Continental TKC 70 Tires
Good for my GS800 longer wear and good for fire roads.
This the first time using this tire on my F800 GS, but in the past I have had many TKC-80's. I'm hoping for longer wear on the rear and better wet highway traction. So far, 2000 miles, they are good and sticky on dry pavement. As well as excellent grip on wet pavement. The ride is smoother, yet I can rip up a fire road when I find a good one. Here we ride lots of mountains on fire roads connecting to the next valley's paved roads. Exploring VA. and W. Va. on Adventure bikes. These tire do the trick, yet time and miles, will tell the total tale!
July 27, 2015
Capable fire road tire, but...
Stable on hard pack dirt/rock. Not as long lived as I expected. 5 flats in 3 months from small debris that past tires scoffed at (one flat was an office staple), makes me wonder about the carcass integrity. Going to try Mita's or Metzler's next time.
2014 BMW R1200 GSA
July 21, 2015
Gave them a chance, but they couldn't win me over
I hummed and hawed between these and the Anakee III's because I wanted to replace the original Tourance EXP's on my Triumph Explorer, which I liked and got good handling and mileage out of (9300 mi), with something more suited to occasional light off-road duty. I went with the TKC 70's mostly because of the complaints of noise from the Anakee's and because of extended mileage claims.
They look good and they seem quiet to me, but that's about all I like about them. I've got about 4800 miles on them and the front is cupped so badly that I'll be replacing it asap. The rear seems to be wearing evenly, although it squared off pretty quickly given I rarely ride a highway and never for very long. And since putting them on in SFO I have been mostly on very curvy roads between there and BC, where I am now. From day one they felt squirrelly. I'm practically religious about keeping tabs on my pressures and I played with them a bit to see what effect it would have, also hoping maybe they'd just settle in after a while.
They just don't inspire confidence. My pace has definitely slowed since putting these on. Not much experience in the rain so far, but as I said they just don't inspire enough confidence to push at all. That being said, they have kept me shiny side up thus far. Tar snakes are never fun with any tires, but with these I find myself weaving around them. I don't know how many miles ago I really noticed the cupping, but it seems as though it's gotten a lot worse pretty quickly so I'm done. Not a Conti fan so far.
I wanted to like these, but there's no way I could recommend them to anyone.
July 20, 2015
Shimmy and Shake
I put these on my 2012 R1200 GS. Bike with 14,000 miles. This is my third set of tires following OEM Michelin Anakee II's and then a set of Heidenau K60's. The first 2000 miles or so were uneventful and used the tires for short trips, commuting, mostly pavement but a bit of mild dirt road riding. No issues and very happy with the tires. At ~2000 miles, I noticed some oscillations in the front end, mild wobbles that came on about 70 mph, and would not go away as speed increased or remained steady. No tank slapping, but very uncomfortable. I checked everything I knew to check, and had the tires rebalanced by my local shop. I tried increasing and decreasing air pressure. No improvement. I even took off my windshield. No help. Anyway, this is definitely a no-go for me. Conti needs to address this. There is a thread on ADV Rider about this problem with the TKC 70 front. Occurring on various brands and years of bikes. It was suggested by one reviewer on here that this was only a problem on the GS water cooled bikes, but mine is a cam head.
July 11, 2015
As close to an all round tire u can get
Works well in all conditions except perhaps the worst off road like mud clay or sand. Can't fault it on bitumen or gravel.
July 6, 2015
Front tire is toast - not safe to ride - at 6k miles
As another reviewer stated, its too bad I can't review the front and rear TKC70s separately. The rear is a a pretty good ~70/30 ADV tire, and the front is just horrible. I mounted these up with enough time to spare for a thorough break-in before leaving Ohio on my Super Tenere for a 5,200 mile ride to Colorado. The trip was a mix of Interstates, mountain roads and a couple hundred miles of graded dirt with occasional mud. I am very careful to check tires every morning and keep them at recommended pressures. With about 6k miles on them, the rear TKC70 is about 60% worn and has given excellent service in all riding conditions, including long days on the Interstates and heavy rain and mud on dirt roads. At the same time, the front tire has scalloped so badly that the tread blocks look like potato chips. It is so bad that the front wheel chatters when I push the bike in my driveway. No longer safe to ride.
A quick search on the internet reveals a number of new TKC70 owners with the same premature scalloping on the front tire, so this is not something unique to my bike. In fact the previous front tire on this Tenere lasted roughly 14k miles with very even wear.
Frankly, it looks as if Conti rushed this product to market without adequate design review and extended testing. Alternatively, perhaps there's a problem with how they're curing the front tires. It appears that the rubber on the central front tread blocks lacks uniform durometer (hardness), causing the edge part of each tread block to wear much faster than the center. Either way, this is a very serious problem, and the TKC70s will be the first and last product I buy from Continental.
July 5, 2015
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