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post #1 of 5 Old 07-19-2006, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on Conti TKC80's?

I'm a long way from needing rubber on my 650, but a recent hike up a primitive road has me thinking... (thinking the Trailwings need to go) I followed a big GS up and down the mountain. He was riding on Conti TKC80's and I was slack-jawed at his corner speed on pavement. I had no idea you can rail on knobbies! :twisted: What kind of mileage can I expect out a set of these things? I live on the pavement, but a good set of tires might change that.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-19-2006, 11:14 PM
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Back in 2001 I put some TKC80s on a Honda NX650. This tire was virtually unknown in the U.S. back then, I had to do a lot of TKC80 research on Euro (mostly German) web sites before I finally took the plunge and ordered a set.

Holy crap those tires stick great on pavement as well as dirt. I mean those things just freaking hang onto the pavement like velcro, it's unreal. And then you go offroad and start the mud-slinging, they work great there too.

I think I did about 2k on those tires before I sold the bike, the front looked almost new while the rear was about half-gone, probably good for 4k-5k.

I will probably pick up a DRZ400S one of these days, when I do the first mod will be a set of TKC80s. 8)
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-23-2006, 10:37 AM
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I love TKC's! I ran them on my KLR650 and they were just great. The down side is mileage as I could only get about 2,500 miles from the rear and about 4000 from the front. The pavement eats them quickly. Aggressive dirt/rock does also but not as quickly. If money were no object, I would ride them all the time on both bikes. But changing so frequently is cost prohibitive for me.
On wet pavement the tire does pretty well but can break traction if pushed.


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post #4 of 5 Old 07-31-2006, 03:01 PM
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I got 1

I use a conti-TKC on my 650-Vstrom for the last 2500miles. Both the front and the rear are still intact, but soon I will need a new set of shoes. I don’t do much of off-roading, but got this for the heck of it. It does not scare you on a straight line. But in corners you need to be in control of traction. Last week, I had a ‘fish tail’ experience while crossing a wet train track.

Off road: this is the god of adventure tourers. Lighter bikes may have other options.

Feel free to ask me abt any other questions.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-06-2006, 07:18 AM
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Run them on the dl 1000

I run Tkcs fall through spring on my dl 1000.

5000 miles on front(still has plenty of rubber but the front end has some high speed wobbles from tire wear).

2500 MAX per rear. No tread in the centers left.

WET roads, slow down and have no worrys.
DRY roads, do very well, pretty sticky.

OFF ROAD!!!!! The BOMB :!: :!:

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