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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-11-2018, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone tried the Kenda Cataclysm tires?

Okay, so baby needs a new pair of shoes, and I'm on a budget ... Yeah yeah bad - I know - but work with me here..


I'm looking at a set of Kenda K6702 Cataclysm tires and am wondering if anyone has tried a set? They are supposed to be a dual compound tire like the Dunlap AE, for about half the price.



My riding style varies from daily commuting, to two up long rides, to the occasional extremely aggressive shenanigans ... So all weather grip - and progressive/predictable breakaway - is extremely critical for me.



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Their technology center is 300 yards from the garage I work out of. I wasn't aware they made bike tires. I've thought of stopping in the to inquire more than once.

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Has anyone tried the Kenda Cataclysm tires?

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Okay, so baby needs a new pair of shoes, and I'm on a budget ... Yeah yeah bad - I know - but work with me here..


I'm looking at a set of Kenda K6702 Cataclysm tires and am wondering if anyone has tried a set? They are supposed to be a dual compound tire like the Dunlap AE, for about half the price.



My riding style varies from daily commuting, to two up long rides, to the occasional extremely aggressive shenanigans ... So all weather grip - and progressive/predictable breakaway - is extremely critical for me.



Thoughts?
The OEM tires might be cheaper than you think. I recently bought new Dunlop OEMs for my RG. i checked the price online and also the cost of mounting and balancing at non-Harley dealers first. Our local dealer was having a sale. The tires were the same price or a little lower, and mounting and balance was $95 for both tires. A number of dealers are not doing well financially, and are doing things unheard of at HD such as sales of products and services.

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you sure they fit? i know they don't make them in the cvo sizes, 19 front, 18 rear. but it shows that they make an 18 front, 16 rear. the prices on them are not that much less than the avon cobras, or the american elites. both of which are highly rated tires.

also, double check the load ratings. the rear seems right, but the front seems a little low, though i'm not sure off the top of my head what the stock load rating is.

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you sure they fit? i know they don't make them in the cvo sizes, 19 front, 18 rear. but it shows that they make an 18 front, 16 rear. the prices on them are not that much less than the avon cobras, or the american elites. both of which are highly rated tires.

also, double check the load ratings. the rear seems right, but the front seems a little low, though i'm not sure off the top of my head what the stock load rating is.
I don't have a CVO, I've got a 10 FLTRX so 16/18 is fine, and the load ratings are within range. JP Cycles has the Kenda set on sale now for $220.98 or $198.88 with the 10% Veterans day discount. So the Kenda set is cheaper than just the rear from most brands ... And I can't seem to find a bad review on them.


Kenda Tires K6702 Cataclysm 180/65B16 Rear Tire $124.99
Kenda Tires K6702 Cataclysm 130/70B18 Front Tire $95.99


It's damn tempting to give them a shot.

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The OEM tires might be cheaper than you think. I recently bought new Dunlop OEMs for my RG..
Fair point, buy my local dealer isn't a huge fan of discounts (deep or otherwise), and the service department is too high-horse uppity for my liking.


Historically I've always changed my own tires, but I can't use spoons on the chrome Reaper rims, so I'm toying with trying the ziptie method.
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Finally got the Kenda Cataclysms mounted yesterday, and only have maybe 20 miles on them. But - first impressions - the ride is much smoother than the Dunlop AEs ... I don't know that I would it call it dramatically smoother, but it is definitely (cloud like) noticeable. And the profile makes for an extremely aggressive (as in pleasantly effortless) drop into corners.


It will take a while to get used to them before I start playing with how predictable/forgiving the edge of traction is, but the my initial impression so far is I'm happy with them.
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Okay curious puck that I am I couldn't resist at least poking at where the edge might be, and traction wise, these things are stickier that trying to pry a squid off a window. Even when getting - edge of foolishly - heavy handed with the brakes Trixie stopped before I could get the ABS to kick in. And when launching hard (1,1000rpms to 2/3rds throttle) across a 3" wide solid painted line there wasn't even a hint of slippage ... The AEs would have let go before I even hit the line pulling that shit.


Now time will tell what kind of mileage I get out these tires, but traction wise the Kenda Cataclysms are a definite - She said flog me harder daddy I wand more level - win!

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Might be right up my alley. I am always looking for tires with the most grab, especially in the wet. My stock 15 RGS tires are ok. But I've had better. I don't care if they only last a season (my short season that is). I might get through the summer on my current ones but I'll have these on my list next. Thank you.

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All is not well in testing land:
While the wet weather grip is excellent, I did finally get a chance to get Trixie enough room to open her up...and she now has a bit of a wiggling problem. It's a soft head shake at around 90 that is just pronounced enough to make one not want to push farther. in a corner at 95 she's fine (which was interesting..), but straight line she wants to wiggle.


Tire pressure was set at the shop to 36psi rear, and 34.5 front. So I raised it to 42psi rear (sidewall max), and 38 front. I'll find out later in the week if that helped or hurt the situation ... But a speed wobble is a definite deal breaker for the Kenda tire test.


On a side note: The Dunlop AE's also wobbled a bit when the pressure got low, so I'm hoping that'll be the fix ... But I won't know for sure until later in the week when I get her out on the highway again.


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