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Old 02-09-2015, 01:25 PM
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Kenda Bearclaw HTR questions

Hey guys, looking for any and all reviews, good or bad, on the Kenda Bearclaw HTRís. What little Iíve been able find has all been good, but no one has followed up with any long term thoughts or reviews. I know everyone loves their tires when new, but after some miles, opinions can change.

I bring this up because Iím not too far off from replacing my PB Rockers. No way I will pay that much for another set of tires for my ATV. The price is up to $850 for the size I want to move up to. Iím looking to go to a 28Ē tire, and Iím finding the choices a bit limited. Bighorns only 28Ē tire comes only in 28x10x14 and I donít know that I would like a 10Ē wide tire on the front. About $600 for a set. I slapped my 26x11x14 Bighorns (exact same size as my 26.5x11x14 Rockers) on the front yesterday and took it for a bit of a ride. The steering was difficult and it didnít want to track very straight. The only other offering for Bighorns comes in the 28x9 and 28x11 sizing, the size I want, but only in a Bighorn 2.0. Not happening!

I happened to stumble across the sizing for the HTRís and found that they make a 28x9 and 28x11 set in the 14Ē size, and the price is very reasonable at around $530 for a set. Thatís when I got interested and started looking for more info on them. It sounds like they measure a true 28Ē tall at trail riding pressures, around 5-6 psi. Now Iím even more interested, but as I mentioned earlier, Iím looking for more input from those who actually own them. Not necessarily in my size, although that would be nice, but just comments on how they perform in different conditions, how they wear and how they ride. Anybody owned Bighorns and HTR's both that could make that comparison? Any comments appreciated.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:33 PM
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Mine have been great so far. I have around 700 miles on them and the tread wear is great. We ride the roads around my place to get to a few riding spots, the fronts look almost untouched and the rears just have a little rounding on the lugs...I can get a few pics if you want.

My style of riding Is high speed trail riding on mostly hard pack and some sand, and I have to say these things work awesome. The ride at slow speeds is a little choppy which I found odd, but it could also be because of the reasons in the next paragraph. It almost feels like one of them is out of round.

The bad part is my first set which was ordered through simpletire.com were defective. 3 of the 4 wouldn't hold air for more than a week and they felt out of round, almost like a flat spot. But with that said, their customer service is top notch. I filled out the online warranty card on a Tuesday and had a full new set at my door that same Friday after a few emails back and fourth.

I still haven't gotten the new ones mounted yet, but hopefully they are not choppy and hold air for more than a week.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:38 PM
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I've got about 500 or so miles on mine. I had 1 tire with a slow bead leak but after several attempts ( no charge ) by my local tire shop they fixed it. The tires are wearing very well IMO. I don't ride any tar to speak of. Well they do not excel at any one thing they hold their own in most conditions. Ride is smooth on hard pack at all speeds. Clean out well in moderate MN mud. Climb logs pretty good. And not bad for snow(plowing).
Never had BH. For the price I don't really think you could do much better.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:51 PM
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I know when I was tossing around the idea of the Kenda HTR's vs the Kenda Executioners, I was reading up about them from a few guys who have them over on the Can Am forums. They were saying that they really liked them and the rubber compound was really long lasting. I had stumbled upon that thread while looking under Google pictures.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:17 PM
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............ The ride at slow speeds is a little choppy which I found odd, but it could also be because of the reasons in the next paragraph. It almost feels like one of them is out of round.
I had the same feeling. I brought the fronts in to Discount Tire and had them balanced. Problem solved.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:19 PM
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That is so funny, I was thinking of asking about these tires. I think they would be a great tire for the riding I do, mostly sandy roads and sand dunes with a little hard pack. They look like they will hook up great in these kind of conditions. I was looking to get them soon, but found that the 489 2 to be ok tires out there. I would not get them again but they are not too bad. Probably wait till these things wear a bit before getting new tires. I am interested to hear what people say about these tires though.
ok video, song is a little annoying
but you can see how the tire kicks sand like a paddle almost.

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Old 02-09-2015, 05:55 PM
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I have about 4000kms (2500miles) on mine. 26/9/12 and 26/11/12. I really like them. Smooth, grip pretty good, wear well (75-80%) left..
I did develop an issue with the rears losing air. Could never find any leaks. Would go flat in about a week.
Filled out a warranty form with KENDA and had 4 brand new tires on my doorstep THAT SAME WEEK. I have since added a bottle of slime to each tire and they have stopped leaking. I haven't mounted the new ones, still running the old and will till their done.
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:06 PM
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I'm guessing you don't want to buy 15in rims, but EFX motoclaws come in 28x9 and 11.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:34 PM
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............ The ride at slow speeds is a little choppy which I found odd, but it could also be because of the reasons in the next paragraph. It almost feels like one of them is out of round.
I had the same feeling. I brought the fronts in to Discount Tire and had them balanced. Problem solved.
When the new set gets put on I'll be getting them balanced. I tried to get the shop that mounted them to balance them but they said couldn't do it their machine, I called a few other places and they all said the same.

I finally found a place to do it but they want $20 a tire to just balance. So I'm just going to wait and have the new set mounted and balanced there as its only $25...go figure.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:57 PM
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Neither shop in my small town would try. Told me it was not needed. Drove 25 min to discount tire and they did it for free while I waited ( I buy all my car/truck tires there ). That will clear up the problem I would think for you. Mine took a lot of weight on both front. Did not do rears. Good luck!
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