Kenda K784 Big Block Rear Tires
Not so good on road. Great off road.
On road: I'd give the tire a 3 star on road. I know they are close to a 20/80 tire, but they don't hold tight corners very well. Taking real tight corners I have felt the back end slide out a bit, which is a bit unnerving. They are loud and you get that drifting feeling at highway speed. Vibration is very noticeable. On 50 mph hour winding roads they do well on dry pavement. They are wearing fast and I expect to get less than 2k miles out of them.
Off road: I'd give them a 4 star rating here. Not quite as good as the D606s off road, but still impressive. Took them on a bunch of very wet muddy roads that a car without 4wd would not make it down. They did surprisingly well and gave me more grip than I thought was there.
Overall: If you are looking for a cheap dual sport tire this is not a bad option, if you don't ride much at highway speeds (65-75mph). They do just fine everywhere else. 3/5.
April 13, 2015
Great tire - Turned my Super Tenere into a sure-footed beast!
I got these Big Blocks for summer riding on forest roads. My first trips on the bike's stock tires did not inspire confidence and I wondered if my my Super Tenere was really going to be able to go off-road a all. The Big Blocks made all the difference. The bike tracks well now and goes right where you point it. Grab a handful of throttle and start grinning because you'll love these tires. If you're going off-road with a big adventure bike, this is the tire to have.
July 21, 2014
Great Tires, better Price
I purchased the Kenda Big Blocks (both front and rear) for my Super Tenere (1200cc). I researched the best tires available, and the Kenda's were among the best out there for "bang for the buck."
They have not let me down.
My first weekend was 50/50. The road portions were amazing mountain road twists, to include the Dragon of west NC and eastern TN. They performed very well. The off road portions were a mix of gravel, sand, and muddy national park roads…plus some technical single and double tracks. Again, they performed extremely well.
As new tires, they were a little slick on the pavement until I roughed them. Plus, the tough/stiff rubber compound made mounting them difficult…had to use A LOT more force than is necessary with other softer compound tires.
I am taking them up to the Blue Ridge/Pisgah National Forest again in June, and look forward to ripping up some more mountain roads…both on and off road.
March 27, 2014
Rear a little noisy
Got a rear K784 for my V-Strom 1000 and just love the way the bike gets up and goes in dirt.
Official rating is a 60 road/40 dirt but I definetly consider it a strong 30/70. Currently have 5000Km on it and thread still looks brand new.
Can't compare to the Heideneau K60 or Continental TKC 80 but my friends that tryed my bike love the feel of the Kenda for half the price.
My only small issue is that there is a pretty loud noise on paved roads between 95-105 Km/h (55-65 mph) on this size (150/70/R17) - no idea if noise is same on all sizes.
February 14, 2014
Better than expected
coming from enduro/off road racing I was looking for more of a knobby type tire for the dirtier sections of my adv riding.
Picked the front and back big blocks tires for my Super Tenere.
first ride with the tire was a 600 mile dual sport ride consisting of tar and gravel two lane country roads.. Dirt ranch roads and a few highway 4 lane runs. I'd say 60% road 40% dirt.
these tires had a good predictable feeling on both street and dirt. felt real stable around sweeping street turns.. and gripped well in the dirt. had some mud holes and slippery areas in the dirt that the tire worked well.
Not sure yet on mileage and durability but these tires looked really good after the first run...
only issue I had was the front tire lost air over the night and was flat.. I use slime in the tires but didn't see punctures.
I filled up the tire and it held air for the rest of the trip... I'll be checking tire pressure for now on to see if this is an on going issue.
Over all I was very pleased with handling performance.. I came of the hidenoau k60's and believe the Big Block has a better feel on and off road..
December 27, 2013
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