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post #1 of 8 Old 06-10-2011, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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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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I'm with ya, Mook. I have no problems in the rain. They were generally spooky in the first hundred miles or so on several things (rain grooves, didn't want to turn, etc).

You can expect 9K out of the rear and double that out of the front.

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I'm with ya, Mook. I have no problems in the rain. They were generally spooky in the first hundred miles or so on several things (rain grooves, didn't want to turn, etc).

You can expect 9K out of the rear and double that out of the front.

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Sheesh I get about half that on 761s. Could be that the roads around here are more rock than asphalt!


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No, Spec. Half your mileage melts off the tires....

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No, Spec. Half your mileage melts off the tires....

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Not this year so far. Almost the middle of June and it just hit 90 today.

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I have put 3000 kms or 2000 miles on the Kenda 761 on the rear and I really like it. I was trying to make time returning to Canada from La Quinta Ca. Very cool weather the whole way so I did about 600 miles per day. The tire looks good but it is too early to say how long it will last. For the cost the Kenda 761 is tough to beat.
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If you want to extend the life of this tire, take a dremmel tool and ream out that centre groove so that it is the same depth as the rest of the grooves. I took mine to a tire shop before doing this so it could be inspected and verify that it would not affect the tire.

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If you want to extend the life of this tire, take a dremmel tool and ream out that centre groove so that it is the same depth as the rest of the grooves. I took mine to a tire shop before doing this so it could be inspected and verify that it would not affect the tire.

How does removing material extend the life? Are you talking about when the center part of the tire becomes one block? There's still lots of rubber left. Maybe putting a groove in it improves traction somewhat but that would be when you're straight up and down, traction shouldn't be an issue.

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