Kenda Big Block vs TKC 80's vs K60's

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Tonk, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

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    TKC's are "O.K." on road. Wet is a bit scary, but they actually behave O.K., well, I've been nervous, but never had them let go.
    On dry surfaces with a DL 650 you get SOME warning before they let go - you can feel them start to walk sideways when you push too hard.

    They are GOOD offroad , even just on the front it's magic - wear on seal is the problem.

    Pete
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  2. pju

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    Thanks for the feedback Pete.
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  3. ride2little

    ride2little MoveAlongNothingHere

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    I have run all three of the mentioned tires. And by far, the scariest to run in the wet are the heidenau k60's. there is a downside to that hard rubber compound.
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  4. Tonk

    Tonk Broken Adventurer

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    Update.... Just ordered an IRC TR8 front tire for the Tiger. Checked on a K60 last week and almost ordered one but then I came across what might be "THE" tire.

    What do you guys think of the Mitas e09 knobby. I've read all the reviews and it seems like a good long lasting tread. Just about to pull the trigger on the e09 Rear and I came across the Mitas e07. A nice 50/50 tire that looks perfect for what I need. Im ready to get the e07 but I can only find them from a Canadian distributor and shipping is $50 to the US. The shipping brings them back inline with the TKC and the K60 price wise. Any info on the Mitas tires would be appreciated. I'm planning on ordering this weekend.

    Thanks
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  5. ukturfrocks

    ukturfrocks Been here awhile

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    Im running k60s on my strom and Im impressed with the amount of grip on pavement they have. I haven't been offroad yet but for street riding they are excellent plus if you =can get 10 k out of the rear that's a great thing.
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  6. AdventurePoser

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    I'm thinking (and hoping) the increase in mileage will offset any issues with road noise, wet road behavior, etc. I installed a set of Heidenaus a few days ago and am now in AZ/MX. I have to pay some dues on the slab before getting to the places I ride off road, so the mileage is important.

    As far as rain goes...I live in So Cal, probably won't be testing that performance until I get out of state this summer!:rofl

    Have fun,
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  7. mike cummins

    mike cummins OUTBACK RIDER

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    just took the scout off because I'm heading to the outback and i want a bit of grip in the dirt. The scout is an awesome tyre for big k's. 10,000 plus no worries. But for traction in the dirt give me the karoo. wears quick but good fun. i ride a hp2e.
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  8. PeterW

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    Around 1000k's on the K60's. They don't like wet cattle grids :), but other than that, a better compromise than the other dirt capable tyres I've used.

    If you want to go fast on dirt, probably not the best choice, but just getting A->B and prepared to slow down on the nasty bits - good enough - not a lot worse than TKC-80's on dirt and quite a bit better on road.

    Funky stuff, you have more rear grip leaned than upright, so I've had to adjust a bit for those fast left-right-left combos - but at least when they spun up the bike wasn't leaned over as well.

    Quite like them so far but I wasn't expecting miracles, just 'better' on dirt, less good but not unbearable on the seal.

    Pete
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  9. ALinUTAH

    ALinUTAH Been here awhile

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    I'm looking at revzilla right now. I notice that the K60 150/70-17 doesn't have R in the size, it has B. I thought they were only making the radials now. Al

    Edit: Never mind. I was thinking about 705s.
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  10. itsatdm

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    Probably too late, but I would not run a TR8 on the front of a Triumph. It is a good tire, as I have one on my thumper, but it has a 1.85 wide rim.

    Triumph front rim is 2.5" wide. A 3/21 tire converts to 76mmX76mm metric. Stock is 90X90. In short it won't offer the rim protection of a 90X90 tire and the tread will get flattened out when mounting it.
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  11. Kevin2Wheels

    Kevin2Wheels 08 530 exc-r

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    My buddy runs K60's on his GS800 and I am running TKC80's on my Versys that has a 19" front now. The TKC's have more grip off road but the K60's were adequate for all but the muddiest and snowiest tracks. Neither vibrates too much at speed, but we both expect the K60 rear to last longer. Another friend just ordered the Dunlop 606, so we'll add that to the comparison matrix as well.
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  12. Chef Gareth

    Chef Gareth Live 2 Ride

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    I run tkc front and scout rear on my strom, best of both worlds and get 12k out of both. I do 80/20 with lots of mixed roads. Best combo I have had !!
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  13. russmyster

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    I dont see how people are gettingn 12000 miles out of k60s I have had em on for 2 weeks and the back is 30% gone. Wearing crazy fast. vstrom1000
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  14. AdventurePoser

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    I think I'll get about 10K out of my Heidenau rear (R12GSA), but then again, I'm a Poser and never go anywhere.:D
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  15. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    I assume you're talking about the 150's. They have the center rib and are famous for longevity. The 140's on the other hand, don't and they aren't.
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  16. I GS 1

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  17. Al-X

    Al-X Been here awhile

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    TKC front and Mitas E07 on rear. Good combination on the 1000 Strom. Mitas lasts at least 7000km, and TKC has amazing grip in wet conditions.
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