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Old 04-10-2015, 09:44 PM   #1
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TKC80 for GS LC what size is best 150 or 170?

After reading several reviews and comments about the TKC80, it seems to be the best 50:50 option there is except for the quick wear. Wear is not at all a problem for me. I want the best grip and traction on/off road and in the wet. Is there a better 50:50 out there? Price and wear no bar!



I'm planning a fairly long ride into the Himalayas this July and my GS LC came fitted with Anakee 3. The Leh Ladakh region is Royal Enfield country and that bike is pretty much the works for that terrain. I myself rented one in 2013 for the Odyssey Route and it was brilliant with standard road tires it is supplied with on all types of terrain thrown at us. Now coming to the big GS with all that extra weight and luggage won't make sense to ride with the Anakees. It will be the TKC 80 then, but what size is recommended, I have heard some people fit the smaller 150/17 instead of the 170/17.



What should I do?

(PS: I searched for the tyre threads and posted the above in a very relevant thread which is a year old now, got no response hence posting as a new thread)
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:45 AM   #2
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Think you will be fine either way.
May be easier to find the 150 size,since it has been in production for several years.

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Old 04-11-2015, 12:16 PM   #3
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I will caution you about going with a 150. I read a post where someone mounted up a 150 on his GSAW and he experienced some scratches all over the outer portion of the rims. This is because the 150 is narrower and doesn't offer the width of a 170 which will protect the edges of your wheels while off road. Just my opinion, but I am a firm believer in OEM tire sizes on these bikes because of their size.
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Old 04-11-2015, 12:20 PM   #4
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Oh, and in regards to your Annakees, they are a very capable DS tire. I rode over 700 miles of gnarly terrain on mine in Utah. Rode everything from mud, gravel, very rocky trails and some sand..and aired down to about 30psi they impressed the shit out of me! I am currently running a TKC80 up front and a Karoo 3 rear and think I found my perfect medium for 80/20 (dirt/street)
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:59 PM   #5
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Oh, and in regards to your Annakees, they are a very capable DS tire.
As long as you don't encounter mud...
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I will caution you about going with a 150. I read a post where someone mounted up a 150 on his GSAW and he experienced some scratches all over the outer portion of the rims. This is because the 150 is narrower and doesn't offer the width of a 170 which will protect the edges of your wheels while off road. Just my opinion, but I am a firm believer in OEM tire sizes on these bikes because of their size.
Scratches...on an off road bike??? Say it ain't so...
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Old 04-12-2015, 07:14 PM   #7
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I heard that the TKC80 for the LC GS are in short supply.
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Aside from scratches, the wider tire will protect your rims better from dents, dings, and tacos.
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I heard that the TKC80 for the LC GS are in short supply.
Yes they are. I had a hard time finding one last week. Finally found one at Rocky mountain atv and had it in 3 days.
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He does not specify,but from his post,it appears the OP is located outside the US,so his tire supply access will be different.

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I would get the larger tire spec'd by the mfr if available, otherwise the smaller one should work fine.
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Old 04-15-2015, 06:34 AM   #12
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TKC80 for GS LC what size is best 150 or 170?

Thanks everyone for the replies.


How does the TKC80 perform in mud?? I have read that it's not that good in that area. Is that inadequacy manageable when things get muddy??

I think the comparo should be TKC80 Vs. Karoo 3!!

People say that the Karoo 3 is as good as the TKC80 off-road and is better than it on/road. Is this verifiable?
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:31 AM   #13
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Thanks everyone for the replies.
How does the TKC80 perform in mud?? I have read that it's not that good in that area. Is that inadequacy manageable when things get muddy??
The TKC will be better than the Karoo which is better than Anakee.
However, probably best thing for mud on a bike that weighs 200ish lbs more than the Royal Enfield is going to be a hand winch and some good rope.
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:27 AM   #14
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The TKC will be better than the Karoo which is better than Anakee.
However, probably best thing for mud on a bike that weighs 200ish lbs more than the Royal Enfield is going to be a hand winch and some good rope.

Not cool man! Not cool! The GS is like only 48 kg (105 lb) heavier than the RE Classic 500.

So it is the TKC for me then?? I'm like been reading reviews on both the TKC80 and Karoo 3 back to back trying to see if the Karoo 3 is a better option for the road while being equally good on dirt.
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I really like the TKC80 both on road and off. But dicing on road and deep mud are not particularly good with them.
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