Continental TKC 70 Tires
I just completed a 3,200 trip on the TKC-70 tires (front and rear) on my 2014 R1200GS. The trip was almost entirely on-pavement with some gravel sections. Previous tires were a TKC-80 Twinduro front and a Heidenau K60 Scout Rear (yes, the 150 width fits the rim), but those were worn and I wanted to put on a rear tire that was the correct size that would deal with a longer trip on pavement. I did long stretches of grooved concrete interstate travel on the new TKC-70. For the first 300-500 miles the tires tracked the grooves quite a bit, but I maintained interstate speed at 75-80 MPH. After 500 miles the tracking was less, although it was still noticeable, but I was able to confidently pass other vehicles while riding speeds that sometimes were over 90 MPH to make a pass. I've certainly had tires that were worse with respect to tracking grooves. The tires performed well on hard-packed gravel roads. The tires also performed well in the rain and in turns. Only issue was the tracking of grooves on concrete interstates while riding 75 MPH or more during the first 500 miles. The tires did very well on curvy asphalt roads around Glacier National Park and were more fun to ride on curvy asphalt than the TKC-80. After 1,000 miles, the tire started to feel very comfortable in all conditions and the tracking was almost unnoticeable even on grooved pavement at speeds over 80 MPH.
I read several reviews of the TKC-70 that mention "head shake." I've owned four BMW motorcycles (R100; R1200RT; F650GS; R1200Gs). In my opinion, the newer R1200GS can be susceptible to "head shake" regardless of the tire you put on it because of aerodynamic issues that can be created when you ride a tall, relatively light weight, off-road styled bike laden with non-OEM accessories at fast speeds on an interstate -- passing trucks, winds, and the road are going to move you around. If you mostly ride grooved freeways at 80 MPH, this may not be your tire (and the GS may not be your bike). This tire does nothing exceptional and is a competent "all arounder," which is what I wanted for this trip.
After 3,200 miles, I predict that the rear would reach 6,000 miles and the front would also reach about 6,000-8,000 miles (maybe more). At my next service, I will likely put the TKC-80 Twinduro back on the front and keep the TKC-70 on the rear until I find the holy grail -- a rear option that lasts longer, rides smoother, and has more grip.
June 30, 2015
Good all-around ADV tire
This review is specific for the TKC70 front, which replaced an Anakee II. I have this on a 2005 F650GS thumper, with Conti Escape on the rear. I have put about 800 miles on the front so far, with a mixture of about 75% pavement and 25% dirt/gravel roads, and one ride in the rain. The front grips really well on pavement and the turn-in is sharper than with the Anakee II, making the bike somewhat more responsive to cornering. It just works well on the road with no unusual noise and no appreciable wear that I can tell. On gravel, it is noticeably better than the Anakee II, as the front feels more stable and planted, allowing for increased speeds. It does okay in softish dirt that is not quite mud but begins to get a bit unsettled. Note that I have run this tire continuously on pavement and dirt at 32 psi, so it would probably be even better in the dirt if aired down a bit.
June 29, 2015
Front Tire worn prematurely
I wish that there was a split on this in order to review the front and rear separately. The rear tire is wearing normally and well. The front tire is pretty much shot at 5,500 miles. I would recommend the rear whole heartedly, but I have reservations about recommending the front. The front has scalloped badly, despite being meticulous about maintaining manufacturer recommended tire pressures of 35F/42R on my KTM 1190. Finding some other threads on the internet, such as ADV, I have seen reports from some folks showing signs of uneven wear and scalloping on the front as soon as 1500 miles. So perhaps being meticulous about proper inflation was what enabled them to last even that long.
I was an early adopter
June 23, 2015
I was excited to get these tires for the GS1200. But now Im wishing I never bought them.
First I started on small back roads to test them. right away @ 35 mph I started to experience a head shake. went back and rebalanced the front wheel. Still had a head shake.
So headed for the highway and see if it was slow speed problem.
Still had a shake, but that was the least of my worries. Any little grove in the road, these tires will track the grove. Made feel like I was riding on ice. In the turns these tire made my confidence level go way down. turning to the left, the tires found a grove and literately felt like the bike was sliding away from me.
I have my Annakees back on the front while Continental warranty figures out whats wrong with front tire.
Meanwhile the TKC 70 is on the back sliding back and forth in the groves on the road. I'll just have to cut my losses and buy different tires.
Oh ya. NO MORE HEAD SHAKE with old tire back on the front!!!
June 23, 2015
Great Dual Sport Shoes for my GS
It's a little too soon to speak about tread life since I only have a few thousand miles on the TKC 70s, but they seem to be holding up well I'm very happy with these tires. There has been noticeable improvement in traction and ride-ability off the pavement. I've even been in loose sand with satisfactory results. A training day on the track gave me a chance to get rid of chicken strips. I could lay the bike over in the turns just like the squinty-eyed racer boys with no fear of sliding out. I think the tires would have given even more than I dared to do. The tires grip very well wet or dry. They ride surprisingly smooth at high speed. I have noticed a bit of tracking on grooved pavement, but not much worse than on less knobby road tires.
June 22, 2015
Great after a little break in
I'm running these on a Tiger 800 XCX -- coming from the stock Battlewings. They wiggled a bit on grooves and road imperfections for the first 100 or so miles, but it seemed to mostly go away after that. The steering is very light with these and I found I needed much less effort to get the bike leaned over. Again it took a couple of days to re-calibrate myself but now I am loving the responsiveness of the tire vs. stock. So far they are a great compromise of road and dirt competence just like they were designed to be.
June 8, 2015
I really wanted to like these tires, but I won't buy them again.
They performed very well in rain and dirt but tar snakes, grooved roads, and steel bridges are not its long suite.
Its the wobble that is produced that can be aggravating. The tires were balanced and aired to 36/42 psi. I had my panniers full and camping gear lying across the GS's pillion seat area. The rear shock preload was increased for the additional weight.
Approaching legal 80 mph on the Interstate, a wobble would start and gave me the impression that a tank slapper would occur. I slowed down to 70 and the bike calmed down. The problem would reoccur when I would close in on a semi while doing 70 mph. The truck's turbulence would start the bike's wobble again. Trying to accelerate around the truck only increased the wobble frequency.
I believe the Trail Attack is a better tire for primarily road riding.
June 2, 2015
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