Kenda K784 Big Block Rear Tires
Bang for the bucks
I can't complain, it maneuver really well off road (trial on sandy / muddy terrain) and after getting use to, seems a pretty good tire at speeds below 75 mph.
I would recommend it for sure (cheaper than top brands).
January 19, 2016
Longer Lasting than TKC's
I have tried many different tires on my 2013 BMW F800GS. I my opinion the Kenda Big Blocks are the best tires for the buck. They last 1000-3000 miles longer than did the TKC 80's. The off-road performance is very comparable in the abrasive Arizona Desert. They also work well in mud and sand. Basically you get two tires for the price of one TKC 80.
I recommend these tires!
January 19, 2016
Great all around tire for ADV bikes!
First thing, My Triumph Tiger 800 XC should of came with these from the factory! I've ridden my Tiger in the spring through snow and just over all bad ground conditions and they were great. I just rode from my home in northern Canada down to Sturgis and then carried on to Las Vegas and I felt these tire worked very well, I did some dirt trail riding in Utah on my way here and they were awesome, even with my bike fully loaded for the trip I was confident that I was on the perfect tire for what I was doing.
August 7, 2015
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