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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-20-2019, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Kenda KD-1 Kwik tires

Finally ditched the stock IRC tires for the Kenda KD-1 Kwik tires and holy handling Batman... do these things rock!

Definitely notice a phenomenal improvement on traction. These mugs stick! I also feel the handling is much better though I didn’t swap the tires so I didn’t check the weight difference. The tread depth is much more shallow so I know there’s less thickness overall and as such I don’t expect as much life by any means but at $100 a set and tires that actually grip I’ll still consider these a win. You can actually get them in OEM sizing as well. Load the front and bomb the corners! Now if only these **** slow ass cars wouldn’t get in the way and kill my drive. 😤

Killer choice and hats off to Kenda for realizing the popularity of the 125 scene and the need for solid tires. 👍👍
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How many miles are people getting out of these?


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Man, I really wish I had bought one set in OEM size. I was originally planning on putting the Power Pures on my bike but at the end of the day I couldn't justify the price jump for all the good things I was hearing about the KD1s. So I just clicked QTY:2 and ordered... oops!

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How many miles are people getting out of these?
I hear 4k-5k range. MrEvilPirate said his were squaring off after his ~2000 mi road trip though, so maybe less.

Dropped a gear... ...still here

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They are around $75 per pair, how many miles does one need to get with lots of grip?

That said, maybe the next version will have a harder center compound to prevent this squaring off like many other sport tires.

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2000 is plenty enough for a full season of racing

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You can get 2000 racing miles out of a set? I can only get about 3 track days and then the edges are shot. Maybe I'm doing something wrong?
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I'm not expecting 2000 miles but I'm expecting a full season out of mine. I'm also in Canada where it's a little cooler and I pick up rubber more than shed it at the go kart track.

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They are around $75 per pair, how many miles does one need to get with lots of grip?

That said, maybe the next version will have a harder center compound to prevent this squaring off like many other sport tires.

How sticky of tires does a roundabout warrior need?


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How sticky of tires does a roundabout warrior need?
As sticky as they are willing to pay for!

For me it was more about confidence. I had a handful of instances where the stock IRC tires slipped with plenty of heat in them and not really being pushed that hard. I didn't trust them to keep me safe let alone let me push the bike's limits. Besides, I'm trying to suck my wife into riding. Lowsiding on cheap hard tires isn't a great confidence boost.

I can push the Kendas harder, faster, and won't have to worry about tire temps in October. They also communicate their limits progressively instead of all or nothing grip.

Come ride my bike when you can, I promise you'll be tossing the stockers on your next bonfire. ;]

Edit* You can get all of these things with any tire upgrade, I just chose the Kendas for the price/performance balance.

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For me it was more about confidence. I had a handful of instances where the stock IRC tires slipped with plenty of heat in them and not really being pushed that hard. I didn't trust them to keep me safe let alone let me push the bike's limits. Besides, I'm trying to suck my wife into riding. Lowsiding on cheap hard tires isn't a great confidence boost.

I can push the Kendas harder, faster, and won't have to worry about tire temps in October. They also communicate their limits progressively instead of all or nothing grip.

Come ride my bike when you can, I promise you'll be tossing the stockers on your next bonfire. ;]

Edit* You can get all of these things with any tire upgrade, I just chose the Kendas for the price/performance balance.
Exactly, the only time I’ve gone down on the road was on these stock IRC’s in a small roundabout. The Kenda’s definitely communicate what they’re doing. They’ve slipped but immediately hooked back up and let me know to tweak the rebound on the shock.

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