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Old 02-20-2013, 09:28 AM   #3676
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Growelly,

That's a great looking bike, especially with the TKCs. How do they handle at high speed? Any front end wobble?
+1 I'm also curious how you like the TKCs.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:57 AM   #3677
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+1 I'm also curious how you like the TKCs.
I have ridden the TKCs on a 1100 BMW GS and they work amazingly well on the pavement, a little weird at very low speed as you can feel the individual knobs of the tire. Off road they were incredible.
I am going to put a set on my Uly when I get my hands on a spare set of wheels so I can switch back and forth between the TKCs and PR3s.

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Old 02-23-2013, 09:13 AM   #3678
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Well I've done some pretty wild riding on the new TKC. After 400klm I slashed the sidewall and had to trash the tire. The reinforcing belt only covers the center patch of the tire. The case is thinner than I was expecting. Be careful when riding on very sharp loose rocks. The second tire I now have fitted is lasting. It seems prone to cuts in between the knobs. I think the knobs are probably too far spaced and expose the tire case too much. At high speed the bike gets a weave going with these tires but I probably should not ride that fast on knobs. So far mixed feelings about the TKC. Lets see how it gets on over the rest of summer.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:45 AM   #3679
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Nice looking rig growelly. Where did you source those brackets on the windshield?


Brackets are from Madstad Engineering.

http://www.madstad.com/s.nl/it.A/id.960/.f
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:51 AM   #3680
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:41 AM   #3681
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Well I've done some pretty wild riding on the new TKC. At high speed the bike gets a weave going with these tires but I probably should not ride that fast on knobs. So far mixed feelings about the TKC. Lets see how it gets on over the rest of summer.
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The TKC tires on the GS did not give any weave, I had a weave on the original Dunlop D616 on the highway also, I am thinking the geometry of the bike is not conducive to aggressive thread tires, Does the steering geometry work any better in the loose stuff with the TKC tire. It was awful with the D616
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:48 PM   #3682
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The TKC tires on the GS did not give any weave, I had a weave on the original Dunlop D616 on the highway also, I am thinking the geometry of the bike is not conducive to aggressive thread tires, Does the steering geometry work any better in the loose stuff with the TKC tire. It was awful with the D616
Interesting you should mention this, HR.

When I test rode an '06 Uly with 616 Dunlops in the fall of '05 I noticed a weave in the front end on a high speed section of expressway. I thought maybe the front tire was soft.

Since ridden '09 with 616 Dunlops and it's stable as a rock on gravel roads and the weave at higher speeds on paved surfaces (140ish km/hr) I'm sure is due to wind acting upon the wide handlebars and brush guards.

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Old 02-24-2013, 04:58 PM   #3683
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Interesting you should mention this, HR.

When I test rode an '06 Uly with 616 Dunlops in the fall of '05 I noticed a weave in the front end on a high speed section of expressway. I thought maybe the front tire was soft.

When I rode my bike home for the first time, My buddy (on the GS with TKC's) could see the bike squirming under me at 120kph +. First thing we did is stop and check the pressures. The bike did it through 2 rears and when it came time to change the front, I went to PR2's and later to Avon storms. Never a weave again .....
That being said, I loved those tires in the spring here in northern NY when all the sand and grit is left on the roads from winter and has not washed off yet. Simply the best tires in those conditions I have used on the Uly yet.

Back to my original statement, need another set of wheels to change back and forth with.
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:07 PM   #3684
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The TKC tires on the GS did not give any weave, I had a weave on the original Dunlop D616 on the highway also, I am thinking the geometry of the bike is not conducive to aggressive thread tires, Does the steering geometry work any better in the loose stuff with the TKC tire. It was awful with the D616
On gravel roads and roads with loose rock the front tire is fantastic. Heaps of grip. Very happy in that department. The rear TKC is like a tractor tire, very good also. Braking is like throwing out an anchor, it just digs in. As I said great tire but Im just a bit concerned about its "Toughness" to last the distance especially in really rocky conditions. The rubber case between the knobbs seems vulnerable to slash cuts etc. I think the knobbs could be spaced a bit closer together to protect the case.

Having said that the front seems good. No signs of damage but the rear knobb spacing is greater than the front and has signs of damage at only 600klm distance.
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:50 AM   #3685
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Continental has finally made some shoes just for the Ully. I fitted these last week.
Conti TKC80 120/70B17 180/55B17 in stock.

Now I can run the TKC up front and retain the standard Ulysses mud guard thanks to the 120/70 lower profile. These tires have a "B" code which must stand for Buell. Good on you Continental - Top Job.



The "B" doesn't mean Buell. It stands for Bias belted. Stock is "R" for Radial tire.
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:28 AM   #3686
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The "B" doesn't mean Buell. It stands for Bias belted. Stock is "R" for Radial tire.
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Had yu going for a while .
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:53 AM   #3687
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:33 PM   #3688
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:54 PM   #3689
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:52 AM   #3690
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