Kenda 761 Observations
I have been running a Kenda 761 on the rear for a few thousand miles now. I found it to be somewhat spooky on damp or lightly wet pavement when I first mounted it, but it actually gripped pretty good on pavement in a hard rain.
The 'spookiness' was akin to hitting a patch of gravel or sand in a turn - the tire would slip out a few inches but would regain grip before it got 'scary'.
Now that I have a few thousand miles on the tire, either I am totally used to the way the tire reacts and have perhaps altered my corner speeds on wet roads, or the tire grip has improved with wear.
I commute daily, and have ridden in some torrential downpours this season, I have had no issues with maintaining 70mph speed limits - usually blowing past other motorcycles and cars that slow down excessively (IMO) when it rains.
The wear so far looks pretty good - I expect to get much better wear out of this tire than the OEM Dunlops, Continental TKC 80s or Shinko 705s - none of which went much more than 5k.
So, anyone else running this tire want to chime in? The 'spooky when wet' issue seems pretty universal, but have you noticed it gets better after the tire wears in a bit?
I still run a Shinko 705 up front, which is wearing really well, so for the next set, I may stick to the Shinko front / Kenda rear combination.
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Oh, and I ran two quarts of hot oil through before filling her up cause I'm anal.