TKC80 Life

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Mike D, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. Mike D

    Mike D Corporate Cog

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    On average, based on maybe 50% slab / 50% dirt, how many miles can I expect from a rear TKC80?
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  2. 2volts

    2volts Rocket Surgeon

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  3. Spanish Bob

    Spanish Bob I dont know where I am.

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    Next time - do a search. third button from the right in orange that says search.

    How long is a piece of string?

    I dont mean to be rude, but have you any idea how many times tyre mileage questions get asked? 5000 for me also max but there are people here who can make them last millions of miles. fronts on average I get slightly less than 2 x that.

    Too many variables, hard riding versus slow, high speed sections tend to de-knob knobblies.....its very hard to say you yourself will be your best gauge.
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  4. utahbeemer

    utahbeemer World Traveler

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    I bought a new set in march and by april 24 they were half wore out 1500 miles 80 road 20 dirt. It depends on the bike and the way you ride. 2004 R1150 GS Adv I now have a set of wheels for dirt and a set for road, expensive but it works.:clap
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  5. Mike D

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    Did 2 searches - First, TKC80 - Second TKC80 Mileage

    Came up with 1,000 threads, none of which answered my question.

    Next time - just ignore me - - that will take even less of your obviously precious time.

    Sincerely sorry to have wasted it.............

    Oh yea - and thanks for your answer, it does help.
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  7. Spanish Bob

    Spanish Bob I dont know where I am.

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    My time isnt precious.

    if you searched and found nothing then somebody should take the search engine and shoot it.

    Also be careful of tyre pressures under inflation on road with TKCs means low mileage for sure.

    If you do very high speeds (100+) the tyre will be a slick quick. Apart from high speed the tyre is very sensitive to acceleration and braking. That doesn´t mean ride slow, just that the knobs deform and cup with speed changes and the front for me at 8000miles for me is a random show of lumps.

    Also if slab means straights they dont last long. If slab includes lots of bends they can last as long as a tourance, anakee or longer.

    I find them very good in the wet and they warm up quite quickly.
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  8. Rad

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    Hi Mike

    Search'n sometimes works and sometimes sucks, don't worry about ask'n. If we never asked the same questions again on this site we would have run out of topics 3 years ago:lol3


    TKC life, there are some who will swear they get 5K +, I ran a lot of sets and I never did. After 1,500-2,000 the rear was no longer any good for dirt. I could run another 1,000 or so after that, but why. I bought a second set of wheels and mounted TKC's on one set and Tourances on the other. Took me about 15 min to switch 'um.

    BTW, this was on an 1150 gs

    If you have never run a set you should try them, they are a very nice tire dual sport tire. Good grip on the road and ok in the dirt if ya watch yur front traction in corners..
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  9. Spanish Bob

    Spanish Bob I dont know where I am.

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    That 5k for me is down to legal markers,so as Rad says their dirt advantage left the building way before that at maybe half that. But it depends on on road use, if you do lots of curves the middle of the tyres stays good, if not its fubar long before 5k miles.
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  10. Andrew2

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    Why do it then:huh
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  11. Rad

    Rad Done riding

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    Why not:lol3
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  12. Andrew2

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    Cause the guy was asking a reaonable question and was obviously offended by the smartarse reply.I've used the search and got sick of looking through every post with the word TKC in it trying to find an answer I was looking for
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  13. Rad

    Rad Done riding

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    Relax; it's just the frick'n internet....Have some fun; it's almost the weekend:freaky
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  14. Andrew2

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    It is the weekend here:thumb ,but I've got a friggin toothache:cry .
    Seriously though I've got a thing about people being unnecessarily rude to others,don't see a need for it I guess.Have a good weekend anyhow,see ya:D
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  15. Lone Rider

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    I'll second this...

    Max for me has been 3k, several times...and that's all she had to give.

    I love the tire, but it doesn't make $ sense running many miles on road. Like Rad said, do try a set - impressive.
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  16. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I mounted a brand new set of TKC80's on my KTM950 4 weeks ago. I have about 1/4 wear on the rear right now and I've done a total of 1200 miles; of which 300 are dirt; of which 250 was groomed dirt and gravel roads. That leaves about 50 miles of what I would characterize as mud, rocks and dryish ruts (lots of spin). All of the dirt was with loaded panniers. My highway was mostly Interstate @ 75 cruise.

    My TKC80's are the new 150/18 size designed for the 950 KTM. That means they are more robust (and alot more money) then the 140's. I am guessing they are designed for HEAVY bikes like the TKC's for BMW twins.

    As a point of measure, I am attempting to pay close attention of my TKC wear because I am running a time/speed/distance event in August that will likely require a tire change and am restricted to just 2 tires as spares. I am pondering 2 rears or 1 front and 1 rear. Hope that helps, but I'll know more in 3/4 weeks. -P
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  17. SNKDTR

    SNKDTR Been here awhile

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    4500mi 25% dirt 75% road coulda lasted 750 -1000 more but I was tired of the vibration and hum.and they do perform quite nicely:clap
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  18. Odin

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  19. hotrats

    hotrats Put some spee on it

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    6700 miles on mine to just about the wear bar on the rear. Probably had a few thousand more to go on the front. I'd say 25% dirt, 75% road... the bulk of the miles from a few road trips and commuting in between. '06 1150 Adventure.
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  20. Kokopelli

    Kokopelli Yeah, right!

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    I may have missed it if someone has mentioned it before, but the TKC80 is a knobbly tyre :-). You can of course run this thing into a slick, but I would say that the rear tyre becomes near useless as an adventure tyre after about 5000km (3000 miles). However, it will still go on as a road tyre for at least another 3000km. Hope this helps.
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