Continental TKC 80 on a Big Street Bike

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  1. Canadian FJR

    Canadian FJR Been here awhile

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    The Canadian FJR rally is taking place in Nfld next summer and I have been toying with the idea of coming back to Nova Scotia via the TLH. I've done the Trans Lab on my KLR so I have an idea of what I'm in for. The plan is to mount a set of Continental TKC 80s in Saint Anthony before heading out. I'm curious if anyone has tried these tires one a (heavy) street bike? It is only around 1,000km of dirt and 2000 km of black top. Open to suggestions.



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  2. Deuce

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    How about using Conti TrailAttacks ? :1drink
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    Canadian FJR Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the reply, I wonder if they are aggressive enough for the Trans lab?





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  4. Deuce

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    I had 'em on GSA when I did the McGruder Corridor and I'm sure that's a lot rougher than the TLab.
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    Canadian FJR Been here awhile

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    I wonder about running a TrailAttack on the rear and TKC80 up front?






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  6. Gryphon12

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    TKC 80 seem to run well on Yamaha Super Teneres (XTZ1200) at 575 lbs. wet but no rider, luggage or gear. My question would be how your suspension will react with those tires. Most big DS bikes have slightly softer compression than most dedicated street bikes. But I think the tires will be fine if you can get the right sizes for your rims.
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    You might want to ask this guy. http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=72225


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    Dunlop D616 come in sport bike sizes, worked great on my 990 SMR
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  9. Canadian FJR

    Canadian FJR Been here awhile

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    Thanks Shaner, I PM'd Saddleman. This is the real world info that I am looking for.




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    Canadian FJR Been here awhile

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    TKC 80 seem to run well on Yamaha Super Teneres (XTZ1200) at 575 lbs. wet but no rider, luggage or gear. My question would be how your suspension will react with those tires. Most big DS bikes have slightly softer compression than most dedicated street bikes. But I think the tires will be fine if you can get the right sizes for your rims. "

    They come in 180 rear and 120 front so sizing is good. My only concern is if they will last the whole trip. I'm thinking they should be fine as long as I keep the speed down on the paved sections.


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  11. elefantmans

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    I had them on my GSA they were terrible in the dry and deadly in the wet, rode 1000 km to the elefantent reffen through Belgium and Germany only to find them just as useless in the snow, found heidenau k60 much better, my advice would be to stick with good road tyres and have a safe ride on good surfaced roads then try your best offroad
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    all i can say is that i ran tkc 80's on my gs for years and that i loved them, that said there is a learning curve, you really have to get used to them and trust them, once you do you will be impressed, i have handed lesser riders on sport bikes thier asses in the twisties on tkc's, once you trust them they will really blow your mind. play with the pressure, on the fjr,i would say off the cuff 38 in the rear and 34-36 in the front as a starting point, small changes to air pressure make a huge impact on performance with these tires, i would say ten fold on an fjr. if i were planning a trip on dirt and shit roads with my fz1 i would run tk's over a tourance or trail attacks, just my opinion tho' enjoy!:freaky
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    Seem to work for this guy :D




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