during dual sport events.. Actually, they wore on the road pretty well, and would dig a deep hole in the dirt in no time flat!!!

M12 front and a S12 rear, and I was a happy enduro rider!!!

And they were about as far from being DOT approved as they come.. Hee Hee

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