Kenda K657 Challenger Rear Tire

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    Kenda K657 Challenger Rear Tire

 

  • Excellent handling and wet weather traction
  • 6 Ply tube/tubeless carcass designed for high speed stability
  • Matching front/rear tread pattern for more responsive handling and cornering
  • Stiff sidewall provides better performance and handling
  • Matching front/rear tread pattern for more responsive handling and cornering but can be used independently
  • H-Rated for speeds up to 130 mph
  • Item # 6097
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Overall Rating: 4.06 of 5

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I got 12k out of my last Kenda, good bang for dollars. At a 1/4 the price of tire that last the same amount of miles

Forsberg - March 15, 2017

(Balsam Lake, WI)

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Kenda

It works well on my 1979 Yamaha 750

Mike Schranz - November 4, 2016

(Glendale Heights, IL)

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Seriously the worst tire I ever bought. 1100 miles on it and it blew. Went sideways down the road. Believe me it's all over my face book and than some.

Jayn - September 16, 2016

(Clear lake, IA)

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Good for price

Good for the cost! Little too soft

Jeremy - June 10, 2016

(Strasburg, VA)

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Decent tire for the money but does have quirks

Using this on a "twingled" (close firing twin vs. alternate firing) Virago, reconfigured from a cruiser to a mountain carver (euro bars, footpegs repositioned, suspension setting). This tire is quite stiff and stable (it 'should' give an ample warning 'mush' as it goes flat - although I've not experienced a flat with this tire). Very good cornering and dry traction, and very well balanced front to rear (matched set). Two wheel drifts when corning hard in the dry are balanced and comfortable. Be ready for some startling and wild slides in the wet, especially as the tread groves get worn and rounded on the rear. Tread wear rate of rear tire center is quite abysmal. Riding lots of twisties with moderate acceleration from corners and occasional downshift braking center of rear tire was worn to the outermost cord ply in 5000 miles.

BB - October 7, 2015

(Portland, OR)

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Kenda Challenger Tires

I ride a 82 Yamaha 1100 maxim & got 12,000 miles on them front & rear. Was very happy with the even wear throughout it's 4 year life & would replace with the same. Dry grip was good even during the winter months, do not do much wet weather riding so I cannot comment on its performance. Good all around tire!

Daniel - October 2, 2015

(whichita, KS)

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great tire

If you try it you won't ever get a different tire. I run many different bands on different bikes but for my 70's and 80's bikes perform well with this tire.

jonathan - June 18, 2015

(Ann Arbor, MI)

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Not bad for cheep tires

Got around 3.5k-4k on the rear on my 2005 FLHT and it's bald. Wet traction is not bad at first but drops rapidly as the tire wears down. Going to put the Michelin Commander II back on- it's worth the money got 18k out of the last rear.

Lewis - November 7, 2014

(Melbourne, FL)

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Challenger Rear Tire

I do like this tire as far as the look and the dry ride. I would like a better design for the cornering and wet ride. I think it is a little loose when you run into wet weather. I also don't feel as comfortable in the corners with this tire.

G Garland - April 27, 2014

(Big Spring, TX)

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Kenda 657 Challenger Rear Tire

Good tire for the price. A little hard to balance. Not any miles on it yet, but I've been told they wear well.

John - January 3, 2014

(Sonora, CA)

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Value and long trad life vs cornering and wet handling

First thing you may notice if you are mounting this tire yourself is that it is hard to get it to bead seat. Set it in the sun or otherwise warm it up and use Murphys tire and tube mounting compound and you will get it to seat first time. I spent 3 days fooling around with it until I figured this out. I have installed a lot of tubeless tires, probably over 1000 in my years in a shop and privately. These tires are a nylon mix so they are not pliable when cold.

Jw - December 17, 2013

(Hb, CA)

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kenda rear tire

Good tire for price.

charles - December 17, 2013

(ewing, MO)

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excellent tire for the price

Tire handles great, very stable and great for cruising. Tread life is way better than the Dunlop 404's that I had on previously. Would definitely buy another set when I need them. Hopefully not for a long time!

toofast311 - November 15, 2013

(springdale, pa, PA)

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Second One for me...

I just bought the second tire for my VT - 750C Honda Motorcycle, I weigh 160# and do not ride with a passenger ordinarily. The first one of these tires lasted 2 seasons (5,000 miles). It is typically dry here so wet traction is something I cannot rate for this tire. Through all of the riding I did on the first tire I was very pleased with the performance so now I have a fresh one mounted.

Lewis - November 7, 2013

(Reno, NV)

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Kenda Challenger 130/90/17

Put 9000 miles on my first Challenger on my 77 GL100 full dresser. The tire was just down to the wear bars. Clearly I am not hard on tires, but I have been known to drag the pegs, and this tire performs great! I ride year round in Detroit, only snow and ice keep me off the road. I have ridden this tire in 20 degree weather, and last year in 101 actual air temps! Tire has always performed well.

Tom - July 24, 2013

(Royal Oak, MI)