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Kenda Kruz Tires

Postby bstig60 » Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:22 pm



I have a matched set of Kenda Kruz tires on my 99 Goldwing. At just over 17000 miles the rear tire is ready to be changed. The front tire still has about 1/2 tread left, so I expect to get another 5 or 6000 miles out of it. I have an E3 that I plan to run on the rear that has about the same mileage left as the front, so I can replace both front and rear at the same time.
This is my second set of Kenda Kruz tires on a GL1500. I had a set on my 88 that I had about 7000 miles on when I sold the bike and there was little sign of wear. The specs on the tire are the same as the factory specs for the tires on the GL1500. Since I don't carry a passenger, nor a lot of extra weight on trips, this is adequate for my needs. When I installed the Kenda Kruz tires, I had them conventionally balanced. After about 1500 miles the tires started to get a little noisy at about 35-45 MPH, so I decided to put Dyna-Beads in them. That helped, but they are still a little noisy in turns at slower speeds. No signs of cupping, though. I run 38 rear and 35 front Cold. I run a TPMS system and have seen the air pressure increase several pounds and the rear tire temp at 130 degrees in hot weather at freeway speeds. Considering the fact that the cost of both tires was less than a rear tire in Avon Venom or Dunlop E3, I consider them an excellant tire that more than meets the needs of most riders. I highly recommend them......


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Re: Kenda Kruz Tires

Postby lacanars » Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:51 pm

Last year at the start of the season I needed new tires on my '82 GL1100I. I decided to give the Kenda Kruz tires a try as many people seemed happy with them. I didn't really like to feel of them from the time I put them on. They didn't seem grip to the road like I would have liked. After about 5,000 miles I had a flat tire on the rear, I thought to myself the tread is still really good on it but I don't want to ride on tires that are patched. I looked to see what caused the leak and found as the picture shows a failure in the tread line.
The manufacture required me to go through the dealer I bought them from for any type of warranty and they told me that they contacted the manufacture with no response. I will not ever buy a Kenda tire again. I am putting Michelin Commander II tires on this time, I had a front one on the bike when I bought it and liked the way it felt.

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Re: Kenda Kruz Tires

Postby bstig60 » Mon Apr 04, 2016 3:53 pm

Up to you what tires you want. That looks like a glass cut, not a tread failure. I am on my 4th set of Kenda Kruz without any problems.. Keep in mind that any tire can fail under the right circumstances.
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Re: Kenda Kruz Tires

Postby nightprowl3r » Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:24 am

I installed a set of kenda kruz tires before a trip to alaska and back on my 1500 . At 7500 miles after returning into states the front tire bubbled out the side and failed . After changing front tire and checking rear tire i tried to make it home from rapid city sd . The rear tire failed the next day 300 miles later throwing off tread in chunks . I was averaging over 600 miles a day with a loaded down bike . These tires may be good for short trips where heat doesnt become a factor but i will never use them again from my experience .

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Re: Kenda Kruz Tires

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Re: Kenda Kruz Tires

Postby billbob » Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:31 am

I have a set on my 98 gl1500 SE with little over 1000 miles ,so far so good.

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Re: Kenda Kruz Tires

Postby bstig60 » Sat Jul 02, 2016 3:41 pm

I am on my second set on my 1500 with over 18000 miles on the first set. No problems.
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Re: Kenda Kruz Tires

Postby 702scottc » Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:22 am

I ran Kendas on my 1500 and had no luck with them. I learned my lesson about putting cheap tires on your bike. You get what you pay for. For the amount of work involved to replace a rear tire on the 1500 use the best you can get. E3 Dunlops or Avon seem to be the best. I had E3's on my 1500 when I sold it.

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Re: Kenda Kruz Tires

Postby bstig60 » Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:34 am

As I said, I am on my second set of Kenda's on this bike. I had a set of them on my 88 that I had about 10K miles on when I sold it. No issues and they handle and ride well. I had an E3 rear tire that I wanted to use this summer before I replaced the rear Kenda on my bike. The Dunlop was on my spare rear wheel. I ran it about 5K miles before it separated in several places and Dunlop would not stand behind it. So much for expensive tire reliability. I also run Kenda Kruz on my Yamaha Virago 1100, no problems there either. I can tell you from long experience, the price you pay for a tire doesn't relate to its quality! Tire pressure is the most important thing to consider when running tires on any bike. Keeping the tire pressure to the recommended cold inflation pressure stamped on the tire is important to wear and reliability. The pressure recommended by Honda for the Goldwing is a bit short....... Tires heat up! That causes an increase in pressure. Run a TPMS and you will see what happens.


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