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Continental TKC70 Dual Sport Tires

Bridging the gap between the more off-road oriented TKC 80 Twinduro Tires and the Trail Attack 2 Tires, the Continental TKC70 Tires make an excellent 60% on-road and 40% off-road option. Featuring innovations you've come to expect from Continental like 0° steel belt construction for superior stability and comfort even at high cruising speeds and Continuous Compound-Technology, the TKC70 tires adapt to changing conditions with ease. 

Specifically designed to help alleviate the complaints of short wear-life of the TKC80 Tires, the TKC70's are equally at home on light trail work as they are on slab. The usability of a slightly more street-oriented design is apparent and provides a high level of grip in all wet and dry conditions thanks to Continental's Rain Grip Compound. Aggressive siping and self-cleaning grooves add to the inclement-weather prowess of the TKC 70. When the open road calls, expect excellent mileage for long trips on asphalt and quiet, high-speed stability due to the central band on the rear tire.

An ideal ADV Tire choice for larger displacement bikes like:

  • KTM 1190 Adventure
  • Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200
  • BMW R1200GSW
  • Suzuki V-Strom 1000
  • Yamaha Super Tenere
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Compromise 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
sent back 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
Somewhat Squirrely 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
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Houck c/o M: Wanted to try out the new product. Jun 15, 2015
Robert H: Needed a more dirt oriented tire, but not as aggressive as a TKC80. Jun 6, 2015
Paul A: Hoping to increase mileage over TKC80 Jun 3, 2015
Terry A: Based on forum research for my application, as well as other reviews. Jun 2, 2015
Daniel W: Looking for a rear tire to compliment the TKC-80 on the front of my R1200GS ADV. I had been running a Tourance (not Next ) on the rear and it worked pretty well, just looking for something more dirt - orientated. After 500 miles ( highway,
backroad and dirt roads), the rear TKC-70 seems to be working pretty well although at this point, I am not convinced it will be better all-around tire than the Tourance. Time will tell.
May 4, 2015
Cliff D: My tkc 80 rear tire burned off too quickly, and I wanted to try a semi off road tire to match the tkc 80 front tire to try that combination. May 1, 2015
Julian C: i ve read lot of reviews and these seem to meet my needs in terms of 70 to 80 road use and 30 20 off road use. also because they last long and behaves well in all weather conditions. bmw r 1200 gsa W Apr 30, 2015
Albert H: Looked cool, had good reviews, my old tires were shot. Apr 30, 2015
Diego A: Its the perfect dual sport tire, Apr 28, 2015
David W: Need more of an aggressive tread than the types that came on the GS, and don't want full knobby TKC80s. Apr 27, 2015
David R: TKC80's dont last long enough, hoping these will! Apr 23, 2015
B M: Currently running TKC80s; need a more 50/50 tyre. My KTM friends are telling me how amazing these tyres are in the rain! Apr 23, 2015
Doug D: looking for a duel sport tire that will last over 2,000 miles but still work off road. Apr 22, 2015
DeanMPhoto: Continental is my tire of choice but, the Trail Attack are too street oriented and don't handle so well off road. My BMW R1200 GSA came with them from the factory and turned out to be my highest mileage tire in 43 years of riding. The TKC-80s, I've heard (never ran them) wear out within 3K. I look forward to getting these TKC-70s and giving them a try. I'm sure they are going to be a great tire! Apr 19, 2015
Keith H: Street performance w some dirt road capability Apr 18, 2015
Steve T: Good on line reviews and write-up in Cycle World. Apr 16, 2015
Kevin W: Looking for a good cross over tire reviews were good. Apr 10, 2015
John P. W: I really wanted the Heidenau K60 Scout, but I can't wait any longer. In my research and reviews think this might be the next best option, so I will give it a try. Apr 1, 2015
Harlan S: reviews Apr 1, 2015
D M: Reviews, videos, and friends' advice Mar 27, 2015
T M: My Metzeler Tourance was worn out after approximately 8500 miles. Was looking for a new DS tire with little bit more off road
Feb 24, 2015
Kenny C: Availability, reviews, and capabilities of this tire led me to the choice. If I had the time to wait, I may have purchased the Heidenau K60s instead. Contis are great tires - I don't have any reservations about giving them a shot on my next Adventure trips (Big Bend and the Continental Divide from NM through CO to MT and back to TX! Can't wait for the trip! Feb 16, 2015
Doug M: I have heard good things about this tire. Dec 9, 2014
robert b: The TKC 80 is a fabulous tire on my WR250R, wanted to try out the TKC 70 on my new WR250X. Nov 6, 2014
Rob H: Want something a little bit more street oriented (have to face reality), quieter, and better wear than TKC80s on my GSA. Most of my off-road riding is on dry packed dirt anyway, not a lot of mud or sand. Really looking forward to these! Oct 4, 2014
A shopper asked: Hi, is this tire M+S rated? Jan 13, 2015
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enrique u: I dont know what MS means.
What I can tell you is that the TKC 70 is the best 50%-50% I ever used.
If your ride is on streat and gravel it is perfect.
It has a great grip in rain.
If you use it in sand or mud it wont work.
Jan 13, 2015
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TallChief C: To my knowledge, the M+S rating (mud and snow) never applies to motorcycle tires - it is an automotive tire only designation. Generally, if a moto tire has large, deep voids in the tread, such as a knobby style, it will do well in mud. Dual-sport tires like the TKC 70 are biased toward good pavement performance, but will be adequate for up to semi-loose dirt, shallow sand, and small gravel roads without much finesse or work. Anything more challenging and you will be working the bike more and relying on riding technique to not get you stuck.

Snow is a condition I don't think I have read much about or experienced for motorcycling riding, other than ATV bikes, but light slush would probably be handled reasonably by a tire with good wet traction, which this tire is supposed to have.
Jan 13, 2015
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james c: it is, but don't think you can go to extremes with it,

I like them after they broke in, but when I went in a wet field, the front end slips some,

I will get another set.
Jan 13, 2015
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Vladimir M asked: This summer I'm riding from MN to CO, to ride The Boreas pass and the Monarch pass. I can't seem to decide between the TKC 70 or Karoo 3. I'm leaning towards TKC 70 because of road performance but I'm not if they are aggressive enough for the off-road rides I mentioed. Will the Conti do the job? Mar 26, 2015
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Allen K: I installed a set of TKC-70's on a 2008 BMW R1200 GS Adventure. The prior two sets were TKC-80's. Though I only have approximately 1500 miles on the tires the most dramatic difference has been the handling on paved roads particularly in corners. At high speeds the front does tend to wander a bit; not bad unless you plan on riding at 90+. Compared to the Metzler Tourance the TKC-70 feels better planted and inspires confidence in corners. Upright riding feels comparable to any tire with a rounded profile. The obvious difference in performance is in the dirt; the 70, lacking the large square knobs as the 80, does not dig in soft loose conditions. However on fire trails and pack dirt conditions the 70 is right at home. And with the solid paved road performance I have been very happy with the TKC-70! Mar 27, 2015
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Duane E N: I have not yet put these tires onto my bike, but they are planned to go on just before a trip to Alaska from MN on my GS Adventure. I looked for a higher mileage tire with more tread for our dirt road journeys. I think they will work well for my use, but an aggressive would be the best for rugged trail use. I'll do a tire update after my June/July trip! Mar 27, 2015
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Peter S: I can't really say. I still haven't recieved my front tire I ordered 5 months ago and am still waiting Mar 27, 2015
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Vladimir M: Thanks everyone Apr 8, 2015
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jose luis h asked: Has anyone had any experience with this tire on a Triumph Tiger 800 (roadie)? I currently use the Anakee 3 which is great on paved roads & fairly decent off road, but am looking to try the TKC70 as it is a little more aggressive for taking off road. Dec 30, 2014
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Allen K: Hey Jose! I recently installed a set of TKC-70's on a 2008 BMW R1200 GS Adventure. The prior two sets were TKC-80's. Though I only have approximately 300 miles on the tires the most dramatic difference has been the handling on paved roads particularly in corners. Compared to the Metzler Tourance the TKC-70 feels better planted and inspires confidence in corners. Upright riding feels comparable to any tire with a rounded profile. The obvious difference in performance is in the dirt; the 70, lacking the large square knobs as the 80, does not dig in soft loose conditions. However on fire trails and pack dirt conditions the 70 is right at home. And with the solid paved road performance I have been very happy with the TKC-70! Jan 1, 2015
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jose luis h: Thanks Allen! I think I'll give them a try. Most of my riding is paved and the A3s are ok on fire roads but it looks like the Tkc80 is more like the A2, a little more aggressive than the A3. I think the tkc80 will be slightly better than the A3 for my needs. Thanks again. Jan 6, 2015
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Curvin B asked: How is performance in the rain/wet roads? Apr 27, 2015
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Allen K: Since I live in Southern California there has not been much (any) rain to offer me the opportunity to do any extensive rain rides. However, with the little I have done I can say that the tires gripped well on flat open road as well as in the twisties. Overall I've been very happy with the TKC70. My only complaint is that at higher speeds(85mph+) the front does wander a wee bit. Nothing that is frightening, but indeed noticeable when riding a loaded BMW 1200 GS Adventure. Apr 28, 2015
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Dave Y: Wet performance is quite good, borderline excellent... same comments for dry. I have about 3,000 mi on them so far. Previous tire was Michelin Anakee 3's, which were not so good in wet. Having some wear concerns on the front, but had similar issues with the Anakee, so not sure i'd blame the tire - must be bike related? Rear wearing just fine. Have not yet been offroad, but have plans to do so next month. Apr 27, 2015
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William J: They do pretty good for the most part, just dont push it. I had the front tire slip away a bit on the highway, Of course i was pushing a bit..70MPH in a left hander down I5 into oregon during a downpour. other than that they seem to work pretty darn good. I put 3 thousand miles on them so far and thats the only issue. Apr 27, 2015
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Jim j: I found these to be the best all round tire I've used. It preformed excellent on both wet and dry roads riding through Mexico. Very confidence inspiring on my 1200GSA. Swapped the rear for another one at 7000 mikes and I probably could have gotten another 1000! Apr 27, 2015
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Vincenzo M: I live in L.A. so I haven't had the chance to test it in the wet yet but so far are doing amazing on and off road. The only "problem", if you can call it a problem is that the bike vibrates quite a lot over 110mph Apr 28, 2015
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james c: not bad, but on my 1200GWSA, high speed, above 80 mph, is not good,

very unstable, others on BMW's have mention that as well.

good luck

Apr 27, 2015
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enrique u: Much better than the TKC 80. I only had one heavy rain trip, most on gravel and only 20 miles on pavement and they handled very well.
Apr 27, 2015
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Mosey L asked: how many miles are you getting out of the front / rear ? May 27, 2015
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Vincenzo M: So far 4k and both tires still looks in an amazing shape. I'm not that good off road, I'm learning right now, I did fire's roads and some sand and I felt very comfortable and the bike feels very stable. On the street it's incredible how much you can lean the bike in a curve .
Tires are very quiet at high speed
The only "issue" is that, the front tire, starts wobbling quite a lot over 115-120 mph
So far are te best tires for me
May 27, 2015
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james c: my answer was over 8000 miles on them, but on my BMW 1200 GSWA, 2014, they are were not good on the highway, above 70 mph, the front end would wobble,

on other motorcycles, no problem, I talked to the Continental Rep, and I told them of my problem, she asked, do you have one of those new BMW's, I said yes,

I hope this helps.

May 27, 2015
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Henry W: Currently have 4500 miles on the tires. Cycle is an F 700 GS. Front tire shows 45 to 50% wear with moderate cupping. Some vibration at low speeds and increased noise levels above 45 mph. Rear tire looks to be 35 to 40% worn down. No cupping showing, starting to show mild flat area in center. May 30, 2015
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Allen K: I have been riding my R1200RT more often than the R1200GSA, so I only have 1500 miles on the TKC70. I will offer an entry regarding the mileage after I get close to purchasing new tires. However with said 1500 miles both the front and rear tire look great with little wear. May 28, 2015
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enrique u: I am still using them and I have runned 4000 Mls.
I have used them in very hard rocky roads and they perform great !!
May 27, 2015
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A shopper asked: Can these tires be run with tubes? Need the 90/90 and 130 x 17 for my KLR 650. Jan 19, 2015
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Peter S: Yes I'm running them on my tiger 800 XC Feb 3, 2015
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A shopper asked: I have a 2006 Buell Ulysses that I want a more agressive tread for off road and really like the looks of the TKC 70. My rear tire is 180/55R-17 and it doesn't show it in this size. How will a 170/60R-17 compare? Will it work? Dec 6, 2014
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