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post #1 of 14 Old 06-18-2015, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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TKC70 vs K60 Scout

I will be getting a new set of tires within the next 1000 miles and I am starting my homework now.

So far, I really like the K60 Scout tires by Heidenau. However, seems like a lot of folks here have been choosing the TKC70.

Just would like to know why you made that choice if you were in between the TKC70 and K60's or if you had both why you would stay/go back to the other.

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I have used both and the TKCs win hands down in the dirt, they also perform extremly well on the tar but do wear quicker because of the tread design.

I was a Heidi fan unti li tried the TKCs . i would not go back to Heids again, the rear squares off a lot affecting handling.

My next tyre to try will be Mitas E07 seems to be between the TKC and the Heidi , everyone who has used the Mitas rave about them, FYI.

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I have used both and the TKCs win hands down in the dirt, they also perform extremly well on the tar but do wear quicker because of the tread design.

I was a Heidi fan unti li tried the TKCs . i would not go back to Heids again, the rear squares off a lot affecting handling.

My next tyre to try will be Mitas E07 seems to be between the TKC and the Heidi , everyone who has used the Mitas rave about them, FYI.
Are you sure you're talking about TKC-70s, and not TKC-80s? I don't see why TKC-70s would wear quickly, or be significantly better than the K60s in dirt...?
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Are you sure you're talking about TKC-70s, and not TKC-80s? I don't see why TKC-70s would wear quickly, or be significantly better than the K60s in dirt...?

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My bad didnt read it rite, was referring to the 80s.

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I have the 70's on my 2012 Vee. I only have a few rides under my belt. They handle very well on pavement and like the Tourance on gravel. No wear indication yet. I bought another set for my BMW airhead. Basically, too new to tell long term.
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I've got k60s on my 2014 v. All round very good tire but NOT great on wet pavement. Also... the front howls like a banshee!

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Love K60s on my 2010 Wee with ABS- yes they are noisy but then you do wear earplugs.
Excellent off pavement handling - front goes where you point it ...you ride off the pavement into a reasonable gravel road and the handling feels just as stable to me.....can't say that for the P3s.

WIth ABS I'd not be too worried about slipping but then don't go carving canyons on them in the rain...
Wear like iron due to the design - almost like a dark side for for distance and yes very square right from the get go.
One Vermont rider I spoke to got 22k miles from his set.

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Love K60s on my 2010 Wee with ABS- yes they are noisy but then you do wear earplugs.
Excellent off pavement handling - front goes where you point it ...you ride off the pavement into a reasonable gravel road and the handling feels just as stable to me.....can't say that for the P3s.

WIth ABS I'd not be too worried about slipping but then don't go carving canyons on them in the rain...
Wear like iron due to the design - almost like a dark side for for distance and yes very square right from the get go.
One Vermont rider I spoke to got 22k miles from his set.

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ABS isn't going to help you in a slide....The better tire on wet pavement will be softer and have more surface area .....and lots of siping.
Ideally, we'd all be able to transform our bikes into losing 100 lbs. and growing claw-like tires when we leave the pavement. Alas, that's just not going to happen. The DL650 is a 80-20 bike, at best, so I wouldn't go more aggressive than that in a tire. (There are just so many good choices out there...)

To do so is to admit that, perhaps you are using the wrong tool....


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You only slide when the tire is locked up. The ABS prevents the lock up in most cases so you do not slide.

this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ_UkAFW6cA

and this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6kO6ltk3a0

Off pavement ...all bets are off....on pavement ...ABS wins.

If you are talking low siding in a corner...then no the ABS will not have much impact unless it is braking triggered


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I have the TKC70's front and rear. 8000 miles on the rear (with plenty of tread left) and 2500 miles on the front. They do great at interstate speeds and wear very well. I use them about 90/10. The 10% is dirt fire roads and gravel back roads in the Ozarks sometimes on steep hills and they do pretty well. I have not tried them in deep mud but suspect they are limited as it gets a little deep or deep sand. They do well on wet pavement.

I think folks have shied away form the TKC70s because there were some early reports of wobble on the front tires in certain sizes. From everything I heard it was a manufacturing issue but that was mainly speculation. I ride the interstates and four lane highways regularly at 70-75 mph and it is pretty smooth. The fronts sing a bit but nothing like K60s. I am sold on them for my style of riding and the mileage they are getting.

I was torn when I replaced the rear from a flat on the Heids or TKC70s. Now if I was in Alaska I might have gone the other way where there was a shift towards more off-road.

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