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post #1 of 7 Old 06-19-2014, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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So looking for some good all around tires that are OK at everything what do people think about the Big Block for -
Highway
Back roads
Dirt roads
Trail riding
What other tires do you recommend that are reasonably priced and can do everything reasonably well and last - not race tires!
What others would folks recommend

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-19-2014, 06:31 PM
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Have not tried them but there are a couple threads where people have. Just try the search engine here and I think there was a thread talking about them the other day.

I use the Kenda 761, since I am a 80/20 person for highway/dirt
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A tire more dirt oriented will not last as long as a tire more road oriented.

My brother runs a big block and seems happy with it but at best I think he'll get 3000 miles out of it and it wasn't really a cheap tire.

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I just ordered my second set of Kenda Big Blocks. I got Big Blocks in Minnesota last year and they performed pretty well on gravel and road although as 4evr says they don't last all that long. I was replacing Continental TKC-80 tires that cost much more but don't last any longer. Performance is pretty similar.

Right now I have Heinedau K60 Scout tires. They are hard and long-lasting but the trade-off is low traction on wet rocks or wet pavement. I have not had actual trouble with the K60 Scout, but in rain I'd rather be on a softer tread. I can easily spin the K60 on wet pavement where softer tires stick better. The tread pattern is fine for most of the gravel roads and trails I've used. I think a softer rubber can be the difference between "go" and "no go" for wet rocky trails. At about 6k miles the tread is OK except not enough for an upcoming 2k-mile trip.

I REALLY like the Kenda 761 tire and have had several pair. The reason I don't have them now is that I'm riding with a former-trials-riding neighbor on his DRZ400 and I want a tire that will let me go anywhere that he goes. The gaps/blocks on the K761 are just too smooth to let me go anywhere. While 80/20 may describe my pavement/dirt ratio, the deciding factor is what tread will get me through that 20%.

So my plan is to replace my square rear Scout tire for an upcoming trip to Canadian maritimes, then put on the Big Blocks for putting around for the summer. By 4 or 5 thousand miles I'll need to put on the Heinedau Scout tires to go to the Great Lakes. I ordered 1 Heinedau Scout for the same price as the pair of Kenda Big Blocks.

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I just ordered my second set of Kenda Big Blocks. I got Big Blocks in Minnesota last year and they performed pretty well on gravel and road although as 4evr says they don't last all that long. I was replacing Continental TKC-80 tires that cost much more but don't last any longer. Performance is pretty similar.

Right now I have Heinedau K60 Scout tires. They are hard and long-lasting but the trade-off is low traction on wet rocks or wet pavement. I have not had actual trouble with the K60 Scout, but in rain I'd rather be on a softer tread. I can easily spin the K60 on wet pavement where softer tires stick better. The tread pattern is fine for most of the gravel roads and trails I've used. I think a softer rubber can be the difference between "go" and "no go" for wet rocky trails. At about 6k miles the tread is OK except not enough for an upcoming 2k-mile trip.

I REALLY like the Kenda 761 tire and have had several pair. The reason I don't have them now is that I'm riding with a former-trials-riding neighbor on his DRZ400 and I want a tire that will let me go anywhere that he goes. The gaps/blocks on the K761 are just too smooth to let me go anywhere. While 80/20 may describe my pavement/dirt ratio, the deciding factor is what tread will get me through that 20%.

So my plan is to replace my square rear Scout tire for an upcoming trip to Canadian maritimes, then put on the Big Blocks for putting around for the summer. By 4 or 5 thousand miles I'll need to put on the Heinedau Scout tires to go to the Great Lakes. I ordered 1 Heinedau Scout for the same price as the pair of Kenda Big Blocks.
thanks Grinnin for the great info. I see you mentioned about traveling to the Maritimes, are you making it all the way to Newfoundland? If so, definitely would like to meet other KLRers. They are still few here, but growing each year
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Thanks folks very helpful! Seem like a good value and reasonably long lasting for mixed riding which is what I'm looking for. Thanks for the conformation !
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are you making it all the way to Newfoundland?
Don't yet know. Coordinating with others. Thanks.
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