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Old 04-15-2011, 12:53 PM   #211
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Mine felt scary at first but it felt like it was the front that wanted to wander not the rear. Maybe it was both. I'm still waiting to see what mileage I get out of the t63 but I think we have a consensus that the rounded profile gives them poor handling at highway speeds.
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Old 04-15-2011, 01:33 PM   #212
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i haven't run the t63 front yet, but i didn't have any highway issues with the rear when running a tkc front. after about 1k of non highway miles the rear was rock steady for 2.5k of highway with no weirdness at all. sounds like it might take some breakin to flatten it out a bit.


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Mine felt scary at first but it felt like it was the front that wanted to wander not the rear. Maybe it was both. I'm still waiting to see what mileage I get out of the t63 but I think we have a consensus that the rounded profile gives them poor handling at highway speeds.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:51 PM   #213
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For those playing with T63s have you checked out Michelin AC10?

It won't go the distance of a T63 on the h-way but you'll enjoy it more in the mud and it's cheaper, dot approved and has a 64 R rating so will handle loads at above h-way speeds.

Designed as a 'Rally Raid' tyre without the weight penaty of the heavy contruction tyre.
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:42 PM   #214
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I'm almost due for a new tire. I'll look into it.

Also, I don't see it listed on the first page so I need to do some updating.

edit: I think I know why I didn't list these. They have a 80/100-21 front, not 90/90 though it might work. Also, they've got a 120/90-18 rear not a 120/80. Also, might work. $140 a set. I'm willing to try it. I'll order a set when I wear down the t63s.
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Old 04-22-2011, 04:08 AM   #215
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T 63

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So, have about 500 commuting miles on these. Not a commuter tire, but unfortunately, I have to ride to work. The tire is much more stable but still has the tendency to wander. Hey, don't we all. Still unstable over newer surfaces above 70 with those crazy rain grooves, doesn't get along with tar snakes, and vibrates like crazy under 10mph. Don't know when I'll have time to play in the dirt, but I know these tires are good for it, wish I could do that the majority of the time.
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:46 AM   #216
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Okay... if it's listed in the catalogue, why can't I get the Tourance 120/80 18 for my g/s? No one carries it as far as I can tell.

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Old 06-24-2011, 01:41 PM   #217
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Here's my t63 at 4k



The lugs are almost gone at the center. Tire life is related to acceleration and I leave most lights on one wheel so I think most riders would get more than 4,000 miles out of a rear. That big gash is a different matter though. The same thing happened to Jenna's and she rides like a person with sense. I've got several more on this tire too. What can I say--they're cheap tires. Despite the brand name, the quality seems equal to the price.

I ordered some Kenda k270s from Cycle Gear today. $97 for both tires, free 3-day shipping, and they'll balance the tires for free.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:22 PM   #218
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For those playing with T63s have you checked out Michelin AC10?

It won't go the distance of a T63 on the h-way but you'll enjoy it more in the mud and it's cheaper, dot approved and has a 64 R rating so will handle loads at above h-way speeds.

Designed as a 'Rally Raid' tyre without the weight penaty of the heavy contruction tyre.
Forget about it.
Whatever they've done to these tyres I don't like it.

Squirmy, murder on wet bitumen.
Good on hard pack but so are less agressive tyres.
Danger in mud, good straight line traction but no predictable lateral stability.

I liked it in sand, may keep it for my next beach ride or throw it on a lighter bike sometime and see if that gets over the squirm.

Did about 600km (mixed riding) wear was good but no longer worth the money at any price
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Old 07-02-2011, 07:26 PM   #219
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Does anyone have anything to report on the new Kenda Big Block tires?

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx

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Old 07-02-2011, 07:58 PM   #220
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Still one of the best threads here...

Does anyone have anything to report on the new Kenda Big Block tires?

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx
I ran a set on rear 1800 miles and gone, (950 ktm). Did everything well during those miles. I dont plan on spooning them on the gs.
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:12 AM   #221
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Still one of the best threads here...

Does anyone have anything to report on the new Kenda Big Block tires?

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx

Just too damn expensive!!! Were more than tkc's, originally, and apparently nowhere the longevity. Just ordered some shinko 244. Hoping to mud em up over the next few weeks. I think we'll pit them against the shinko 270's that Brad ordered.

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Old 07-03-2011, 10:20 AM   #222
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I've got a couple of slices like this on a T63 with only about 2,500 miles on it, not sure I would buy them again. They were cheap though.







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Here's my t63 at 4k



The lugs are almost gone at the center. Tire life is related to acceleration and I leave most lights on one wheel so I think most riders would get more than 4,000 miles out of a rear. That big gash is a different matter though. The same thing happened to Jenna's and she rides like a person with sense. I've got several more on this tire too. What can I say--they're cheap tires. Despite the brand name, the quality seems equal to the price.

I ordered some Kenda k270s from Cycle Gear today. $97 for both tires, free 3-day shipping, and they'll balance the tires for free.
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:34 AM   #223
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Here are the K270s on the bike. The rear is one of the skinniest 120s I've ever seen. It looks like it'd fit on a bicycle. Also, the tires are very round. It makes the bike feel super responsive. I touch that bar and the bike leans. Even taking a corner normally I feel like the bike is leaning over far more than on the t63s. Of course, they're brand new and a few hundred miles will likely soften that. When I leaned it over very far the bike went down. I wrecked twice trying to do donuts. They're brand new tires though so they still might have the silicon residue on them. Besides, I'm pretty sure they weren't designed for dragging valve covers on a BMW

One big plus for me: these are the easiest tires to mount I've ever bought. I mounted the first bead on both tires with my thumbs, no tire levers needed. The bead's seated easily too which is a nice change from fighting those Distanzias on.
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:43 PM   #224
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One big plus for me: these are the easiest tires to mount I've ever bought. I mounted the first bead on both tires with my thumbs, no tire levers needed. The bead's seated easily too which is a nice change from fighting those Distanzias on.
That's because they have absolutely no sidewall carcass strength to speak of. I've only used those tires on dualsport singles (KLR and DR650) and they work okay for gravel roads and trails, but they're down right frightening on a twisty paved road. Rear folds under itself in corners and feels like you're riding on a flat.

They're dirt cheap, though.

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Old 07-04-2011, 11:55 AM   #225
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I noticed that feeling. I thought it had something to do with the roundness/skinniness of the tire but that makes sense. I haven't done any twisties yet. I don't mind wrecking my bike but I like to keep it under 15 mph when I do I'll take it easy on that first corner.
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