any kenda dot horror stories?

16 replies to this topic
  • panaceabeachbum

Posted June 10, 2005 - 10:28 AM


Not trying to stir up a brand war or any troubles, planning to order a new set of tires and I read thru the post here and it looks like the kenda is the price winner. Any known failures of the trackmaster? wonderful price just dont want to cut any corners on safety.

  • skyriver

Posted June 10, 2005 - 11:19 AM


My ears hurt. Does that count?

  • Jack Roberge

Posted June 10, 2005 - 01:09 PM


I just put a Kenda K270 120/80 on my bike. The 120/80 size is great because it lowered my bike seat height slightly. On my first ride with this tire it scared me half to death. I came to my first corner on pavement and cracked the throttle half way through the corner and that rear tire slid out on me like I was on oil. After that I was a lot more careful in a corner. It was kind of neat in a way, because I could now do power slides cornering on pavement. After about 500km of riding it wore down enough so that it seems OK now, although I'm still not 100% sure I trust it in a corner.

  • amp333

Posted June 10, 2005 - 01:15 PM


I've run several Kenda DOT's mostly the Metzler copy and haven't had any problems.

  • roadcam

Posted June 10, 2005 - 03:05 PM


new tires should always, always be ridden carefully for awhile until the waxy top layer gets worn down so it will grip ... :)

  • SaltyWalrus

Posted June 10, 2005 - 06:14 PM


Try the Trackmaster II's. They are a good dirt tire for DOT approved! Let us know what you think.

  • Max Power

Posted June 10, 2005 - 06:36 PM


The front tire sucks ass. Spoooooky on pavement and hard pack.

I run a MT 21 up front and Trackmaster II out the back.

  • smashinz2002

Posted June 10, 2005 - 07:40 PM


I've had Kenda tires before on a previous bike (DR350S), and I didn't much care for them simply because of they wore so fast. I've gotten
much long tread life with the more expensive name brand tires. Just my thoughts on the matter of cheap tires.

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  • truck6driver

Posted June 10, 2005 - 10:11 PM


I have been running the K270's for years. I got 3500 miles out of the rear and over 6000 out of the front on the last set. The current set I have 6200 miles on the front and about 2000 on the rear. I still have over half the tread on both. They are VERY squirrelly when new. They take a little longer to break in on my bike since both are 6 ply tires. I am running a 3.25x21 ft. and 5.10x18 rr. Since I do more street riding than dirt I went with the 270. When I do hit the dirt I want an agressive tread, so the 270 is a 50/50 tire, the middle of the road tire. The Kenda's will wear more the higher the speed you run on the street. I was running with some friends, who have sport bikes, on the weekends for several months and found that the higher speeds I was riding to keep up with them was eating the tires up. We are talking 90+ on back roads with hard acceleration. If I were to do that again I will invest in some 90/10 tires for the season of riding with them.


  • justicedone

Posted June 11, 2005 - 09:30 AM


Even sportbike tires take at least 10 mi riding to reach proper adhesion temperature and start going deep into twisties. Many a novice rider dumps their new shiny CBR,Gixxer,R-1 etc by not knowing this...


  • EM_rider

Posted June 11, 2005 - 07:06 PM


I have used the K760 trackmaster several times on my XR and KTM. Dirt performance is good. But the problem is that the tire wears too fast, and tends to chunk in rocky terrain. Price adjusted, the durability is pretty good. But I am willing to pay a bit more for a tire that I don't have to replace as often.

  • Baxy

Posted July 01, 2005 - 05:56 AM


I have trackmaster II tires on my rig and they are NOT lasting at all but look cool and seem to work pretty good off road kinda squirrly in the rain on the street not much brakes just sliding on the pavement

  • deadman

Posted July 01, 2005 - 06:02 AM


I have them for my 400. I wouln't want to do a lot of street riding with them. They work well offroad for me.

  • DesertWill

Posted July 01, 2005 - 08:26 AM


I have the Kenda K270 3.25-21 & 5.10-18 on my XRL. Picked them up at Chaparral fairly cheap. I'll buy these tires again.


  • roadcam

Posted July 01, 2005 - 08:30 AM


not to start a pissing contest here, but those same tires are quite a bit cheaper at :)

  • DesertWill

Posted July 01, 2005 - 08:56 AM


That's cool! Those are better prices. I live close to Chaparral so I save shipping. But at those prices... :)

  • chiricahua

Posted July 01, 2005 - 09:21 AM


That's cool! Those are better prices. I live close to Chaparral so I save shipping. But at those prices... :)


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80/100X21 >> 3.00X21
90/100X14 >> 4.10X14
90/100X16 >> 4.10X16
100/100X18 >> 4.10X18
110/100X18 >> 4.50X18
120/100X18 >> 5.10X18
130/80X18 >> 5.30X18
140/80X18 >> 5.60X18
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110/90X19 >> 4.50X19
120/90X19 >> 5.10X19

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