Kenda K784 Big Block Rear Tires
Great price, Great tire
Got a matching set of the Kenda BB's for my F800GS. OEM's were the Anakee 2's....not good out here in the desert/fire roads of SoCal. Didn't want to break the bank on a set of knobbies to see how they feel on the street/dirt. I have had these thru deep water crossings/slimy rocks, mud, sand, desert fire roads, single track, huge uphill climbs, rocks, (little smaller than a helmet, but big enough). Hooked up fine in mud/sand/fire roads/uphills. Slimy rocks were an issue, but those are even an issue on my 520exc and 500cr. On the freeway, the rain grooves make front end twitchy. Fine in the local canyons, almost forget I'm on knobbies in the canyons. Same speeds as on freeways, in the twisties, were there are no rain grooves, the twitchiness goes away. The rain grooves of the freeway make it a wild ride. Not sure if this is true of all knobby manufactures. Jut over 900 miles on this set. No bad wear so far. I like'em!
September 16, 2013
Poor wear life, even with the "new" compound
After 1,500 miles , with approximately 500 off-road, the tire is almost completely shot - hardly any tread left on the center line.
I expected better wear life, particularly given Kenda's claims the K784 is a newer compound, which was supposed to give it some longevity. Wish it would have lasted as long as a Heidenau K60!
September 4, 2013
I bought this tire for my R1200GS for a trip to Moab, UT. I was looking for a reasonably priced tire that I thought would be "sacrificed" on the trip. I was wrong, I put this tire through some pretty tough paces, both on and off road and I barely made a dent in the life of the tire. It performed very well on the highway with little noise or vibes and felt sticky in the fine sand, shale and rock. I did not have any wet conditions.
I have used Heidenau, Tourance and Anankee 2's. All are great tires. I am going to use the Kenda's for my offroad tire from now on.
I wouldn't expect the life of a K60 Heidenau but I believe it has better traction because of the deeper tread. I am going to put a Kenda on the front.
July 20, 2013
good tire for a large adv bike but the usual treadlife issue is there
i like the kenda big block rear on my f800gs. it hooks up in everything i've put it though without an issue. sand, mud, dirt, rocks -- it does it all well, no confidence issues. they work well on the road wet or dry.
where this tire lacks (as well as the tkcs, mitas e09 and every other aggressive knobbie put on a big adv bike) is tread life. i get maybe 4k miles out of a rear. this is to be expected unfortunately.
August 29, 2011
Serves it's purpose.
I bought these mainly for a trip from Delaware to Laurel Fork campground. I just wanted the best off-road traction possible for inclement weather. The only bad weather I had on the trip was during the paved sections and I have no complaints. Sure, they don't handle as well as a street tire but this is a knobbie, just slow down. Its worth the trade off to me to have the off-road confidence. You can ride a off-road tire on the street all day. But when your running street tires and hit mud, well, it doesn't work the other way around. I got a good twenty-five hundred miles out of mine. I pulled a loaded trailer for about 1500 of those miles, and maybe 600 of them off-road. I did have a chance to use them in some thick mud on my 650 strom and they performed excellent! Just ask the guy who was a bit too close behind me! I recommend this tire and Revzilla.
June 9, 2011
i thought it was going to be to big but once i got it mounted it was pretty much true to size.
I have only put about a tank of gas on this tire but im definitely happy so far and it's a lot less than it's rival the conti TK80 i think it is. i went with the front and rear and im happy so far but i shall see as i put more miles on it.
March 19, 2011