Continental TKC 70 Tires
I purchased the Continental TKC70 tires in June just before a 3000 mile round trip from my home in KY to Massachusetts.
Mostly high speed highway driving on this trip. Many miles in pouring rain. Great adhesion in all conditions giving a safe, comfortable and confident feeling. 8 thousand miles later I decided to change the rear tire before the next long trip. Still shows good tread and could safely get more miles. I purchased another TKC70 for the rear and will run the front a while longer. I'm impressed and would recommend this tire.
August 31, 2015
Tires work great on gravel roads
I can't rate the tires for wear yet. Only have a couple thousand miles on them. I really like the way they feel on pavement and gravel. One thing I've noticed, but not sure it's the tire is a high speed wobble that is set off by imperfections in the road surface. I need to play with tire pressures and see if that is the cause. Above 90 mph if you his grooved pavement or if the lanes are not exactly the same height there is a momentary wobble. This occurred on a heavily loaded 2014 R1200GS ADV.
August 24, 2015
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