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Old 05-08-2005, 05:08 AM   #1
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TKC80's on road?

Do they do good on the road? Is the ride smooth and how is wear? I ride 90/10 street/dirt so I'm thinking they may be too knobby. The Dakar needs tires soon, anyone got a better recommendation? THANKS!
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Old 05-08-2005, 06:34 AM   #2
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They're fine on the road, but not a 'street' tire. If you push them hard into the corner, or a have a heavy right foot they'll certainly give out, but they give you plenty of warning.

I got about 5k out of the last rear, the front looks like it will last another 5k or so. I'm replacing it this weekend with a tourance, since the GS is seeng less dirt and more street now.

I really do like the look of them on the GS though, so it's tough to put on different skins.
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Old 05-08-2005, 06:54 AM   #3
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I agree with the above, same experience. In the rain, maybe a little skittish then the tournace..but in the dirt, nasty stuff the TKC's show their stuff and that;s why I got them on the KTOOMER
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Old 05-08-2005, 09:16 AM   #4
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They work great on the street. If you ride them hard they don't last though... 3-k for the rear 4-5k for a front. What kind of dirt riding do you do with your 10%? The TKCs are probably more of a dirt tire than you need. But what the hell... it's one set of tires! Give them a shot! Maybe you'll find yourself spending more time on the dirt.
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Old 05-08-2005, 09:43 AM   #5
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They are a nice compromise. The tires I bought for my 950 have about 600 mi. on them of 70% gravel 30% windy county roads and the rear has 40% of its tread left front has 80% left.
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Old 05-08-2005, 10:43 AM   #6
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Sounds like a decent tire. Anybody know the best place to get them? I'll probably give them a shot. Thanks for the tips, y'all.
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Old 05-08-2005, 10:54 AM   #7
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Hello.
Ditto to all the above, TKC 80's are my personal favorites! In the states i would sugest SouthWest Mototire in Az. www.swmototire.com. Great service, i just wish they would ship to Canada :(
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Old 05-08-2005, 10:56 AM   #8
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...oops! Wrong link. Try this:www.swmototires.com
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Old 05-08-2005, 11:05 AM   #9
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Love those tires, Had them on my Dakar for 2 years.
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Old 05-08-2005, 11:41 AM   #10
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TKC 80's

TKC 80's are a good tire on the road. Good in the rain too. More off road oriented. They look bad ass on the GS Adventure. However, looks aren't everything! I got 5-6000 miles before they were cupped out real bad. Breaking the ton was no problem. As good as they are I would suggest you consider the Michelin Anakee's. I just switched to the Anakee's after 3 sets of TKC 80's. Asphalt performance is far better. Very smooth and they are OK for the occasional dirt/gravel road. Teriffic in the rain too. High silica content. I reserve judgment on the mileage but others here suggest 5-7000 miles. Some better.

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Old 05-08-2005, 10:33 PM   #11
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Question Michelin/Conti

Does anyone have any experience with the Michellin Sirac or ContiEscape yet? Hell, I can't even find any availability on the ContiEscapes. I know they are 75 road/25 dirt, but I am just looking for a longer wearing replacement for my TKC 80's (which have performed incredibly--but have short life span on road).
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Old 05-09-2005, 12:41 AM   #12
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How much straight 75mph paved highway do you think a TKC 80 rear would take, or what did you get out of it? Could I really get 5k miles on the highway from a tire like this?



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Does anyone have any experience with the Michellin Sirac or ContiEscape yet? Hell, I can't even find any availability on the ContiEscapes. I know they are 75 road/25 dirt, but I am just looking for a longer wearing replacement for my TKC 80's (which have performed incredibly--but have short life span on road).
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Old 05-09-2005, 01:52 AM   #13
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Here are the Contiescape tires. Anyone have a set who can give an opinion?
http://www.americanmototire.com/inde...rget=d148.html

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Does anyone have any experience with the Michellin Sirac or ContiEscape yet? Hell, I can't even find any availability on the ContiEscapes. I know they are 75 road/25 dirt, but I am just looking for a longer wearing replacement for my TKC 80's (which have performed incredibly--but have short life span on road).
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Old 05-09-2005, 05:34 AM   #14
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How much straight 75mph paved highway do you think a TKC 80 rear would take, or what did you get out of it? Could I really get 5k miles on the highway from a tire like this?
I just replaced my original TKC's with another set of TKC's this past friday. I got 7500 miles out of the rear and went ahead and replaced the front as I always replace tires as a set. The fronts were only half worn and the rears still had 3 mm of depth in the center knob's. My milage has been mostly commuting 80 miles a day at 70 to 85 mph.
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Old 05-09-2005, 07:58 PM   #15
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Here are the Contiescape tires. Anyone have a set who can give an opinion?
As far as I can tell that tire has not even shipped in Europe yet, much less the US. There are a couple of threads if you do a search. Does look interesting.
The main issue I have with tires like the Escape, Ankees, etc, is that they are not that much better than a pure road tire off road. I suspect that you could put a pure road tire like a Bridgestone 020 on, get even better road handleing, and not give up much off road. On the other hand, the TKC's are so much better off road, and so good on, if you plan to do much of any off road use them.
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