Continental TKC 80 tires

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Krautbikeman, Feb 21, 2002.

  1. Krautbikeman

    Krautbikeman Failed Anger Mgt #$%@#$%^

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    I searched the archives for postings about these tires and was able to find some info, but I would like an up to date account of current long-term users.

    I have just mounted a set to a Y2k 1150 GS and have found them to be acceptable in normal riding conditions. I am realistic in understanding that they will not last as long as my D604 Dunlops, but I would like to get current feedback on life expectancy and what tire pressures are being used to get the best ride quality vs. life.

    Thanks to anyone who can help!
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  2. Rad

    Rad Done riding

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    I put 1200 miles on my set and they look half or more gone. :cry I doubt if you will find that normal street tire pressure ranges will make much diff with these. At highway speeds the rear center nobs just melt away.

    I ran around 35 ft. and 40 rear on the street and 12-15 ft and 18 rear off road.

    Off road ......lots of fun! :smile6
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  3. Marc

    Marc Just sayin...

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    Hey Rad,

    Once my new 3.2 final drive gets here and things dry out just a bit, I plan on trying out a set of these on some of the hundreds of miles of dirt forest roads around here. Where did you find 'em and how much were they?

    Thx,

    Marc
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  4. Rad

    Rad Done riding

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    I got mine from cRAsh for about 2 C notes. MAW has them on their web site.

    http://www.mawonline.com/continen.htm#Tires street

    I have bought Tourances and Avons from MAW before. Good prices and good service....knock on wood.
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  5. ralogan

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    I've used them on my 96 R1100GS for about four years. I was obtaining them from M&P Motorcycles in the U.K. until the U.S. distributor started importing them recently in anticipation of the R1150GS Adventure.
    Dry traction on tarmac is actually quite good and I didn't have to slow down in the corners any more than with the TrailWings. Riding buddies were amazed that I could keep up with them on fast paved twisties after mounting the TKC80s. Anything over about 80mph on sealed roads does eat through the rear fast. On a round trip to Baja, mostly zipping up and back on pavement, the rear was mostly gone after 3500 miles, but I squeezed 4K out or it.
    Of course the reason I got them is for the dirt, and they excel there. I figured that my discomfort always occurs on dirt, never on pavement, so that's where I need the help, and I get it with the TKC80s. One step more aggressive are the Karoos, which I use on my XTZ750. But the Karoos do not stick to pavement nearly as well as the TKC80s, and they require more slowing in quick turns on sealed roads.
    Rich
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