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Old 01-09-2012, 04:24 PM   #1
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TKC 80's

How do you use a set of knobbies on a properly tuned 950? My recent project will skate around like it's on ice. I would skin my ass if I ran these very long on the street. How do they handle at a fast pace in the curves?
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:44 PM   #2
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Squirly on the street for sure. All (half-way) knobbies I've tried are like that.
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:52 PM   #3
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I dragged my pegs in the twisties with a TKC80 front and a Mefo rear.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:43 PM   #4
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I dragged my pegs in the twisties with a TKC80 front and a Mefo rear.
Were you anywhere near the bike when this happened?
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:12 AM   #5
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I dragged my pegs in the twisties with a TKC80 front and a Mefo rear.

I didn't drag mine but I swear I was close TKC front AND rear.
I really trust the front TKC and plan to keep it with my new K60 rear.

First time I saw my TKC front mounted on stock rim I didn't like the "square" profile, it looks stretched on that wide rim so my thoughts were that it wouldn't be good for aggressive leaning angles.
But it was a matter of time getting confidence, guess the compound it's making his work.
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:35 PM   #6
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Think they suck on the road- take em for good ride off road- I personally hate em. Cant air down the front because of the soft side walls, and the rear sucks in loose rocks and mud. I swapped the rear to a Kenda BB- it mounts harder and is no better for traction. People say they last a little longer but mine is dicing up up pretty bad from sharp rocks.
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Old 01-09-2012, 05:38 PM   #7
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I'm use to Mefos too.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:39 PM   #8
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Acceptable - but not great

I have TKC 80 front and typically a 908RR rear. It is a great combo for the dirt (except really loose sand or deep mud) and the combination is acceptable on the street - after the tires are worn in (100 miles or so). I definitely don't get to dragging my foot pegs on the street as the front tire let's go long before that.

I have found that I typically go edge to edge on the front and still have about 1/4 inch on each side of the rear tire when I ride on the street. That is pretty much opposite of what happens on my sport and street bikes.

I did find the limit the hard way and almost high sided. Got it back - but still crashed into a guard rail.
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:42 PM   #9
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I definitely don't get to dragging my foot pegs on the street as the front tire let's go long before that..
You would be surprised how far that front will go over. I do have CJs Medium peg extensions though.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:39 PM   #10
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You would be surprised how far that front will go over. I do have CJs Medium peg extensions though.
Its not the TKC that's surprising its the MEFO, one of the less grippy tires I've ever had.... loosing the rear is a constant issue.
The TKC is actually not a bad front tire for mixed road and easy gravel.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:33 PM   #11
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You would be surprised how far that front will go over. I do have CJs Medium peg extensions though.

My setup is the same, including the pegs and I too have drug pavement, although not often. I ain't always Qwik!

Also, just this weekend, I got the rear end loose a couple of times when turning; a little too liberal application of throttle and slightly damp roads were the problem. Generally, the Mefo feels squirrelly to me all the time; I keep the psi up in the mid to high thirties range for fear of pinch flats. When I first got my bike, I had four or five flats in just a couple of months. I finally learned my lesson and keep the psi up and run ultra heavy duty tubes.

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Old 12-03-2012, 09:55 PM   #12
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Plan to start with street tires and switch in Fairbanks or Anchorage.
A TKC will be wasted before you hit the Dempster.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:00 PM   #13
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A TKC will be wasted before you hit the Dempster.
Not the front. The rear would have to be changed by Dawson.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:01 AM   #14
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I have TKC 80 front and typically a 908RR rear. It is a great combo for the dirt (except really loose sand or deep mud) and the combination is acceptable on the street - after the tires are worn in (100 miles or so). I definitely don't get to dragging my foot pegs on the street as the front tire let's go long before that.
I had this combo (TKC front and 908 rear) and it truly sucks in the following situations:
1) fast curvy roads trying to keep up with even a V-Strom (which was my previous bike)
2) Cold wet roads (the 908 spins up constantly)
3) tar strips make these non-radial tires skip when leaned over

Went back to OEM V-rated Pirelli and it handles waay better on the street.
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:02 PM   #15
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Currently running a TKC 80 front and Conti Trail Attack rear.

On a recent trip I was dragging toe, not quite peg, riding two-up touring BBNP pavement. Never felt close to letting go on either end.

On the same trip I did some solo rides on dirt roads and was equally impressed with both tires in that environment. Especially surprised with the fact that the Trail Attack rear gripped so well off pavement.

Just my two cents.
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