TKC80s are brutal on the street: the saga continues

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by CaliKarl, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. CaliKarl

    CaliKarl Been here awhile

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    Got the new tires on, and the wheels back on the bike. All set, finally. However, these TKCS are a nightmare on the street. Sure, they are new and may get better with time. But oh my, it is a certainty that I am going to fall. Leaning is out of the question. Turns that I used to take at 30mph on squared off Heidis with 9200 mi I took at under 15mph. I ride my bike everyday, street during the week and highway and dirt on the weekends. This is bad. And there is no 'getting used to them'; they will always be dangerous. Kudos to those of you who ride with these. I'll be hospitalized before I make it to any dirt. Wish me luck!
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  2. phideaux

    phideaux Long timer

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    Not what I experienced.........
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  3. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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    Totally not the norm.:dunno
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  4. Angryrican

    Angryrican know nothing all

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    x2 I have a brand new set on mine and they worked fine today on a slab only ride
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  5. señormoto

    señormoto Supermoto Abuser

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    what tire pressure are you running?
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  6. Maxacceleration

    Maxacceleration Off the grid

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    I have two large twin cylinder bikes with TKC's.
    I can haul ass through the twisties on each bike.
    Their wide flat knobs put a lot of surface down.
    They work in the dirt too.
    Get your tire pressures right...

    TKC is a great tire IMO.
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  7. Boy Racer

    Boy Racer Adventurer

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    Something’s not right there as I have had good experience on the tar with the TKs and was surprised on how quick in the corners these are. Also when I took these up the Gilles range on 1150 GSA in QLD with my sport bike mates, it pissed them off how quick I was on knobbies. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    Have you done tyre pressures?<o:p></o:p>
    Are they old stock that has been left in the weather?<o:p></o:p>
    I am very cautious in the wet on the tar with them.<o:p></o:p>
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  8. mouthfulloflake

    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    they do fine on dry pavement.

    Just watch your rear brake usage if its raining... after about 500 miles that rear TKC is a slick MOFO on wet pavement.
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  9. AustinJake

    AustinJake DR-Versys-FXDWG

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    I don't want to take my worn out TKC off the bike, it works so damn good on the pavement, and the wooden bridges too!

    [​IMG]
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  10. toro618

    toro618 Long timer

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    noway.....I think you're just fu'king around with us.
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  11. Illinois

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    Just wore out a set on a liter Strom. Was surprised how well they performed on pavement. Wasn't scrapin pegs but could still hustle through the twisties. :nod
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  12. picard

    picard engage!

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    My TKCs are every bit as good on the tarmac as the "dual sport" street tires that came on the bike when it was new. And the TKCs are just about an order of magnitude better in the dirt.
    I, too, think you must be just joking around with us...
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  13. betasigscoot

    betasigscoot Palaverer

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    I liked the TKC's a LOT more than the Karoo T's. They sucked on pavement, and developed lots of teeny cracks within a couple months after the dealer mounted the tire.
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  14. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    I've had them on a couple of different bikes and love them. I can tell when I get the bike leaned the max because it starts vibrating when you get the the edge of the knobs. Lean it any further and you are going down.
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  15. Casejeep

    Casejeep Been here awhile

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    well im in SoCal, ill take them off your hands for free! ill even come pick them up, ill even take them off your bike!
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  16. tcourdin

    tcourdin Resident Spooner

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    I think they just feel "sketchy" the first time you try TKC's. The turn in is much quicker with TKC's than the Tourances my bike came with. It feels as if the bike just wants to fall over with the TKC's in my opinion. I was scared of them at first too on pavement, but now I can darn near drag my panniers in corners. I love my TKC's on the street and they are great off road!
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  17. señormoto

    señormoto Supermoto Abuser

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    I suppose it depends what the OP had on prior to the TKCs. If he's coming off of the stock tires and doesn't have a lot of experience with dual sport knobbies on pavement then any knobby is going to feel scary at first until the limits and feel are gotten used to.
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  18. CaliKarl

    CaliKarl Been here awhile

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    Maybe it is just a matter of getting used to them. But boy are they scary! My previous tires were Heidi K60 Scouts, which felt very stable from day one. The current tire pressure is about 30/32. That should be okay, right?
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  19. betasigscoot

    betasigscoot Palaverer

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    +1

    The TKC80 does squirm a bit on pavement (nature of knobbies & softer rubber), but the tire has a decent amount of traction on pavement. IMHO, for being a compromise, they are a great tire.
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  20. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    When they are new, TKC`s will feel like you`re going to fall off the edge of them, but they round off after a while. I run 30 front, 34 rear on my 1100GS and they wear very well.

    They do scallop, so I reverse the front one on the rim after about 8,000Km which will let you get the most distance out of them.
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