F800GS TKC80 Mileage?

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  1. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    How many miles have you been getting out of your Conti TKC80's on the F800GS? Specifically, the rear? Honesty and facts helpful. Please post actual numbers.

    On my KLR's I was getting well over 5,000 on the rear. Mixed with road and dirt riding.
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  2. Fireman

    Fireman Shazaam!

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    I'm fairly convinced that my next tires will be the TKC 80's too. +1 on any mileage info so I know what to expect. Thanks in advance.
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  3. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    I'm pushing to see if I can get 3000 miles out of the rear.
    I spun the front @ 2500 or so to smooth it out.
    The first 50-60% seemed to wear quickly on the rear, but has slowed down considerably.
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  4. Bayner

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    I found the TKC's prefered a lower than recommended pressure on previous bikes. 20-25 PSI seemed to be the sweet spot. I had a front go for 14k kms and a rear for 8k kms at those pressures on my LC4. 35 pounds just wore the center out of the tread pretty damn quick.
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  5. Bigem

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    Spot on. I run them at 24/26psi respectively when geared up and a few pounds lower when not and find them excellent. Anything more and they are friggin dangerous on the dirt.
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  6. TX Medic

    TX Medic So many fires, so little?

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    i agree that the first 1/2 of the rear tire only lasts 3000 mile and i have 4500 on the rear and i was assume that i will replace it in the next 500 miles or so. depending on how much dirt i ride. looking at the <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top align=left>[FONT=Arial, Helvetica][SIZE=-1] [/SIZE][/FONT]</TD><TD vAlign=top align=left colSpan=2>[FONT=Arial, Helvetica][SIZE=-1]Metzeler Karoo T[/SIZE][/FONT]</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE> for the rear. looks like it should last a little longer:D
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  7. M N B

    M N B would rather be riding

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    The longevity of a tire depends on the riding style of the user. I typically get half the life out of tires that many other riders report for the same tire.
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  8. JemezMtns

    JemezMtns Been here awhile

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    I put the Metzler Karoo front and rear on my 800GS.....don't have much mileage on them yet. I will report when I get more on them. So far they definitely ride like knobblies on pavement and do well on the dirt roads/tracks here in NM.
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  9. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    I'm surprised the rear hung in there as long as it did. Almost cost me big on a do or die climb, so out she goes.
    I think 3500 miles is what I'm hoping for next time.
    This tire was aired to about 30 psi at all times.

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  10. Bike4Fun

    Bike4Fun Smooth IS Fast

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    I just can't see paying $150 bucks every two months! I think that is why I'm going to buy a machine so I can easily change from a more road oriented tire to knobbies and back. Yeah it will eat a little more of my time but in the end I'm expecting to change the front and rear in an hour or less! Plus, I'm probably not going to need a knobbie every weekend! There is no reason for me to have a knobbie tire commuting 50 miles to work and back every day. And if I'm only running the twisties here in Colorado why do I want knobbies on the bike?
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  11. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    If you sold off a couple of organs or body parts, you could get a spare set of wheels.
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  12. The Griz

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    What percentage of road vs. off-road would you honestly say is on this tire?

    If you take $150 and divide it by 3,500 miles you get roughly $.04 per mile. I can deal with $.04 per mile.:thumb
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  13. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    65% pavement, 35% dirt.
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  14. Bike4Fun

    Bike4Fun Smooth IS Fast

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    Honestly, knowing what you are tying to accomplish the Tourance is not a bad idea for a tire and might go the distance. If you run TKCs all the way to the west that is a waste of a tire. You won't be running that tire in the west without minimal traction. And you will want a new one cause of the love you feel for the tire. However now is it really worth it? Buy the tire out here!
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  15. The Griz

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    You make a good point... I just can't decide! :lol3
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  16. M N B

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    At just under $1000 US per wheel... :huh

    I wonder if it's any cheaper to just buy the hubs, rotors, etc and pay someone to put better rims on and lace em up? You'd have a better wheel in the end. It's still bound to cost a pretty penny, though. Just a few less.
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    Like this guy:

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  18. The Griz

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    Any new reports on TKC mileage on the F800GS? I've got a few hundred on mine so far. Already seeing wear. 50% dirt/50% tarmac.
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  19. ]I)Money

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    Only have a front on, not a rear (been experimenting), but I've got about 4.5k on the front. A decent amount of tread left, but showing signs of major cuppage. Probably order a new one after SLAP.
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