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post #1 of 34 Old 04-05-2013, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Kenda 761

Just bought a set for my 08. The PO had a Kenda on the rear and I assumed it was the 761. they are very similar except the "old" one which is supposed to be fairly new, and is actually in pretty good shape, has a bit of a different tread pattern. Mostly it is smooth in the center and the new one the tread is much more broken up. I will try to put up some pics later. The old one says "65H" on the side wall and the new only says "65". Did they change something? I like the looks of the new one and wish I had it on already for the mud season back roads I have been riding these last few days.
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The "H" is likely the speed rating.

Tire should look like:

http://www.kendausa.com/en/home/moto...ual-sport.aspx

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This is my old one. The new one looks like the link you attached. I can't believe the old one was the same but I don't find any other Kenda that looks quite like that. Is it a strictly street tire?


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These tires are my tire of choice and use them on all surfaces unless I know for sure I am running on serious gravel for long distances or dirt. Then I switch to the Kenda 270. The 761 is a great tire and will last a long time as long as long as you keep the pressure up on them. I run the front at 32 and the rear at 30. When on gravel for any length of time I drop the pressures down to 24psi for both. It will allow the tires to fold around the rocks and not bounce off them like marbles. BUT, if you do not air the front back up as soon as you get back onto the tarmac it will scalp as all front tires will. The problem is, as soon as it starts it is almost impossible to stop it. The rear tire doesn't suffer from scalping just the front. The rear will just heat up from too low of psi.

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Thanks Willys, I guess what I am trying to figure out is if my soon to come off tire really is a 761? It is a Kenda and if it is this worn I am amazed.


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Your tire is definitely a Kenda 761. The centre is just worn down. You have to find some more twisty roads to wear off the sides. Looks like it's time to change it for sure.

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I wonder how many miles the PO owner actually put on it. He said it was "new", I have about 2800 miles on it and don't remember it ever looking like the new one. Oh well, new set goes on next weekend.


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The centre part of the tire wears down and you are left with what you have. How deep are the grooves. Can't remember if it has wear indicators. I easily get 10,000 miles out of a rear. Just looking at the picture again I would say you are at about 50%.

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When you do change those tires remove the enormous amount of weights....wow! Also buy a new tube......the valve usually has some rust around the bottom where it touches the rubber, not a good thing seeing how many kms you can get from these tires. When I balance my tires the most I have had to put on is maybe 1 1/2 oz in weights. IF you find you have to install more, deflate the tire and rotate it on the rin by 180 degrees. It usually helps.
It also looks like there is 24 or so psi in that tire seeing as how much contact patch is being used, or the rider is a heavy weight.....lol.sorry.... It is a good contact patch size. You want 3/4 of the tire surface touching the road when you're seated for optimal wear. If less than that you will wear the centre quickly and you won't get the best mileages from the tire.

Hope this helps.....also these tires are dirt cheap as we can get a set for around the $100 mark once or twice a year from Aviciouscycle. They have a sale on them once a year, I buy two sets at a time.

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Thanks again willys. I bought tubes and rim strips. Good advice on rotating the tire to get balance. All that weight did make difference. When I did chains sprockets last year my buddy put it in the balancer and grimaced.


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