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Old 10-09-2004, 06:01 PM   #1
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Tire question - TKC80's on a 640 Adv??

Has anyone tried these tires on the 640 Adventure?? I run them on my GS and love them but currently have Pirelli MT-21's on my 640 which is great in the dirt and very marginal on the road.

Any feedback on the TKC's on a 640 would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 10-09-2004, 09:25 PM   #2
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I have them on my '01 - just put them on so not much input for you aside from a road trip from Sac to Santa Rosa (by way of Berryessa and Oakville grade) and then on to your hood, San Rafael... Confidence inspiring in the twisties... I have not been in any dirt yet to speak of so no input there. After looking more at the front, I suspect the "roll off" if yo get far enough over would be abrupt and noticeable however with my abilities I will likely not see that... Let me know what else I can tell ya!


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Has anyone tried these tires on the 640 Adventure?? I run them on my GS and love them but currently have Pirelli MT-21's on my 640 which is great in the dirt and very marginal on the road.

Any feedback on the TKC's on a 640 would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 10-10-2004, 06:53 PM   #3
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I ran them on my ADV for a rip from the Texas border to C.C. I was pretty happy with the performance, they are IMHO about the best 50/50 tire, this can be considered good or bad depending on where your coming from. Some tires work much better offroad, and some much better off, but the TKC's are acceptable in both. Bit spendy, and I have been warned to be very carefull of the front 21" on wet pavement, guess it can bite you pretty bad without warning. I would give a set a try, it is not like they are going to last all that long anyway, if you do not like them they will be gone before you known it anyway.
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Old 10-11-2004, 05:40 AM   #4
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I have them on my 03 Adv. Very good on dry stones, gravel, sand and tarmac. I haven't yet tried them on wet tarmac or in mud.

The rear wears pretty quick, the front doesn't shows any wear after, now 500 kilometers tarmac and 800 off-road.
But the rear has a hard life.
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Old 10-11-2004, 06:07 AM   #5
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OMFG that picture is AWESOME.
Didn't you shit your pants with knowing that you could tumble down XXX metres?

Anywayz I got Pirelli MT21 Rallycross since a few days, went offroad with it, and both onroad, and WHOA! Awesome tyres... wear pretty equals on road (rear faster then front but that's life) but awesome both in good/bad conditions!
I wouldn't believe it but it's rue, this tyre makes the adventure finally the bike it is supposed to be (not the shitty Sahara's)
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Old 10-11-2004, 07:16 AM   #6
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"Didn't you shit your pants with knowing that you could tumble down XXX metres?"

Damaging the bike is mostly more on my mind in remote area's like that, a chopper can fly me out, but I can't get a busted bike out of there.

In the picture you see an Orange 99/2000 Adv., that's Neo's bike wearing MT-21. They also performed very well. The rear had some more damage after some gruesome gravel roads than the TKC but otherwise very comparable behavior. I think the MT-21 do better in mud because the thread has more spread.

Btw, the XT-600E in the picture has some Chinese rubber, Kenda K270, they perform also very good. They feel very soft, but don't wear at all. Strange (as is, not for the Adv.) sizes though.
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:07 PM   #7
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Where in Holland did you find that kind of terrain???? I don't remember it looking that way.
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Old 11-01-2007, 04:49 PM   #8
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Tkc-80's

I like the Tkc 80 all-right. They are not as good on the street as a Avon gripster or an Tourance. I do not know about the life of the tire as I just put mine on but I do know the more you spin the tire the shorter the life span. I did a 75 mph run down a gravel road and saw lots of scrub marks on the rear tire. Hard breaking makes the Tkc 80 howl and that noise means a shorter tire life. Aside from that I did not feel uncomfortable with them on the street and I think they are a improvement on a gravel road. A commuter tire? NO. A dual sport tire? Yes. But if you want high miles out of a set you have to take it easy on the pavement
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Old 10-11-2004, 09:07 AM   #9
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Wet pavement DS tires?

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...and I have been warned to be very carefull of the front 21" on wet pavement, guess it can bite you pretty bad without warning.
Sorry if this is a hijack, but is there any consensus on what works good on wet pavement, even if it's a more street biased tire? The rains coming...
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Old 10-11-2004, 02:10 PM   #10
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Sorry if this is a hijack, but is there any consensus on what works good on wet pavement, even if it's a more street biased tire? The rains coming...
On wet pavement the cursed Enduro 3 Saharas work well.
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Old 10-11-2004, 04:36 PM   #11
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Been using MT's on the KLX650 (very similar to an LC4). I'm going to try a TKC on the back with the MT-21 up front. The front TKC is too square. Runs out of lean on pavement, and the knobs are too tight off-road. The rear MT-21 steps out too much on pavement, but is damn near perfect off-road. I'm thinking the stickier compound on the TKC will work well without giving up too much in the dirt. Should work real well in rocky conditions; just don't expect much in mud or sand.


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