New Continental TKC 70

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

  1. BMWBOB51

    BMWBOB51 Going slower, but bench race faster :)

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    So we're normal in my mind, but I'm sure has something to do with the area we ride. The fly over states straight roads would kill me!
  2. Shawnee Bill

    Shawnee Bill Long timer

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    How you ride makes all the difference, just by backing off a little bit my mileage goes up dramatically, tires and gas both.
  3. BMWBOB51

    BMWBOB51 Going slower, but bench race faster :)

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    Wife tells me that too! Dosen't work for her either :rofl
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  4. KiwiKurt

    KiwiKurt Amor Patriae

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    I dont ride that fast that often. I will sometimes, obviously...like anyone else...but the faster you ride, the lower the mileage is and the higher the risk is. For the most part I ride pretty conservatively and get 40s-50s MPG.
  5. Shawnee Bill

    Shawnee Bill Long timer

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    Depends on what you want your tires to do, local riding trips of less than a few thousand miles about any tire will take you that far, but for trips of over about 5,000 miles I don't want to be worrying about changing tires on the road. TKC 70 seems to fill that role well.

    Whether or not you take your wife along is your choice.:toney
  6. Gabash

    Gabash n00b

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    Hi guys.

    I have the TKC 70 120/90 17 on my Honda Dominator 650 and want to share some experiences.

    I was riding off-road with knobbies with my previous bike (Yamaha XT 600), so I still love to ride technical stuff in the woods.

    One day after mild raining, when fields were dry, I went to ride some off-road sections. In the forest, the dirt was a little bit wet with occasional mud holes. I was amazed how well the back tire sticks to the ground. I was able to accelerate harder in corners without any slip. This got me thinking why would I need more agressive tire? If you don't overestimate your riding skills, there is no such thing as bad tire.
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    In a snow though.. They kinda work, but you can't go up hill with them :D Riding is still possible though. And braking on cold asphalt is great :)
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    I will buy a front tire TKC 70 90/90 21 soon and ignore warnings that the front tire wobbles in high speed as my bike's max comfortable speed is 70mph.
    I am still curious to find out whether the uneven wear will be the problem too.

    Ride safe fellow bikers :beer
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  7. PRW

    PRW living @ 11.5740741uHz

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  8. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    BS, I've had all kinds of tires that under-perform. That's why we're here.
    Some are just downright shiat.
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  9. taz_va

    taz_va Long timer

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    I had to ride a section of ice on my TKC70's, that was hair-raising.. hahaha.

    As to the mileage comments, I agree with the others when they point out that how you ride, as well as where you ride, matters. SoCal is more permittive of higher speeds and the asphalt is a lot hotter, than most other places in the US. Those 2 factors alone will eat up tires definitely. I don't get a chance to be as spirited as I used to be unfortunately, and I bet if I lived out there my tire budget would have to double lol.

    Here's a shot of the rear tire at 18.6k/mis, to give an idea of the squaring-off. I'll be changing it sometime in the next month. It's hard to see, but it's actually trapezoidally-shaped due to the flattening portion of the side from turns.

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  10. Bails

    Bails Been here awhile

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    I consider myself a slow rider. 18,500 miles from a rear on my GSA would be grand but best I get is around 6,000 miles or 10,000 k's. I also like the TKC 70 and think they are very good as dual purpose. Milage factors may also include heat , I think we get less miles in Australia because our roads are hotter and this makes the tyre wear faster.
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  11. Kiharaikido

    Kiharaikido Adventurer

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    Has anyone here ridden the Smoky Mtn 500 or 1000 on TKC 70's? Id like to go with the 80's but realistically, most of my miles are commuting to work with weekend excursions here and there. I'm wondering if the 70's would suffice.


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  12. mikegc

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    I just had a set spooned on and did about 200 miles just to get the mold release compound off. They felt fine on our western NC mountain roads. I'll leave Tuesday for Big Bend National Park. After that, it's on to California's Death Valley for a few days. Three weeks on the TKC-70's should "tell the tale" on how the tires perform for me.

    Mike
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  13. Kiharaikido

    Kiharaikido Adventurer

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    Thanks. Keep us posted. I put a set of 70's on my GS but haven't finished with the rest of the maintenance so I still don't know how well they'll do on the Xchallenge I have coming.


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  14. ducmons

    ducmons Been here awhile

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    I've been running 70 rear, and 80 front. It was much much better than 70/70front. Way too much wobble, definitely unstable. The 80s say 95mph, but even loaded, 80/80 at a decent clip was more stable than 70/70. Going back to 80/80 for the summer.

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  15. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Oh dear, but you're the ONLY one getting a wobble! :pot
  16. taz_va

    taz_va Long timer

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    That's weird. What pressures were you running? And what datestamps?
  17. MelbourneBhoy

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    Put second set of 70s on the bike a couple of weeks ago, the front is noticeably different to the first set. First set there was no wobble until 130-140km/h which was grand, these wobble at 90-100km/h. Pressure was run on both sets 36/42.
    They've improved a bit since lowering pressure but still don't feel as good as the initial set that were on the bike.
  18. taz_va

    taz_va Long timer

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    What datestamps?
  19. Pch123

    Pch123 Bar Crossings

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    Run at 32-33/40. No wobble any speed
  20. PRW

    PRW living @ 11.5740741uHz

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    It's a valid question, but it's also rather unacceptable that enough inconsistencies exist with this tire, that we need to be asking that question.
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