Hey,does anyone have a opinion on the kenda htr's? they look to be a cool tire to mount on my 08 500 efi.
hey thanks for the feedback, can't wait to hear how they work out. was looking atthe same tires the bighorns were quite expensive, liked the grims then found these and like the looks and the price the best but have'nt heard much for what riders have to say. where did you purchase these if I may ask?Hey,does anyone have a opinion on the kenda htr's? they look to be a cool tire to mount on my 08 500 efi.
I can not offer any first hand experience with the Kenda Bearclaw HTRs yet... But I will be able to soon. They are being shipped now. Should have them on by the weekend. Weather has been great in my area lately can not wait to get out!
During my research on my tire options, I read a lot, as many people do, of online reviews and forum postings on a many different types of tires. I do not have the luxury of real world testing...lol
My criteria on selecting a new set of tires was:
- I wanted Radials
- Aggressive trail tire, but not an all out mud tire... (no offense to the mud crowd!)
- 14 " size (2011 550 X2 - XP)
- Weight was a consideration given I am riding a 550
- Durability as I ride in very remote locations, often alone...
- Size, as there can be rubbing issues with the Touring and X2 models I would stick to 26" sizing
I narrowed it down in no particular order to the following tires:
There are other great tires I know but many of them are not offered in 26" eg. Mudlite Xtrs are 27" Maxxis Vipr are 27" you get the picture...
- Maxxis Bighorns (their reputation is legendary)
- ITP Terracross RT XD (I eliminated this tire because the new XD is specifically aimed at SXS applications, concerned about stiffness the reg RT in 14" is a 3ply...)
- GBC Grim Reaper (I came very close to getting the Grims)
- GBC Spartacus (The Spartacus was right there with the Grims)
- STI Black Diamond XTR (Actually bought these tires but they measured small and I had issues with them, returned to supplier...)
- Kenda Bearclaw HTR
I eliminated Pitbulls due to their weight and cost. They are an awsome tire though...Jacobs ATV Mag does a great review on them..(Maybe when I get an 850!)
I also eliminated the Sedona Ripsaws due to their weight and the fact they advertise them as being built from "truck tire" rubber...stiff and heavy...
In the end it was a very tough call, I would say a 3 way split between the Bighorns, Grims, & Kenda HTRs.
I chose the Kenda HTRs as I liked the tread pattern, they are not aimed exclusively at the SxS market, Kenda places it in the utility category. They are reported to run very smooth and perform well. I run some long distances on forest access roads, as a result I decided to go for some added comfort...hopefully.
I will let you know how this all pans out!
Make a long story shorter if you want a radial the Kenda HTR Radial may be a good fit for your 500.
Sorry to hear you haven't been getting the help you needed here. Lots of good helpers around, you must have tough questions :biglaugh:thanks for welcoming me. its too bad no one wants to answere this or any other question i ask on this site. i must not have enough posts to qualify to be answered.
You may be thinking about the regular bias ply Kenda Bearclaws... The Kenda Bearclaw HTRs are 8 ply and radials.I have a set of Bearclaws coming today. From what I gathered in my research they are one of the best selling ATV tires around. They have a good pattern, are 6 ply and durable. Not to mention you can't beat the price. I would give them a shot.
Ah, your right. Sorry about that.You may be thinking about the regular bias ply Kenda Bearclaws... The Kenda Bearclaw HTRs are 8 ply and radials.I have a set of Bearclaws coming today. From what I gathered in my research they are one of the best selling ATV tires around. They have a good pattern, are 6 ply and durable. Not to mention you can't beat the price. I would give them a shot.
Kenda - Bearclaw
Kenda - Bearclaw HTR
If they work as good as they look, you should be set for some hard core riding. :fing02: