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Has anyone had any experience with TKC70's on an 09 DL 650. I was surprised by the wear pattern on the front tyre as it appears each second section of the tyre wore down below the legal limit. The tyre has done about 10,000klms. The dealer said firstly, that it was due to the roundabouts in Canberra (appears to be first response to any tyre issue in Canberra), then agreed the wear pattern didn't look right and lastly, gave me an acceptable deal on a new set of tyres. The dealer has suggested that this is just how the tyres wear. I contacted Continental Australia but disappointingly have not had any response.
I'm interested if anyone has had any experience with how TKC-70's have worn. I've had TKC-80s and had no problem. Needless to say, I'm not buying Continental tyres!
 

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I had a set of TKC 70s on my Vee2. Replaced them both after 13000 kms. Changed them out early because of a big trip. Probably had 1000 kms left on the rear and maybe 3000 kms on the front. My front wore similarly to yours but obviously not as quickly. It had noticeably more wear on the leading side of the blocks. Did you do a lot of commuting and braking with the front brake? My kms were more on country roads.
 

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I dumped my TK70s at 15500ks they had the same wear pattern and never inspired confidence in their ability to provide grip.
 

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I had a set of TKC 70s on my Vee2. Replaced them both after 13000 kms. Changed them out early because of a big trip. Probably had 1000 kms left on the rear and maybe 3000 kms on the front. My front wore similarly to yours but obviously not as quickly. It had noticeably more wear on the leading side of the blocks. Did you do a lot of commuting and braking with the front brake? My kms were more on country roads.
Thanks for your comments. My klms were mostly country roads. Interesting it was the same wear pattern. It's quite weird with one section wearing evenly (and lightly) and then the next wearing severely and unevenly. It's like there is a different tyre compound used in each alternate section of the tyre. Continental are definitely off the list for me.
 

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Typical wear. Once you have tires with blocks like these, almost knobby in shape, you can expect this type of wear. Increase pressure for highway use to about 39 psi for better pavement wear. I have about 10,000 kms on mine and they are still good to go for now.
 

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Reviews seem to be all over the place on these tires, that isn't real confidence inspiring.
 

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I find it really difficult to assess tire wear. There are so many variables that are hard to control during the life of the tire. Air pressure, load, driving style, road conditions, road construction, wheel balance, manufacturing defects etc. Higher pressure, as Realshelby states does seem to help to reduce this specific type of wear on a front tire. A knobby type front tire like the TKC 70, Kenda Big Blocks, TKC 80 and Shinko 804 commonly show this type of wear on my GS. Be careful writing off an entire brand of tire due to lumpy front tire wear, as you may find yourself writing off many different brands because they exhibit this wear pattern. Its pretty common and you see it over different brands and model of tires. Raise the air pressure a couple of psi.
 

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Yep, the price you pay for this type of tire. I will say they stick off road better than the Shinko 705, are noisier than the 705, and seem to stick quite well on pavement, having had neither the 705 or TKC 70 do anything I was not expecting on dry or wet pavement. These tires fall into a turn like a sport tire! So beware till you get used to them, which some will say the 705 feels weird at first too. Mileage is much higher than the 705, except on the front which may be about equal if you can put up with the uneven wear the TKC 70 has.
 

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I test my tyres for stopping distance and the TK70 are way off the Anakee 3's on all road surfaces, I have never ridden on Shinko's.
 

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I am going to try the Anakee 3. I hope they are as good as you have been saying. ;-)

I had good luck with the TKC70s but they are more aggressive and more than I need. If you need them for some mud or sand then your in a different category IMO.
 

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Anakee's are fine in the dirt and sand but some mud types will fill the tread no matter what RPM's the wheels are turning at, (a wheel that spins faster will clear better so speed is your friend. LoL)
 

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I just started on a set of Avon AV84/85 ('15 650XT). I only have ~80 miles on them. Good so far on macadam: buzzy and more road noise but that's OK. I didn't go crazy on gravel / dirt / mud but they didn't slip / slide like a 90/10 would have.
 

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I have 4000 miles on my TKC-70's on my '12 650 and they are wearing fine. The rear is squaring a bit due to slab riding but the front it's barely worn. Like others said, they fall in fast and stick like glue. I'd buy them again.

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