New Continental TKC 70

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Schtum, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. KiwiKurt

    KiwiKurt Amor Patriae

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    Very helpful! Thanks!!
  2. Pch123

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    Rear pressure at 40 to 42 psi. Never ran the front at 36 psi only at 32 to 33 psi. Rock solid. Good turn in. Much better on road than Anakee 3 IMHO
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  3. KiwiKurt

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    Extremely helpful. Waiting on the Scorpion Rally STR to release to happen and I'll decide. I've liked every set of Pirelli's I've had, so want to give them a chance in the segment I'm looking at now that they have an option.

    Ive been overall unhappy with all the Michelins Ive had. Anakee 3 and PR4's. I realize its a lot of personal preference, but IMO, compared to Pirelli's the Michelins have not been as stable at lean and not nearly as good in the wet. I'm out right nervous with my pr4's and a3's in the rain.
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  4. jeepjake01

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    As long as you want the rally str in 120/70-17 and 170/60-17 you could pick them up at a ducati dealer. They are the option for the Multistrada Enduro.

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  5. KiwiKurt

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    I've thought about that since is its the GSw size. But I dont need it until spring, so Im waiting until they have them in the US. The problem is, the part of the world Im in frequently sees reductions in quality to products of the same name, tires being a big one. Since I'm not sure if Pirelli changes production standards based on geography and Im not in a hurry, I'm just going to wait until Revzilla has them. Easy for me to get them and it ensures US spec/quality.
  6. taz_va

    taz_va Long timer

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    I agree with everyone else.. try the 70's out. I liked my first batch so much, that after ordering my new front (another 70), I also ordered another pair of them. They seem to be the right balance between carving asphalt, and going everywhere else.

    As for rain, they impressed me more than any other MC tire for a bike this weight. I literally have no concerns about them whatsoever, and I've had to emergency-stop in rain, and I've pushed it in corners with a load in the rain.

    I never had any unusual cracks in mine, just a few 'normal for the wear and tear' mileage. Here's one of my last reports: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/new-continental-tkc-70.998092/page-59#post-30659838

    I'm now up to 3,570mis on the new front, having used roughly 1.14mm of the tread. The rear is at 16,560mis, with 4mm remaining. Front is being maintained at 34, rear at 40. I have tried both of my TKC 70 fronts at 36 and it was fine but I didn't like the feel--the tire is "very round when new", so it had that "extremely nimble turn-roll" feel to the bars, which I believe causes some folks fear. Lowering to 34 makes it perfect, and it's what I maintained the previous front at without issues.

    I'd go to 42 in the rear if I had a +1 or full cargo, but 40 seems to be the right balance for its present mileage, and it allows the tire to flex some while turning, which softens up the edge you get from squaring-off. My rear tire isn't "square" so much as trapezoidal.

    All in all.. highly recommend. I purchase from AmericanMotoTire.
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    Thanks taz. Really helpful.
  8. taz_va

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    Speaking of which, here's my ongoing report.

    April 20, 2016 (Link to report)
    TKC 120/70R-19 (2015 datestamp) - 6/32" remaining at 8,500mis
    TKC 170/60R-17 (4714 datestamp) - 7/32" remaining at 8,500mis

    Aug 22, 2016 (Link to report)
    TKC 120/70R-19 (2015 datestamp) - 2.5/32" (2mm) remaining at 12,990mis (end of service)
    TKC 170/60R-17 (4714 datestamp) - 5/32" remaining at 12,990mis

    Oct 26, 2016
    TKC 120/70R-19 (2015 datestamp) - 7.5/32" (6mm) remaining at 2,124mis (new front tire)
    TKC 170/60R-17 (4714 datestamp) - 5/32" remaining at 15,114mis

    Dec 9, 2016
    TKC 120/70R-19 (2015 datestamp) - 34psi - 7.5/32" (6mm) remaining at 3,570mis
    TKC 170/60R-17 (4714 datestamp) - 40psi - 5/32" remaining at 16,560mis

    Notes:
    1, tread measurement taken while tires are cold
    2, pressures taken while tires are warm, usind RDC/TPC
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  9. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    The wiggly front has been reported all over to be reduced by reducing pressure a few pounds. Seems to slow it down some.
    It still scallops/cups, but if you can get five grand or better I guess it's not so bad. No complaints anywhere on the rears.

    I think I will still try the 705's first. If they are shit then go Trailriders, Scorp-trail II's, or TKC70's.

    +-1 on American Moto Tire - been touting them for years. Great people, great prices, fast ship, no tax, and in stock.

    The A3's are just okay. Rear is getting pretty squared off at 4K. I have always liked Pirrelli better than Michelin for bike tires. Car? Not so much.

    Geez, did not get to ride my new bike nearly as much as I would have liked to - I'm usually good for 6-7K miles a year. Only one trip this year.

    Now, the RV...about as many miles. :bluduh
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    Wait... 16,560 miles from the rear, with more tread left to go?! :scratch
  11. taz_va

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    Yeah, it's a bit wild. The rears come with 34% more tread than the front, couple that with the fact my f/r load balance ever so slightly favors the front, I believe I'll see 20k before looking to replace. I replaced the first front at ~13,000, but there was still tread remaining.

    I keep track of date codes and everything, to see if there's correlations. We'll see.
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  12. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Riding like the little ol' lady from Pasadena....:lol3

    I wouldn't get that kind of mileage if my tires were made of solid rubber. :dunno

    :beer


    Oh, and BTW, mounted up a 140 '70 on the rear of a buddy's G650GS, along with a FullboreUSA M40 for the front. Nice combo, should be good on and off and wear well. Nice little bike. Tubeless is just SO much easier. :thumb
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  13. BMWBOB51

    BMWBOB51 Going slower, but bench race faster :)

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    4000 miles rear and 8000 front. Any more and I'm going too slow!
  14. taz_va

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    Haha, I don't ride as extreme as I used to, but I take opportunities when they're available. Like many subjectivity to our consumables, I think location, temps and road surface plays a key role, and I think that's part of it. I drove my cars like I was in Need for Speed, no regard for consumables. The tires almost always got more mileage out of them at home than they did elsewhere in the country.
  15. Reisen57

    Reisen57 Been here awhile

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    I have about 8K miles on a set of TKC70s now, after 16K on the original Anakee 3s. They still have a lot more tread left. When new, the 70s were a bit more squirrelly on grooved Interstate, but now that they've worn down a bit I don't notice that anymore. They are great in the wet (plenty of that this year here in Seattle.) They are better than the Anakee 3s off road, but still not a substitute for true Knobbies.
    For the future, since I pretty much only ride off road up here in the Summer, I would be inclined to try Wilds in the Summer, and then for my Winter commuting, either the Anakee 3s or maybe try the Pirelli Scorpion Trail2s.
    But if I had a long trip with a mix of Highway, backroads, rain, and Off-road, the TKC70s would be my choice for best all-around tire.
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    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    I've been enjoying the Adaptec radar detector! :ricky
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    I just took off a set today with 4,500 miles on them and looks like 1/2 of the tread is left. They came on the bike I bought in September and since I don't ride off road I wanted something smoother riding and quieter so I put on the Scorpion II tire. I am giving these to a buddy of mine to wear out the rest of the tread
  18. path

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    Last week Continental came out with a positive answer sending a new tire. There was no doubt about the defective tire and that production series. A professional and correct posture from Continental, as expected.
    Motocenter here in Portugal made the interection with Continental while I was waiting for the analysis process. They borrow me a tire during this time.
    I want to thank Motocenter for the way they conducted the process.

    Now the bike has a normal behavior, and runs smoother at all speed ranges.
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  19. taz_va

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    Good follow-up and a positive result, very nice.
  20. Don T

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    A few days ago I stumpled across a picture that shows the exact same kind of wear on a TKC70 front as I experienced with the tire on my bike - and just like in the story behind the picture, the wear pattern in my case was the result of spirited riding on twisty mountain roads. It don't take much imagination to guess what kind of front end feel and handling you get with a tire worn like that.
    The Picture belongs to jason9364 and I found it in his brilliant RR.

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