TKC80s are brutal on the street: the saga continues

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

  1. GSFREEK

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    I will probably be going Morocco soon with shiny new TKC80's. I hope they will not be half toasted after the 1500km of highway, before they will eat their first sand! :ear
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  2. eakins

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  3. Dano7619

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    So what is the pressure to run off road with?
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  4. ScienceOfDirt

    ScienceOfDirt U-Boat Rider

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    I air down to 20. Where I ride, there is a lot of asphalt connections to make. If you're purely off road, you might be able to go lower, but I haven't done so.
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  5. EPMD

    EPMD Been here awhile

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    That is completely contrary to my experience.

    For me, the TKC's are amazingly grippy on the street and the buzz is significantly less than I expected.

    I will most likely replace them with more when they wear out.
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  6. CaliKarl

    CaliKarl Been here awhile

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    They are great on the street - truly! However, when I started this thread, I did not realize that the tires only became grippy after the muck applied to the tires wears off, which takes about 50-100 miles. But they are damn expensive...
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  7. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    I'm in the "TKCs are exceptionally good [for trail-oriented tyres] on the slab" camp.
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  8. puckpuck

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    Been running Tkc80 for a year now, road twisty no problem, dirt? Super grappler. So, I got a second Tkc80 on the rear yesterday. First time I tried to use just the carry on tools, two motion pro beadpro and a 24mm wrench combo tire lever. After a ride while the rear tire still warm. Sun bath the new tire for 30mins. Easy off, easy on. I've seen pro trainer struggle with Hidenaue and this seal the deal for Tkc 80 for me.
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  9. Loutre

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    if you like the thread pattern of the Heidenau k60 try mitas E07 instead. cheaper, lasts almost as long and easier to spoon on.
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  10. thirsty 1

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    I'll be back on one of these in a few weeks. You might also try the SAVA MC60. Offroad is excellent but will wear out in 2500 street miles. I currently run a MC60 rear and a TKC front.
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  11. Loutre

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    right you are, the k60 are a nightmare in the wet. the E07 are just slippery scary but you get used to that when you're used to sliding offroad.
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  12. thirsty 1

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    I always love giving opinions on 5 year old threads. :becca
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  13. GPHusky250

    GPHusky250 Been here awhile

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    I was following a guy coming back from Mike's Sky Ranch down in Baja and he liked to push his GS1200. It was a little dangerous to try to keep up with him. So we're flying down this grade, he passes a car and after misjudging the distance I got around the same car and was immediately in a tight right hand sweeping turn. Thought that might be the end for a moment....however...the TKC front tire and the Heidenau rear stuck to the pavement...I held on and lived to tell about it. So I'd have to say that your experience with the TKC was not what I experienced. After that turn, I'd trust them anywhere.
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  14. Loutre

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    the front TKC is awesome hands down. the rear wears too quickly for me =/
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  15. Loufish

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    Helped a friend install a set of TKC 80's on his KTM 640 Adventure last month and after scrubbing them in he is burning up the twisties around here pretty hard....My F800 GSA came with Karoo 2's up front and 3's in the rear and that front tire tracks the rain grooves cut into the concrete freeways pretty good resulting in head shake...not fun at first but have now made friends with it and moved on....
    BTW most new tires are slick for the first 100 miles or so due to a mold release used during manufacture and should be allowed to scrub off the release agent before hard cornering and such....
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