Continental TKC 70 Tires
Very good tire!
Stuck a set of these on my '02 R1150GS replacing a set of Road Attack 2 tires with the intent of more dirt road riding. They do not disappoint! Loaded the bike 2-up with all bags and camping gear was probably pushing 1,000 pounds and just did 1,000 miles. Hit some dirt, some real great roads and some pretty crummy ones. The tires performed well all over and behaved predictable. When laden the front will wander a little on grooved pavement but otherwise very solid. The dual compound in these is really great I can see a little furring on the outside and very sticky and the center has very little wear. There are no "chicken strips" left on these tires I used them all. They give up very little on the Road Attack and are confident in the gravel. Dirt tire they are not but a great compromise they are. Not cheap but I guess you have to pay to play. I have not ridden them in the pouring rain but on wet roads due to fog they felt just fine. Having these on my bike gives me great confidence coming around corners to find strewn gravel and the like when with a passenger and gear. The Road Attack would get squirmy but these are great. Excellent alternative if your considering Tourance or Heidenau but want better grip and are willing to pay extra for it. Highly recommend.
May 19, 2015
Trying Something New
I have just put new TKC-70's on my R1200GSA and so far I like them. They seem to have good wet and dry street traction. I have not yet taken them into the dirt, though I think they will be just fine for as little off-roading as I do. I have mostly been using Metzler Tourance's on the bike and so far, they have had the smoothest street ride and reasonable treadlife. I once tried Hidenau K-76's: They wore extremely well, held street traction extremely well, and were great off-road. But, they were HORRIDLY buzzy on pavement. These TKC-70's are not as smooth on pavement as were the Tourance's but are nowhere nearly as bad as were the K-76's! Treadlife is something I hope to report on MUCH later.
May 18, 2015
Great all-rounder tire
The TKC 70 rear has been great in the first 1000 miles I've put on it. It has great grip in pavement and it asks you to turn harder every time, and once you get off road it works way better than the conti attack (it's meant to be, but it doesn't lose at all in pavement). If you like metzeler tourance, conti attack and other adventure type tires and don't want to go all-out with knobbies, choose this one as it sticks really well in pavement. Durability looks good although haven't finished the tire yet...
May 11, 2015
Best all-around when you don't know what's out there!
I run TKC80s on my off-road wheels normally, but don't like to swap back and forth when I ride on mixed surfaces, and can't stand to wear them out on pavement. My previous tyres were Sahara-3, yes, think R100GS; these are by far better for all around. Deep tread grooves, water channeling like never before, and great gravel hook-up; by far my favourite all-around tyre to date!
May 11, 2015
Tkc 70 track day
I purchased the set of TKC 70's because I was looking for a more road tire than off road. Anyway I recently completed a street riding class at Sonoma Raceway by Reg Pridmoore, great class, so we were on the track for about 130 miles that day really putting the bike through all it could handle and the tires were not the limiting factor! Great grip and handling they didn't get chewed up on the track and I ran them to the edge of the tread. I'm very pleased with this choice. On the freeway around here they tend to drift a bit on the grooved concrete, and I haven't rode in the rain yet so not sure how they handle wet. Haven't taken them off road either that's why I went with more street tire. I have great confidence with this tire, and I think it's going to be a good choice for my summer riding adventures. Hope this helps.
April 30, 2015
very happy so far
I ride an 05 1200GS. I of course had excellent service as always from Revzilla, from purchase to delivery. It may be to early to tell in great depth if this is or will be a great tire or if I'll get another one. I got this tire about two weeks ago and have only put around 1000 miles on it during a couple different rides. But in that time I've got yo ride a couple different road/trail conditions. Living in northern Wisconsin in early spring helps with that. I've been on dry pavement, wet pavement, snow pavement along with the same conditions of dirt road and trails around my property. So far the tires have worked fantasticly and as I'd hoped. One thing I have been happy to find out is that I do not experience the high speed wobble others have talked about and I've reached a few high range numbers in my efforts to make it happen. Time will tell on tread life, but at this point I'm very happy with my tire selection and would recommend this tire to anyone with a big bike who likes to cover a wide range of riding surfaces.
April 27, 2015
First - You should know, I'm a Heidenau guy
I bought these because my summer plans are all tarmac based and thought I would try these out. I have been very happy with my Heidi's. They are stable and predictable. The TKC 70's are good and bad. The rounded profile makes them quicker and easier to turn in. The ride is smoother than the Heidis, however then is an instability in the front that doesn't seem dangerous or frightening but doesn't give me CONFIDENCE that the Heidis do. Just running 75-80mph on the Interstate it sometimes feels like the front is light and skating. Thinking about putting the Heidi front back on for my Summer adventure. I recommended these tires because I think these will be favored by certain types of riders. Me? I am really hoping they start making the K60 Scout in the proper size for my 14 R1200GSA.
April 25, 2015
Rear only, Dry only - Outstanding tire
Still have the OEM TA2 on the front, but had to replace the rear, so went with the TKC70 to help out with gravel/graded/fire road performance (about 10% of what I do). Took the bike (2014 1190 non-R) on one of my usual non-paved roads and felt a bit more rear grip than before.
Just put 600 miles in two days on Highway 1 and surrounding twisties in Mendocino County (CA). Lots and lots of corners from sweepers to hairpins at a decent pace. These tires give up nothing to the TA2.
No regrets whatsoever with the change - gain a little off-pavement, give up nothing on the tarmac. Can't speak to treadwear since I've only got about 1K on them.
April 13, 2015