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Old 05-20-2010, 03:37 PM   #121
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I just have TKC on the front with stock on the rear. On messed up surfaces like in NJ where the surface has been stripped for replacement it can make for nervous riding if you are not expecting it. Also I get a bit of head shake when overtaking or being over taken by certain semi-trucks with trailers. Not sure what it is about them, probably some magic ratio of length and height. Just makes me back off or speed ahead. But on dirt compared to stock I feel much more comfortable.
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:53 PM   #122
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I just have TKC on the front with stock on the rear. On messed up surfaces like in NJ where the surface has been stripped for replacement it can make for nervous riding if you are not expecting it. Also I get a bit of head shake when overtaking or being over taken by certain semi-trucks with trailers. Not sure what it is about them, probably some magic ratio of length and height. Just makes me back off or speed ahead. But on dirt compared to stock I feel much more comfortable.
Exactly!

I regularly got a serious death-wobble with the TKC's when following or overtaking large trucks and semis. I'm definitely not going to miss that!

Yes, my steering head bearings were/are tight. That's the first thing I checked! It's just TKC's and this bike, man. I don't think I'd run them ever again. The rear wears way fast and the front is highly unstable on the freeway/highway.
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:26 PM   #123
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+1. My only beef with the TKC was the extremely short lifespan of a rear tire (2700 miles).
That and the price.
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:34 PM   #124
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our second rear has arrived we just need to pick it up on Sunday....one set is going on one of our 650's next Friday....during the 10000 km service...we should get a good feel for these tires being mounted on at least one of our bikes. I am waiting a little longer before I trade my Tourance for the K60's plus I do not want to put too much mileage on them...I want a fresh tire for our July trip
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:36 PM   #125
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it sucked. I was truly afraid I was going to bend the rim.
Strap trick. Wrap them around the tires so the beads are touching. Then the tire will drop on.
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:56 PM   #126
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That and the price.
TKC rears (150/70x17) cost the same as K60s (at swmototires.com).

Cost per mile, though...
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Old 05-20-2010, 07:13 PM   #127
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I took off my Mitas Dakars and spooned on a new set of K-60's tonight. The sidewall is strong but I didn't find them that bad to work with. They were easier than the Battlewings, that was for sure.

I used 9 inch irons and lots of dish washing liquid.
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Old 05-20-2010, 07:13 PM   #128
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Strap trick. Wrap them around the tires so the beads are touching. Then the tire will drop on.
Any chance you can expound on this, I would love to learn a new tire mounting trick. I have had one to many wrestling matches with my tires. The last time, I tapped out in the first round.
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:49 AM   #129
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installed my k60's last night…first time I ever removed and installed a tire on ANY motorcycle. It was extremely easy in my opinion. Though I've changed countless tires on my downhill mountain bike. As long as you take it slow, use some lube and make sure your bead is pushed into the center of the rim, you shouldn't have to wrestle much.
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Old 05-21-2010, 08:20 PM   #130
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Strap trick. Wrap them around the tires so the beads are touching. Then the tire will drop on.
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Old 05-22-2010, 11:42 AM   #131
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...... As long as you take it slow, use some lube and make sure your bead is pushed into the center of the rim, you shouldn't have to wrestle much.
What are we talking about, again?
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Old 05-24-2010, 09:58 PM   #132
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:28 AM   #133
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Any chance you can expound on this, I would love to learn a new tire mounting trick. I have had one to many wrestling matches with my tires. The last time, I tapped out in the first round.
Get about 6 rachet straps or equivalent and feed them through/around the tire from outside to inside (thread / sidewall / bead / bead / sidewall / thread) equally spaced ( 1, 3, 5 o'Clock and 7, 9 and 11 o'Clock positions) leaving the rachet at the center of the outside of the tire (the part you ride on) and crank tight until the 2 beads touch or tighter. This makes the inside ID large enough to fit over the wheel. Place the tire over the rim and push on....Let go the straps and voila, beads are inside the rim dish and no need to spoon on!
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:53 PM   #134
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Get about 6 rachet straps or equivalent and feed them through/around the tire from outside to inside (thread / sidewall / bead / bead / sidewall / thread) equally spaced ( 1, 3, 5 o'Clock and 7, 9 and 11 o'Clock positions) leaving the rachet at the center of the outside of the tire (the part you ride on) and crank tight until the 2 beads touch or tighter. This makes the inside ID large enough to fit over the wheel. Place the tire over the rim and push on....Let go the straps and voila, beads are inside the rim dish and no need to spoon on!
Someone is going to have to post a picture or video of this....

Most importantly, can you drink beer while performing this procedure?
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:35 PM   #135
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Someone is going to have to post a picture or video of this....

Most importantly, can you drink beer while performing this procedure?
Yeah, I'm pretty much a dumb SOB. Pictures?
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