When I first received my set of Kenda Cataclysms Motorcycle Tires, they gave me a very “sporty” impression. These tires just *look* like they’re made for a more aggressive driving style. With no center tread, I was leaving behind what I’m used to and stepping out of my comfort zone.
Like most tires these days, Kenda has designed this new set in the dual-compound fashion – meaning a tougher material in the center for longer life, and a softer material for added grip on the outside.
The dual-compound design and lack of tread in the center (along with my preconceived notion of a sporty look) left me thinking that these tires may have been made for the twisties. So, naturally, I headed for the twistiest road in my area.
**Braking and traction** On my way to test the side grip, I tested the center traction. When I say this, I mean that beat up the tires with repeated braking tests. Accelerate, brake, repeat at higher speeds and shorter stopping distances. Added in sand, gravel, wet roads. None of it mattered. I managed to stop exactly as quickly as I wanted, without so much as a tiny skid. To be perfectly blunt, this was a pleasant surprise to me as I expected these tires to excel at turns and lack in vertical traction.
**Turning and twisties** In Florida most of our roads are flat and straight, so every regular rider finds the curviest road nearby and hauls ass down it repeatedly when they need a breather. Mine is just twisty enough to really lean into with the added bonus of constantly being wet and sandy, making it a perfect way to test out the grip. At each curve, I accelerated a bit more and leaned just a little harder, and I felt like these tires were definitely right at home.
After a couple hundred miles, I am more comfortable with these tires than I ever expected to be and look forward to reporting back after hundreds more.