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Old 03-04-2009, 08:45 AM   #1
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F800GS TKC80 Mileage?

How many miles have you been getting out of your Conti TKC80's on the F800GS? Specifically, the rear? Honesty and facts helpful. Please post actual numbers.

On my KLR's I was getting well over 5,000 on the rear. Mixed with road and dirt riding.
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:18 PM   #2
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I'm fairly convinced that my next tires will be the TKC 80's too. +1 on any mileage info so I know what to expect. Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:47 PM   #3
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I'm pushing to see if I can get 3000 miles out of the rear.
I spun the front @ 2500 or so to smooth it out.
The first 50-60% seemed to wear quickly on the rear, but has slowed down considerably.
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Old 03-04-2009, 09:04 PM   #4
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I found the TKC's prefered a lower than recommended pressure on previous bikes. 20-25 PSI seemed to be the sweet spot. I had a front go for 14k kms and a rear for 8k kms at those pressures on my LC4. 35 pounds just wore the center out of the tread pretty damn quick.
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Old 03-05-2009, 04:08 AM   #5
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I found the TKC's prefered a lower than recommended pressure on previous bikes. 20-25 PSI seemed to be the sweet spot. I had a front go for 14k kms and a rear for 8k kms at those pressures on my LC4. 35 pounds just wore the center out of the tread pretty damn quick.
Spot on. I run them at 24/26psi respectively when geared up and a few pounds lower when not and find them excellent. Anything more and they are friggin dangerous on the dirt.
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Old 03-05-2009, 01:38 PM   #6
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i agree that the first 1/2 of the rear tire only lasts 3000 mile and i have 4500 on the rear and i was assume that i will replace it in the next 500 miles or so. depending on how much dirt i ride. looking at the
Metzeler Karoo T
for the rear. looks like it should last a little longer
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Old 03-05-2009, 05:53 PM   #7
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The longevity of a tire depends on the riding style of the user. I typically get half the life out of tires that many other riders report for the same tire.
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:26 PM   #8
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I put the Metzler Karoo front and rear on my 800GS.....don't have much mileage on them yet. I will report when I get more on them. So far they definitely ride like knobblies on pavement and do well on the dirt roads/tracks here in NM.
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Old 03-29-2009, 03:51 PM   #9
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3700 miles, no mas

I'm surprised the rear hung in there as long as it did. Almost cost me big on a do or die climb, so out she goes.
I think 3500 miles is what I'm hoping for next time.
This tire was aired to about 30 psi at all times.

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Old 03-29-2009, 04:24 PM   #10
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I just can't see paying $150 bucks every two months! I think that is why I'm going to buy a machine so I can easily change from a more road oriented tire to knobbies and back. Yeah it will eat a little more of my time but in the end I'm expecting to change the front and rear in an hour or less! Plus, I'm probably not going to need a knobbie every weekend! There is no reason for me to have a knobbie tire commuting 50 miles to work and back every day. And if I'm only running the twisties here in Colorado why do I want knobbies on the bike?
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Old 03-29-2009, 04:35 PM   #11
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If you sold off a couple of organs or body parts, you could get a spare set of wheels.
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Old 03-29-2009, 04:53 PM   #12
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I'm surprised the rear hung in there as long as it did. Almost cost me big on a do or die climb, so out she goes.
I think 3500 miles is what I'm hoping for next time.
This tire was aired to about 30 psi at all times.

What percentage of road vs. off-road would you honestly say is on this tire?

If you take $150 and divide it by 3,500 miles you get roughly $.04 per mile. I can deal with $.04 per mile.
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Old 03-29-2009, 04:56 PM   #13
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65% pavement, 35% dirt.
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:22 PM   #14
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How many miles have you been getting out of your Conti TKC80's on the F800GS? Specifically, the rear? Honesty and facts helpful. Please post actual numbers.

On my KLR's I was getting well over 5,000 on the rear. Mixed with road and dirt riding.
Honestly, knowing what you are tying to accomplish the Tourance is not a bad idea for a tire and might go the distance. If you run TKCs all the way to the west that is a waste of a tire. You won't be running that tire in the west without minimal traction. And you will want a new one cause of the love you feel for the tire. However now is it really worth it? Buy the tire out here!
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:26 PM   #15
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Honestly, knowing what you are tying to accomplish the Tourance is not a bad idea for a tire and might go the distance. If you run TKCs all the way to the west that is a waste of a tire. You won't be running that tire in the west without minimal traction. And you will want a new one cause of the love you feel for the tire. However now is it really worth it? Buy the tire out here!
You make a good point... I just can't decide!
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