We tested the Kenda/Vision wheel
combination on a Yamaha Grizzly 700
on a trail loop that included widely
varied terrain, including hardpacked
dirt, rocky trails, deep sand washes
and soft, loamy dirt with some muddy
sections. The Bear Claw HTRs matched
the grip of the Grizzly’s stock Maxxis
tires on the hardest, slipperiest parts of
the course, and the Bear Claws hooked
up better any place there was soil or
sand for their deeper treads to dig into.
We mounted 26-inch Bear Claw HTRs
to get more ground clearance than the
Yamaha’s stock 25-inch tires, and the
slightly taller Kendas got us through
rutted, rocky sections with fewer
scrapes on the Grizzly’s skid plate.
Sturdy eight-ply construction keeps
the Kenda Bear Claw HTRs nearly free
of tire roll, even in hard corners, and we
didn’t sustain a flat or even a slow leak
despite deliberately riding the rockiest,
most punishing lines on the trail.
Vision’s 550 Style wheels fit perfectly,
though you’ll need to get extended lugs
or lugs with a 14mm hex from Vision,
your dealer or a supplier like Rocky
Mountain Cycle to mount them. There
WHAT IT IS:
Kenda’s Bear Claw has earned the
reputation as a strong performer, and
now it’s available in the new, tougher
Bear Claw HTR eight-ply radial version
to make it highly resistant to punctures
and cuts and to give the tire the
strength to handle the cornering forces
of faster, heavier UTVs and ATVs.
Radial construction is used to give this
sturdy tire a smooth ride. These tires
start at $149 for 12-inch sizes and
range to $184 for 26x11-14s. Pricing
for the Bear Claw HTR is slightly lower
than most other eight-ply radials.
Vision‘s 550 Style wheels are one-piece cast aluminum with beadlock
styling. The beadlock ring isn’t
removable, but it does function as a
reinforcing ring to prevent dings and
flat spots from harsh impacts. These
wheels also include center caps that
cover the lugs for a clean look and to
keep the lug recesses from packing
with mud and dirt. A center-cap
removal tool comes with each wheel.
The 550 Style wheels are available in
12- and 14-inch sizes, and prices start
at $102, which is $10–$15 less than
other high-quality, one-piece, cast-aluminum wheels.
isn’t room in the lug recesses to use
some machines’ stock 17mm hex lugs.
The Vision wheels completed the test
looking as good as when we started,
despite lots of abusive rock riding.
Kenda’s eight-ply Bear Claw HTR
provides impressive traction and
handling in a wide variety of terrains,
with the toughness to handle brutal,
rocky conditions. Extra-sturdy
construction makes it a very good
upgrade from most ATVs’ and UTVs’
stock tires and a worthy replacement
for high-performance UTVs that come
with premium-quality eight-ply tires.
Vision’s 550 Style wheels give
machines the rugged styling of
beadlocks and the toughness of
an outer reinforcing ring at a more
affordable price than true beadlocks. ❏
Kenda’a Bear Claw HTR is a tough, aggressive eight-ply tire designed to ward off punctures
and cuts on fast, heavy UTVs and ATVs. Mounting 26-inch Kendas on Vision’s new 550 Style
wheels gave our Grizzly a meaner look and more ground clearance than its stock 25-inch tires
and stamped wheels.
KENDA BEAR CLAW HTR TIRES
AND VISION 550 STYLE WHEELS
CONTACT: Kenda: www.kendausa.
com or you dealer. Vision: www.
visionwheel.com or your dealer.
RATING: Kenda Bear Claw HTR tires:
★★★★★. Vision 550 Style wheels:
PRICE: Kenda Bear Claw HTR tires:
$149 to $184 each. Vision 550 Style
wheels: $102 to $122 each.
Vision’s 550 Style wheels aren’t beadlocks,
but they have cool beadlock styling and the
reinforcing ring adds strength to fight dings.
The center cap covers the lugs for a clean
look and to keep the lug recesses from
packing with mud and dirt.