Tire season has returned -- this year's recommendations?


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Tire season has returned -- this year's recommendations?

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Anyone got any rider reports to help people decide which tires to get -- or avoid -- this year?


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I like the round ones.
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I have the Kenda Kruz tires on mine, I bought them a couple of years ago mainly because they were the only ones I could find what with the Covid shortages, but I really like them, the tires are so robust and the sidewalls so strong that last year while riding the interstate I went thru a construction zone and a couple of miles later I noticed the bike handled kinda funny at 70MPH, thought maybe a bearing was a little loose but I only had about two more hours to ride and I would be home so wasnt too worried, but after arriving I was surprised to find a good sized hole in the tire and NO air pressure. Later that summer I got a hole in rear tire of the Harley going thru another construction zone and it happened again, only difference was I had Michelin commanders on it and that bike was not rideable, fortunately I had an emergency plug kit and compressor to get me home, I ordered a Kenda Kruz for it.
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Re: Tire season has returned -- this year's recommendations?

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I'm seeing some mixed reviews on the Kenda Kruz. Any issues with them?
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No I haven’t but to be honest the only time I have had an issue with any tire brand was a new set of Avon Venom-X tires that had large chunks flying off the rear tire and they would not warranty it, never bought them again
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I’m just looking for best online store. Dunlop Elite 4 is what has always been on my bike.
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Dunlop E-4's for me too. I know they're pricey but I really like they help make the bike a little more "nimble" and they are really tough.
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I'm happy with the E4 on the rear of my 1500, about 12K miles, and half of those with a heavy camper trailer riding 2-up cross country. And it isn't dead yet. If I don't pull the camper across country again this year I think the rear tire will last this season, too. It's a little thin, but I only do a couple thousand miles if I don't take a long camper trip.

Front E4 is too new to tell, just put it on last year.... It replaced an E3 that was 8 yrs old but still had plenty tread left.
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Post by Mike D 1990 Goldwing »

I don't ride as much as everybody else; I have Dunlop tires that still have a fair amount of tread left on them, but they are 8 years old. I have read that the tires should not be left on for more than 5 years. I checked the price on the Kenda Kruz compared to the Dunlop and others, the price is about 1/2 the price of the others. So does anyone have any information on them, I checked the reviews on 2 different places that I checked prices, and they were all good. Usually, the bad reviews are posted because the people with complaints are mad, so they complain fast. I had never heard of the Kenda tires until I saw a post on here. Another brand that is kind of new is the Shinko. Any information will help me decide which one to get.


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