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Kenda tires + motorcycle jack

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Thought I'd post a working review of two Kenda tires along with a floor jack. I have these same tires on a Kawasaki ZG1000 Concours, a rather heavy bike for a 1000 sport tourer and they have performed flawlessly in dry and rain and only took a normal amount of balance weight. The current 1200 GW Conti-Tour tires are way way over date and the front enters into a parking lot tank slapper I presume due to middle thread wear. There is a definite ledge.

The jack cost $69. I sprayed the rollers and jack screw with chain lube before attempting to lift the bike which it did easily.
Tires ordered through Amazon sold by Chaparral. Ordered on Thursday arrived Saturday!
Kenda 657 130/90/16
Kenda 673 150/90/15
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They sent me a rear instead of a front 130/90/16 馃槧 Guess I'll mount it reverse direction. The sipe angles suggest that will channel water away from the middle and iirc rears are designed for drive torque fronts for braking.
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My 3 year old 10 gallon air compressor locked up and popped the circuit breaker. Oil level was right on the middle too damn. This delayed me some so the rear will have to wait.
Every brake slider and anti-dive pivot was terrible with dried grease and rust so it's good to do such jobs yourself and clean/regrease these areas the service department will skip on a tire change. The wheel cleaned up nicely too. It only took a 1/4 oz of weight to static balance with the existing weights left in place.
Looking forward to a test ride once the rains let up.
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Both are mounted now. The rear wouldn't settle in one place on the static balance stand so it has no wheel weight, old Continental didn't have any either. Weird.
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First impression after a highway commute; fantastic, much better than the old tires. Feels grippy at stoplights, no more low speed wobble, no complaints. I can't judge against other brands in similar condition but considering how it was before money well spent.

One final note: a cracked rubber valve stem on the front rim escaped my attention so when it was taken out for the first test ride I was unaware the tire was flat until rolling. The bias ply belts must be pretty stiff.
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If you have rubber valve stems always replace them with every new tire. Best to just change to metal stems.
Right, being in a hurry is a mistake. Luckily I had a spare rim with a metal stem to swap from.
This morning's ride went well towards confidence for my 2k mile ride this weekend. Runs and handles like nearly new.
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