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Old 12-09-2010, 05:10 PM   #16
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Where Are They Made?

Although the AU website provides a lot of information, it does not mention where the tires are produced.

Anyone know?
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:44 PM   #17
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Although the AU website provides a lot of information, it does not mention where the tires are produced.

Anyone know?
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:52 PM   #18
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Old 12-09-2010, 06:10 PM   #19
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I think I'll stick with the TKC80.

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Kenda’s Big Block is the brand’s first tire for adventure bikes. It’s scheduled to begin shipping before the end of the year. Kenda says it designed the tire specifically to meet the demands of high-powered adventure motorcycles such as those from Yamaha's new Super Tenere, BMW, KTM and Suzuki. Large tread blocks improve tread wear and high-speed handling. A high-impact, bias-ply casing structure resists punctures. A bias-belted casing improves handling and stability. The rubber mound was designed specifically for wet and dry packed terrain. The Big Block is DOT- and E-mark-approved and will be available in front sizes 110/80-19, 100/90-19 and 90/90-21 and rear sizes 150/70-17, 150/70-18, 130/80-17 and 140/80-18.





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Old 12-09-2010, 08:20 PM   #20
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I think I'll stick with the TKC80.
Because?

Just curious if there is some specific reason or just a case of being happy with what you've been running. I know nothing about Kenda tires.
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Old 12-10-2010, 04:13 AM   #21
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I've run Kenda's on my DRZ for years. Nice tires, well made, wear pretty well and very reasonably priced.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:16 PM   #22
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It'll be good to see some competition for the TKC, maybe the prices will be kept in check better. As for the Shinko's, I still have the radials on my GS and with 4K on them, so far so good...
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Old 12-11-2010, 10:34 AM   #23
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TKC 80s

I think there's lots of competition for the TKC-80 and there should be as it is an easy target. I've used them in the past and will never buy them again. I am not going to pay over $200 for a rear tire that lasts 5000km. Sort of like Levi 501 jeans - they're expensive, they're nice, they fit and they do the job, but you can buy jeans for $25 and still have all of the above qualities that last longer for half the price. The TKC 80s is just that - the cool thing to have but not necessarily the best and they only work really well at the first 10% of their life.

These Kendas seem nice and I would definitely be interested in these if they come in at the same price range at the made in Europe Mitas E-09 Dakar tires I have using. They certainly can't be any worse than a Korean made TKC-80.
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:07 PM   #24
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Well said. Looking forward to trying them as well. Your lucky, for 2 reasons; 1. TKC's are real cheap where you live. ( Closer to $300here..)
2. I only seem to be able to get 3000km out of mine.


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Old 12-11-2010, 07:47 PM   #25
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They sure look nice. Based on my experience in the wet with a K270 rear on my DR350, I'd be more than a little wary. Look forward to hearing some reports from people who've seen some varied riding with them.
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Old 12-11-2010, 07:56 PM   #26
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TKC 80's are under 140 bucks around here... im not sure how much cheaper something would need to be to be a better value, i suppose they could last longer, but on a big GS I dont know in what category you could expect better performance from a DOT psuedo-knobbie.

http://www.swmototires.com/index.php...=160&Itemid=53
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Old 12-12-2010, 10:15 AM   #27
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TKC 80's are under 140 bucks around here... im not sure how much cheaper something would need to be to be a better value, i suppose they could last longer, but on a big GS I dont know in what category you could expect better performance from a DOT psuedo-knobbie.

http://www.swmototires.com/index.php...=160&Itemid=53
I really dig TKC's, but if you look at the price for a set 110 / 80 - 19 and 150 / 70 - 17 - it's 271 bucks.

To me, that's outrageous. From other pricing I've seen, though, for the big blocks, they're right there at the same pricing .......

The pricing on the Kenda's that I saw was from another thread on the tire.

I'd totally go with some Mitas if I could get them, but the only place I know of to order is from gnarlyparts.ca and they don't always have the correct sizes in stock.

In fact, I'd love to go with some Heidi K60, but yet again they're having issues with their 150 / 70 - 17s that they are not available yet.

On a good note, it's nice to see the swmoto carries a 140 / 80 - 17. That'd be nice for my AT.

At present the only the tire I've been happy with for pricing, is the D606 for my 640, For 150 some bucks for an entire set, I don't care that they don't last too long.

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Old 12-12-2010, 11:27 AM   #28
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Max pressure for both tyres is 36, may not be enough for the rear loaded up for a long trip.
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Any new news on these?
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:06 AM   #30
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Max pressure for both tyres is 36, may not be enough for the rear loaded up for a long trip.

bout the same for a TKC, no?
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