Motorcycle

Technical Information

Tire Selection
When selecting Kenda tires for your motorcycle be sure they meet the requirements of the motorcycle, your intended use, match up with your wheels/rims, have proper speed rating and load carrying capacity. Contact Kenda for more information.

Front/Rear tire matching
Tires designated as front wheel fitment should only be mounted in the front position. Likewise, tires designated for rear wheel fitment should only be mounted in the rear position. Mixing new and used front and rear tires, and visa versa, can cause instability and unpredictable handling. Likewise, mixing radials and non-radials can also cause the same issues. Kenda recommends that you do not mix either of these, as it is unsafe.

Tubes
When fitting a new tire on a wheel/rim requiring a tube, a new tube should be installed at the same time. Old tubes become stretched and if an old tube is fitted within a new tire, it can crease and fail due to thinning of the tube rubber. Kenda does not recommend repairing tubes. Make sure to check the size marking on the tube to be sure it matches your tire size. Do not fit Kenda tubes in radial motorcycle tires. Contact Kenda for more information.

Tire Pressures & Tire Inspection
Always check your tire pressure when the tires are cold and inspect for your tires wear and possible damage before each ride. It is by far the most important function of tire maintenance you can perform. If you add heavier loads or another passenger to you motorcycle, a higher tire pressure is required. However, never exceed maximum load indicated on tire sidewall or vehicle capacity load found in owner’s manual. Under inflated tires can result in tire failure. Contact Kenda and consult your owners manual for more information.

Speed Ratings
SEE SPEED RATINGS CHART NEXT PAGE. Speed ratings are recognized by the Industry Standards Organization (ISO). Always match the tire speed rating to your motorcycle requirement. Contact Kenda or consult your owners manual for more information.

Run-In period
New tires should not be subjected to maximum power or extreme cornering until the new tire has traveled at least 100 miles. This will allow the rider to get used to the feel of the tires and their performance characteristics. Remember a new tire has very different performance characteristics than a used tire of the same make/model.

Tire repair and modification
Kenda does not recommend repairing tires. Kenda also does not condone the use of liquid sealants as a tire repair device. Kenda does not recommend ANY type of tire modification. Instead, faulty tires should be replaced with comparable new tires.

Wheels & Tire Balance
It is crucial that tire and wheel assemblies be balanced properly before use. Unbalanced tire and wheel assemblies can potentially lead to tire failure. Bent or cracked wheels/rims should be replaced immediately. Contact your Kenda tire dealer to ensure proper tire to wheel installation and balancing.

Load Carrying capacities
Make sure your tires have a sufficient load carrying capacity for your vehicle and added weight. When calculating your load capacity, take into account the weight of the motorcycle, the weight of any additional luggage or gear, and whether you carry passengers. Proper tire inflation is necessary when making this calculation. Never exceed the vehicle load capacity noted on the VIN plate, in your motorcycle owner’s manual, or the maximum load noted on your tires sidewall.

Tire installation and Mounting
Kenda does not recommend installing your own tires or tubes. Contact your Kenda tire dealer to ensure proper installation & mounting.

Tread Depth
Make sure to replace tires before they reach their tread wear indicator bars (1/32” tread depth remaining). Excessive tread wear can result in tire failure.

 

LOAD INDEX

L.I. L.B.

L.I. L.B.

L.I. L.B.

33 254

50 419

67 677

34 260

51 430

68 694

35 267

52 441

69 716

36 276

53 454

70 739

37 282

54 467

71 761

38 291

55 481

72 783

39 300

56 494

73 805

40 309

57 507

74 827

41 320

58 520

75 853

42 331

59 536

76 882

43 342

60 551

77 908

44 353

61 567

78 937

45 364

62 584

79 963

46 375

63 600

80 992

47 386

64 617

81 1019

48 397

65 639

82 1047

49 408

66 661

83 1074

KENDA MOTORCYCLE STREET
TIRE SIZE CONVERSION CHART

FRONT TIRES

METRIC

ALPHA

INCH

80/90

MH90

2.50 to 2.75

90/90

MJ90

2.75 to 3

100/90

MM90

3.25 to 3.50

110/90

MN90

3.75 to 4

120/80

 

4.25 to 4.50

120/90

MR90

4.25 to 4.50

130/90

MT90

5 to 5.10

REAR TIRES

METRIC

ALPHA

INCH

110/90

MP85

4 to 4.25

120/90

MR90

4.50 to 4.75

130/80

 

5 to 5.10

130/90

MT90

5 to 5.10

140/80

 

5.50 to 6

140/90

MU90

5.50 to 6

150/80

MV85

6 to 6.25

150/90

MV85

6 to 6.25

KENDA MOTORCYCLE KNOBBY
TIRE SIZE CONVERSION CHART

FRONT TIRES

METRIC

ALPHA

INCH

70/100

80/90

2.75/3

80/100

90/90

3/3.25

90/100

90/100

3.25

REAR TIRES

METRIC

ALPHA

INCH

90/100

100/80

3.60/4.10

100/90

110/80

4.10/4.60

110/90

120/80

4.50/5.10

110/100

130/80

5.1

Speed Ratings

Rating

Max MPH

F

50

J

62

K

68

L

75

M

81

N

87

P

94

Q

99

R

106

S

112

H

130

V

149

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