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post #1 of 5 Old 09-09-2017, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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How different will these knobblies be?

I've had my wee for almost a year now, about 6k miles. I've signed up for the BlackSwanMoto offroad course in November, just for the experience, so I ordered a set of TKC-80's, and the shop is installing them as I write this.

How different is riding around town and the highway going to be from the stock Trailwings I've been riding on? Is there anything I should know about so that I don't kill myself at highway speeds?
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Not as different as you might think. There will be some low speed vibration from the tires, more noise. But they stick in corners better than you would ever think. I do NOT trust them on wet pavement, but that may be from bad experiences with true knobbies from my younger days........

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Too bad you didn't go with the Shinko big block 804/805 tires, as they are amazing off pavement and even better on pavement "yes even in the rain" than they should be......and CHEAP!!!!! Be sure you air down those TKC 80's to around 20 psi at your training course, will make a world of difference off pavement.

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I suspect I lack the nuanced riding style of many on this board but when I switched from Tourance Nexts to Shinko 800s I noticed nothing particular on the tarmac that made me think I was limiting myself. Also when I need them off road it is a lot more critical than any issues I will encounter on pavement. So now I just run them all the time. I think they are very similar to the Contis except price.
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When I went from Shinkos to Heidenau Scouts, the only real change in road feel was vibration at about 25km/h (particularly when slowing) and at about 130-140 km/h. I won't complain about either!
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