K60 Scout???

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by charlie264, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. wakked1

    wakked1 Aspiring Itinerant

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    Hey Scott, thanks for the info. I'm about to replace my TKC80/Scorp A/T combo with TKC80/K60 (or maybe Mefo SE). Curious if you notice any difference in grip on-road between those two patterns.

    I've heard mixed things about the K60 and Mefo SE stepping out at high lean angles, while I've always had lots of confidence in the Scorp A/T at lean. However I did wear out that rear Scorp faster than the TCK80, so I'm hoping to try something that holds up a little better without sacrificing much grip on or off road.
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  2. RoundOz

    RoundOz Plenty of seasoning

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    ...he showed us K60s at the rally with every second center rib cut out with a hot-knife-type tire tool. He ran one of these to the rally with a fellow rider running a standard 150...both had similar wear after Wisconsin to Steamboat via some COBDR sections. Offroad traction was greatly improved over the stock K60 in some situations. I believe Craig will be doing this as an option for a small fee if you buy a tire through him.
    I have been running 140s to have the full center lug pattern but feel they are undersized for a loaded bike and I don't get the mileage others have quoted. Another inmate pointed out that the 150 when mounted appears to have a more aggressive side knob than the 140. The wider tire will definitely protect your rim better from rocks if you run a lot of that type of trail. I will be trying one of CJs next...
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  3. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    I fill confident when leaning into a turn on the K60. I don't feel that same confidence with the TKC-80, although I've heard that the smaller sizes, like on my XR650L don't do as well on the street as the larger sizes that would go on an adventure bike.

    It was a pleasant surprise for me that the K60 felt so good on the street.
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  4. Night Falcon

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    love the k60 on my 690. Had 2 of them and got about 8000klm on average. They both wore pretty square though so that would explain the stepping out at overly zealous lean angles, which happened to me once but was no problem.

    Great tire and I'd buy again cept the pricing has got a little preclusive. Currently trying out an E07 which I'm impressed with so far after about 2K.

    One thing I liked about the K60 was the stiff sidewalls...if you ever get a flat out in the bush, you could probably nurse it back to civilisation with no air in it....mind you, you probably wouldn't have a choice as trying to remove it for a fix in the bush would be a tall order :eek2
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  5. EZ300

    EZ300 Just wanna ride my motorsickle

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    I got a flat on the Dempster Highway earlier this year. I was in front of our group and picked up a nail in the rear tire. My buddy behind me saw that the tire was flat but we were moving at upwards of 60-80mph and couldn't get past the dust to catch me and tell me. Rode it this way for 20+ miles and had no idea it was flat. I just figured the squirley rear end was due to the gravel on the surface of the road.

    Fixed the flat pretty quickly as the tire was warm and the bead came off easily.
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  6. charlie264

    charlie264 Long timer

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    Forget the tyres, what's with the dead body.....:yikes











    :lol3
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  7. EZ300

    EZ300 Just wanna ride my motorsickle

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    That does look a bit creepy
    No worries though as that is actually a pair of deerskin gloves that are now form fitted to my hands. :rofl
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  8. DADODIRT

    DADODIRT Long timer

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    Was the tire torn badly? I've used tire plugs successfully with the GS, but haven't had to field repair a tire on the 950. I would think that a new tube and a patch on the inside of the tire would get you home, at the least. I think I would try to get some miles out of it, if possible.
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  9. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    The tire was basically still new.

    Yes, I could have kept using the tire, but I wouldn't trust it at 80 mph on the freeway with the tire cords cut the way they were.

    I didn't want to worry about it next time I have to ride 100 miles in a hurry on a hot day.

    Better safe than sorry when it comes to stuff like this.
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  10. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Yes, my bike looks huge and heavy, but truth is the AWD addition to my bike added nothing when the build was done, part of my goal.

    I dropped 7 lbs off the front end, the BIG aluminum tanks weigh in at about 2 lbs lighter that the stock plastic tanks PER side and an easy one was to drop in an Earth X battery to save another 5 lbs or so.

    Total AWD kit in a box is about 15lbs.

    Of course the amount of fuel in the bike can be more or less than factory offers as trails see fit. I find it safer in the main tank than strapped to the back in cans. loaded with gear this bike is very balanced front to rear. My bike kitted out (skidplates, crash bars, bark busters, lights, tool, spare tures and pump) with out luggage and 6 gallons of fuel is about 40lbs heavier than an OEM 950 ADv with no mods what so ever.:freaky

    At speed anything less than 30psi in the front has given me pinch flats. Everyone rides different speeds of course, but when going gets bad, a big loaded bike running hard, I prefer not to have to deal with flat tires and adjust my riding style instead of air up and down. I try never to run less than 30psi as a general rule on my 950/990 adv or SE.
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  11. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    Testing proved well and tire life changed very little. Traction went way up though. Again not perfect anywhere, but a huge plus over stock K60 trim. Think AT tire that you put on your truck. I will try and post some pics of options soon or on the site when I have a chance to make more. I already have several other riders asking to have this done to there next set so I do plan to offer this mod in the future. I can even sipe them for added wet weather performance. I felt the TKC80 front and REAR CJD K60 mod worked great for our COBDR ride, plus our trip to and from WI geared up for camping, cooking and trail riding.

    Safe travels.
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  12. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    In terms of wear I get about half out of the 140 as I do out of a 150.

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  13. beewill

    beewill Been here awhile

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    How much different would the cut K60 be to the Mefo? Isn't the Mefo basically the K60 with out the solid center tread?
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  14. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Traction may be gained from cutting but it will be at the expense of longevity, the main reason they last so well is the centre wear rib, it would be interesting to see side by side comparo over a longer distance and timd
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  15. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Finally took the K60 off at 21200 km or 13250 miles in Bogota, she was turning into a great road tire :rofl.

    Still had a 1000 miles up its sleeve, no punctures, running 4mm UHD tube through Mexico, Central America and Colombia in some pretty big heats not one issue.

    Mileage done with two up with house and contents.

    Interesting change, our original one had the couple of mm step down between the tread blocks in the middle, the new one is solid to start with.

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