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Old 10-04-2008, 01:46 PM   #16
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Question tire stupid.

OK,

so a 140/80 17 OK to run on the rear?

I don't like the thought of being limited to just TKC's.
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Old 10-04-2008, 02:19 PM   #17
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That should be fine. What'd you find in that width?
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Old 10-04-2008, 05:28 PM   #18
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That should be fine. What'd you find in that width?
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Old 10-04-2008, 06:52 PM   #19
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Anyone got a cheap-o inside line on ordering TKC-80's?

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Old 10-04-2008, 07:26 PM   #20
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is there somewhere that rates these tires by on road and off road performance?

i need a tire that works acceptably for both.

the tires that came on the bike are useless off road.

also any links for suppliers online?
and can i change the bike tires with some tire levers? or do i need to take the wheels to a shop to have them mounted?
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Old 10-04-2008, 07:46 PM   #21
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TKC80 Price

Did a quick search and the best I found so far was

motosportsxperts.com Rear: $132.50
Front $84.95
shipping to south Fla $25.60
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$243.05
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Old 10-05-2008, 09:05 AM   #22
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is there somewhere that rates these tires by on road and off road performance?

i need a tire that works acceptably for both.
I think you're there. Forums like this will get you more useful info than most any manufacturers link.

I think you hit the key word when you said you need a tire that is "acceptable" for both.

TKCs for me. Great balance of street an dirt. They'll get you through a mud bog and let you lean till the pegs on the street, but there are far better tires for either one of those aspects alone. I'm glad that's an easy tire to fit to the 800. Search around here for tire threads an you'll see riders argue it to death , just keep in mind why a tire works for someones riding style an not anothers and that's the most useful info.
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:30 PM   #23
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and can i change the bike tires with some tire levers? or do i need to take the wheels to a shop to have them mounted?


Better learn how to change them with levers -- or you'll be SOL out on the trail/road if you get a flat...

(Check out Neduro's tire changing thread in Thumpers for a great tutorial)



I've used swmototires quite a bit. Pretty good prices, and quick service, as long as you know what you want.
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:49 PM   #24
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is there somewhere that rates these tires by on road and off road performance?

i need a tire that works acceptably for both.

the tires that came on the bike are useless off road.

also any links for suppliers online?
and can i change the bike tires with some tire levers? or do i need to take the wheels to a shop to have them mounted?
Some folks have suggested the TKC80 on the front and something "less agressive" on the back as a good compromise better steering in the dirt and less noise and vibration on the road... I havn't tried it yet, but when the stock tires wear out I think I will....

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Old 11-02-2008, 11:00 AM   #25
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Anyone else got good info?
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:52 PM   #26
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Some folks have suggested the TKC80 on the front and something "less agressive" on the back as a good compromise better steering in the dirt and less noise and vibration on the road... I havn't tried it yet, but when the stock tires wear out I think I will....

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I also read about someone using the TKC in the rear and an MT-21 on the front for a more dirt-biased compromise.
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Old 11-03-2008, 03:53 AM   #27
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I think you hit the key word when you said you need a tire that is "acceptable" for both.

TKCs for me. Great balance of street an dirt. They'll get you through a mud bog and let you lean till the pegs on the street, but there are far better tires for either one of those aspects alone.
Yeah, I quoted myself

Just got my 800 with TKCs on it and so far they fit the bill for what I described earlier. Rode some rather aggressive twisties and once they broke in they just railed, and I felt confident in the little bit of dirt I rode so far.
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Old 11-03-2008, 05:09 PM   #28
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The 800GS tire thread

For those of you on 800gs please no big gss how do your tires feel at higher road speeds?65 mph and up.My 800 is in the shop now trying to figure out why my handle bars wobble left and right above 65 mph.I love these tires in all other ways.
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Old 11-03-2008, 05:14 PM   #29
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I haven't noticed any ill handling at (supra)highway speeds at all.
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Old 11-03-2008, 05:29 PM   #30
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I've been running 85+ mph and its been rock steady w/ stock tires (Battlewings). I did just recently put on TKC's and they're also very stable at highway speeds.
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