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Old 05-18-2014, 07:40 AM   #1
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2014 GSAW Tires

This has probably been discussed before, but I couldn't find anything with the search. I have the Conti attacks on my new GSAW and at about 1000 miles now, they are REALLY noisy. I wouldn't think a fairly smooth road tire would be so noisy. I know road surface is a factor, but I never had a bike that made that much noise, even on tires with high mileage. My last bike was an 08 1200GS with a "whisperjet" silencer and only got the whine the tires were really worn. The Contis on this bike are horrible and extremely annoying. Anyone else experience this? I may have to bite the bullet and change them, they are that bad. Had good luck with Tourances.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:32 AM   #2
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My 2014 came with TKC80s and I love them. The noise they make is not bad...a lot quieter than my 606 on my KLR.

I like the noise they make as it makes pedestrians turn their heads when they hear me coming

If the noise bothers you, perhaps some earplugs or music might help?


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Old 05-18-2014, 04:28 PM   #3
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Earplugs will solve that problem, plus preserve your hearing!
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Old 05-19-2014, 06:08 PM   #4
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:06 PM   #5
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Curious how you got TKC80's from the dealer? Every single bike at my dealer had Contis on there.
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:24 PM   #6
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The option was tkcs from manufacturer but my dealer said id have to order it from germany and wait 6 months. So I got more of a road tire.

The stock tires are pretty bad off road. I was thinking about tkcs but wondering how much road handling, gas milage, noise, and especially wear time I would be noticing. Help!
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Old 05-20-2014, 05:09 AM   #7
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I don't do any off road riding, so the Attacks are fine except for the awful road noise.
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:04 AM   #8
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Yup, they tend to "sing" a little for me. Especially during initial turn-in. Tried altering the pressures but doesn't seem to make a difference. I have over 6,000 miles on my '13 and have started to get used to it!
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:35 AM   #9
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I don't do any off road riding, so the Attacks are fine except for the awful road noise.
In that case: next time just use Michelin pilot Road 4 or something like that. My anakee 3 do sing (whine) quite a lot.
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:30 AM   #10
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Thats weird...i would say the Conti Attack 2's are very quite...did 8,500m on the rear and now have PR4's.

Do all your riding on concrete freeways?
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Old 05-20-2014, 10:05 AM   #11
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How do you like the 4s?
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for some reason, there is 2 threads on same subject going on right now.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=979565
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Old 05-20-2014, 01:26 PM   #13
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for some reason, there is 2 threads on same subject going on right now.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=979565

Just two threads on GSW GSAW tires types and sizes...
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:00 PM   #14
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Curious how you got TKC80's from the dealer? Every single bike at my dealer had Contis on there.

I'd say destiny. When I walked into the dealer, she was there waiting for me just exactly how I had dreamed if ordering her. The only thing missing was the coffee cup holder. 5 minutes later, I was signing papers and the wife was not aware of it


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Old 05-29-2014, 10:20 PM   #15
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Byrdguy,
Have both a 2004 and 2014 GSA. The '04 has TKC80's and the '14 came with Conti TA2's.

I haven't found the TA2's to be any louder than the TKC80's. I usually run with earplugs (and recommend them) but have ridden without to test tire noise. I'm a huge fan of the TKC's and have run them on/off for a decade on the GSA.

My question, which I have not found a great answer on yet, is about mileage. I get 3k rear and 6k front off the TKC's. In a month I'm heading out for about 6,500 miles. It'll be an 80/20 trip and the 20 will be a good 20. I would like not to have to change tires midway through the trip so curious about a tire that can handle the load. The TKC's won't make the miles and the TA2s won't go into the muck.

The tourance next's don't seem they'd be that great for what I need either. I may just end up with the TKC's.

My experience....put some earplugs in...enjoy the new bike.
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