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XR650R + Kenda Trakmaster Tires


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Uncorked my bike a couple weeks ago, took off the Bridgestone road tires today and mounted up a set of Trakmasters. Rode a couple laps around the block and a couple runs up and down the dirt alleys behind my house. Got back, and the rear tire was already noticeably rounded and had even chunked in a few places. Anyone else having a similar experiance?

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The front has worked well for me on the pavement and the in the rocky terrain I ride, with no chunking.

Wear is about the same as the Pirelli XCMH which I really like, but the Kenda costs much less. However, you will read of MANY people who HATE the Kenda front.

I have never tried the 760 rear because of all the stories of them chunking. I have one on my street legal mini which started chunking at it's half life.

I just keep running the 120/100-18 XCMH rear with great satisfaction on my XRR.

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  • 2 months later...

Update! My XR has ripped that Kenda to pieces, I'm considering some sort of hard terrain MX tire now, nobody is gonna check for DOT out here in the wild west, and even as cheap as the Kenda was, I can't afford to have tires go away that fast, and I HATE mounting tube tires.

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Update! My XR has ripped that Kenda to pieces, I'm considering some sort of hard terrain MX tire now, nobody is gonna check for DOT out here in the wild west, and even as cheap as the Kenda was, I can't afford to have tires go away that fast, and I HATE mounting tube tires.

Teraflex :ride:

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The Dunlop D606 will last a lot longer. That Trackmaster is NOT meant for the road at all. You saw what happens.

My advice is to get an aggressive tire that is designed to at least see some road use if that's what you do. Focus more on your riding style than your tread pattern. A good rider will do laps around you on the worst tires. :ride:

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Geez this thing is DOT?

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That thing is a monster.

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Geez this thing is DOT?

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That thing is a monster.

English?

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Even my lowly XR250 chunked a Kenda TM 120.

I bought them as an inexpensive DOT/trail set. Benn basically happy with them, despite their tendency to disintegrate.

I gotta agree here, although they spin like crazy on the road, it's controllable and fun. The front seems to stick to CO rocks well, and the rear has plenty of traction and digs big dirt, but I guess the trade off for a soft tire like that is leaving a lot of it on the trails when you go home. I'm hearing that the huge teraflex is made back in America now, it's a little softer and easier to mount as well. I think I may just have to give it a try.

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