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post #1 of 6 Old 06-02-2010, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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Kenda 761

I just installed some Kenda 761's on front and back after wearing my factory back tire down to nothing. I like them on the street, they seem to corner well, and overall lot's smoother ride that the stock ones. I ride 75 % of the time on pavement so that's good...

But I'm not all that impressed once I'm off the hard surface and on a gravel or dirt road. Anyone else use these? Have you had any luck with adjusting tire pressure?

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-02-2010, 10:17 AM
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I have one on the rear with almost 10,000 miles on it. For the gravel I ride it does okay. I didn't air them down for gravel.

You have to remember it's mainly a street tire so the trade off is off pavement handling.

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I've ridden them in all sorts of terrain. Desert, stream crossing, gravel, sand, fire roads, etc. They are a fair tire.

Air them down quite a bit and they will take you where you want to go if you ride appropriately.

They suck in sand, really loose gravel, and mud, but you'd expect that.

Offroad they will never work like a knobby, but for a tire that will take you on twisties to get to offroad, I like them.

Now, will I buy another set (my current tires have about 10K on them)? No, there are some other tires I want to try.

However, I have been pretty well pleased with them as an 80/20 tire.


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post #4 of 6 Old 06-02-2010, 08:02 PM
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I just installed my first set about 500 miles ago, and I'll be buying another. Motorcycle Superstore has a set on sale right now for much less than $100, shipped!!

Are they a perfect off road tire? Nope, but off road tires suck snot on the street.. My last set of tires that were similar were Michelin Anakees and they were fantastic on the street, and not bad everywhere else, if you air'd them down to 20psi or so.. But they cost over 2 times what the 761 do..

I'm sold on the 761.. I'll be buying another set!
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-02-2010, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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I too got mine from the motorcycle superstore. They where around $85 shipped (they said I got free shipping for some reason and I didn't whine about it!). Anyhow, to be honest I really do like them better than the stock tires. After I installed them I took to the road and it was then I decided I didn't want to save up for a more comfortable cruiser bike such as a shadow, vulcan, boulevard, etc, and just be happy with my KilLeR650.

Honestly the stock tire weren't great on the street, and not much better on the dirt, so the Kenda 761's really are a good trad off. I'll get another pair, unless something better hits the market.

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-10-2010, 08:51 PM
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I've run Kenda K761's on my Klr and have to admit I'm not impressed with the way the tire performed on wet pavement.

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