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post #1 of 44 Old 06-19-2016, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Continental TKC 70

Has anyone here used these tires? They're advertised as a 60/40 tire which would match my riding because although I'm going to be 90% street, I still want a tire with decent off-road performance.
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I have them on my V2 and think they are just OK.

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I may get bashed for saying this, but that is OK. I recently followed a rider with a rear TKC-80 as he hit a car. Yes, we were going fast, but I managed to miss the car and he didn't.

TKC-80 are good off road tires. Lot's of void space between knobs. However, that means less rubber on the road when your trying to corner. Everything's a compromise. When you get into one of those hail Marry situations less rubber is not good. I personally think that if you use a big block tire you need to dial back your expectations for sport handling. Know your limitations.... and your bikes limitations as outfitted. They may handle better than expected, but they will not handle as well as the best road tires.
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I may get bashed for saying this, but that is OK. I recently followed a rider with a rear TKC-80 as he hit a car. Yes, we were going fast, but I managed to miss the car and he didn't.

TKC-80 are good off road tires.
Uuum, I was asking about the 70's not the 80's.
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Well, I have about 4000 miles on a set of TKC 70's. They are noisy from day one and get worse ( front tire ) as they wear. Turn in is good, they feel light and give decent feedback. When pushing hard in turns the front tire is the limiting factor. It wants to squirm quite a bit. Under hard braking the front tire moves around a lot. Which is exactly what a tire with large voids in the tread between rubber blocks is going to do. Front tire has had 38 psi most of its life and is feathering badly. Again, typical for a tire like this. They hold better in loose gravel and dirt than the Shinko 705 ( Shinko 705 is better everywhere else ). The rear tire looks like it might not be aggressive enough to hold in loose stuff, but the blocks to the side of the continuous center rib really bite in well. I was surprised at that. I can see 7000 miles out of this rear easily. Which is very good for me. Front may make that, but I don't know if I can live with the feathering and wobble at certain speeds that causes.
I won't buy a set again. But, I would buy another rear TKC 70 and put something like a Shinko 705 on the front.

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Let me be the outlier as I think the TKC70s are an excellent set of tires and will purchase them again (they are a higher mileage dual sport tire - varying density). I am not sure how someone can categorize them as less aggressive then the Anakee 3's which I am very familiar with. One of my co-riders uses those and he struggles in anything loose (dirt, gravel, sand, and any mud) more than me that we ride frequently on our fire roads. They lack the block tread design. His may be the smoothest on the interstate though. He keeps saying he will go TKC70s on his next set. The Anakee 3's whine next to me on the highway.

I am at 9000 miles on the rear and there is a lot of tread left. If you have used the K60s the TKC70s wear just as well, are less noisy (but still make noise on front - and more on leans), are more stable on wet pavement than the K60s, and are better on the highway. My riding pattern is to go about 70 mph down the interstate for an hour to get to the Ozarks and then ride mainly dirt and/or gravel fire roads and trails. I ride with another guy that uses a TKC70 on the rear and a TKC80 in the front but he rides off-road more than I do. His are a bit rougher on the interstate with the 80 on the front. Lately, I would categorize my riding as 80/20. For even 90/10 I would not go less aggressive.

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Oops, my mistake. Nevermind.
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Junk. Rear squares badly. Front Wobbles by 50% worn. Both were expensive. Back to A3s (smooth to the wear bars) until somebody makes a better choice.

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Here you will see the good and the bad reviews.....

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I am looking for a rear tire ... Options are limited down here (Ecuador) My front is the stock and will still last a long time. Riding is 90/10 but the 10 is usually mud or loose gravel/sand when landslides or roads get torn in the winter so no way avoiding that.
For what I can see it would work fine in the rear.

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