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post #1 of 8 Old 10-03-2014, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Kenda K-270 ??

Has any one that uses Kenda K-270 tires had one that was out of round?
I put one on recently, and it makes my front end "hop-like-a-bunny" .
Real bad between 30 and 40 mph. Not bad above that. I can measure about 1/8" difference between high, and low spots.

The tire is static balanced with 3 oz weight. No front end wobble, just up / down in front.

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-04-2014, 08:32 AM
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I dislike 270's!! The front will wash, or jump, on you on pavement when the side knobs flip. I mean you can flip them with your thumb, so the bike will really make them jump.
The rear is fine unless you get a flat. It's such a soft tire that if you get a flat on the highway you will thank your lucky stars if you don't end up with a tank slapper or the tire doesn't de-rim itself before you get stopped.

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I put on a set of 270's in August. I probably won't use them again. Nothing out-of-round. These have been good on dirt roads. However, I do notice the front end hop if/when I cross an irregularity in pavement (particularly cracks). Probably those side knobbies.
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I haven't used them personally, but I've always heard that the Shinko 244's have much better on road manners than the 270's.

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post #6 of 8 Old 10-13-2014, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Kenda K-270's

Update:
1st Kenda K-270 ordered on line was out of round, and made my front hop up and down at 30 - 40 mph.

Sent back to be evaluated. Still waiting for word from the online store as to what they will do about it.

2d K-270 bought from my local dealer also made the bike hop, although not quite as much. Returned it and bought a Mitas E-07 that they had on hand.
Installed the Mitas, and rode tested it today. This one runs smooth, and only took 1 oz to balance.

I'm not thrilled with the Kenda K-270 tires. ( Two different tires from two different sources with the same problem. ) Off my possible list of brands to buy. They may be ok off road, but around here, 30 - 40 mph is typical travel speed on many roads.

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I just remembered something. When I installed my 270's in August, I had a very difficult time getting the bead to seat.
I did the rear first. I thought the bead had seated. I test drove it and it had a terrible hop. Upon closer inspection I saw that it was not quite seated. The line along the rim was just a little off.
I had to re-lubricate it and run the pressure very high (probably dangerously high) to get it to seat. When it did pop into place, I jumped a mile.
It ran much smoother.
Then the same thing happened when I installed the front. I had to run the pressure way up to get it to seat.
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I just remembered something. When I installed my 270's in August, I had a very difficult time getting the bead to seat.
I did the rear first. I thought the bead had seated. I test drove it and it had a terrible hop. Upon closer inspection I saw that it was not quite seated. The line along the rim was just a little off.
I had to re-lubricate it and run the pressure very high (probably dangerously high) to get it to seat. When it did pop into place, I jumped a mile.
It ran much smoother.
Then the same thing happened when I installed the front. I had to run the pressure way up to get it to seat.
That was the first thing the guy at American Motorcycle Tire.com suggested I check when I started communication about the problem. I inspected the seating real close, and it was seated good on ( both Kenda's) I mounted, and both bounced.

I use a good lube to "grease" the tire & rim when mounting. Everything is real slippery. Tires seat with as little as 30 lb's psi. I get them up to 40 for just a couple of seconds to make sure.

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