Over 9 months ago
Location: Dalton, GA
22x11-9 Kenda Klaw XC
I bought these tires to get a little more top speed out of my shaft-drive 250ex. The stock dunlop 22 inch tires it had were actually closer to 20 inch, so these kenda's looked like monsters in comparison. The kendas measure 21.5 at 2-3 psi and a full 22 when pumped up rock hard. Being 6 ply makes a heavy tire, which I don't like, but there aren't many choices in this price range.
So I mounted them up and took off across a dew soaked lawn to do some donuts. I almost flipped! I've never seen a tire bite so well on wet grass. So I spent the next few days trying to figure out how many lugs I have to cut off to make them slide. I ended up removing 4lbs of lugs. If you want them to slide, you have to pump them rock hard and even then its not easy. The 250 just doesn't have enough power to break them loose. They're tall, heavy, and bite too well on the side. But I got what I wanted... the top speed. I lost the ability to slide around curves, which, ironically, slows me down a lot and makes riding unpredictable.
My only complaint about the tire itself is that its 6 ply. It doesn't need to be that thick. Its not a mud tire, its a sport tire and lightness should trump puncture resistance. Other than that, I'm a big fan of kenda. The tread pattern isn't super aggressive, which I like. Contrasted to Holeshots' aggressive tread (which I hate), you can never tell if you're going to slide when you nail it OR lose the ability to steer because your front wheels are off the ground. But Kendas have a good balance of slip with bite. I have the 20inch version on a 250 quadsport. It slides with ease. Kendas also last a long time. I have 2 sets of fronts and a set of backs that I bought in 2007 that still look fairly new.
If you're sure you want a 22 inch tire, the kendas are as good as any and are probably much cheaper. I'd recommend the 20s though, unless you just have to have 22s like I did.