Continental Twinduro TKC80 Dual Sport Tires
Good grip - - poor tread life
This tire seems to have a specialized niche in the big adventure-bike world: short trips, mostly off-road. As is commonly expected with this tire, tread life was 3,000 miles on a recent GS1200 ride that was 10% off-road, ridden in cool temps. A GSA pilot on the same trip used TKC70s showing little perceiveable wear. Had the trip been ridden in warmer temps, the TKC80s may not have lasted 2.5K miles. The tires have good grip on the loose stuff (better than the TKC70S in the mud), and they hold the pavement well for semi-aggressive knobby treads.
March 9, 2015
Love these! But not for everyone.
I've had a couple sets of these on my Tiger 800 XC and love to ride on them. As far as wear and tear, honestly, they are pretty terrible. If you ride mostly dirt, these will be perfect and you'll easily get your money's worth out of them. If you can afford to change out your tires every 2 - 4k miles, these will be your tire - dirt or street. If you're looking for an everlasting commuter tire, look elsewhere - these are not those tires.
February 25, 2015
Great on the road, too.
Bear in mind these are knobbies. I ride an R1200GS in the mountains in NC, and spend about half my time on logging roads and forest service roads. Am using the TKC80 on the front end and a Heideneau on the rear. On dirt, in mud, on gravel, this TKC tire does exactly what a knobby is supposed to do. Good traction. I have stayed up when other riders on lighter bikes have gone down. However, what really impresses me is the TKC performance on pavement. Hairpin turns? No problem, 70 mph, no problem. (Not at the same time, of course). I can literally scrape a toe on the turns, lean the bike that far over and the TKC holds on fine. I don't believe there is a better front tire for what I like to do.
February 9, 2015
Short life great tire
On my BMW R1200 GS I got about 3600 miles or 7 days of riding out of these tires, that's not so good but 500 of thouse were hard off road and the street riding was in the HOT 100+ temp. It's hard to find a tire that will perform as well and still last, so if my riding needs the off-road traction of a large lug this is the tire I will go to, if not and the riding is more street, fire roads and some dirt track I ride the Michelin anakee 3 they will blow your mind at what they can handle.
February 2, 2015
TKC 80 front tire
I really like this tire. I wish I had time to review the rear tire as well but I am selling the bike that the rear tire fits.
Thing is, that I put 4K miles on the front TKC80 on my CRF250L and then I swapped it over to my new bike to keep racking up the miles on it. I will be running that tire for at least the next 4 months or bust. It is great. Good on road traction, good off road, its the true do it all. The only time I would consider not running this tire is if I was going to do a 3500+ mile all street trip. Other than that, its my go to for my KTM 690.
January 25, 2015
Awesome on Dirt
Great on Dirt...pretty good on pavement.
short tread life.
January 19, 2015
Front is great, rear wears quickly
Mounted a set on my F800 last week for a 1100 mile trip South to Pismo Beach. Tires handled surprisingly well on pavement. Last time I did this ride I had a set of Anakee 3's. Great on the road but the front was not very good once you hit the dirt. The TKC80 front tire is great in the dirt. The rear is OK too but wears out quickly. After seeing how well the German MEFO rear tire lasted on a KTM950, I'm buying one of those next with the TKC80 on the front.
December 2, 2014
Better than I expected
I am a hard core Dunlop 606 guy but I recently bought a Honda Africa Twin that I was going to ride into the Copper Canyons on my way from Calif to Conn. I had always wondered what the TKCs were all about so I put them on since I expected a lot of highway travel.
I have to admit that I was impressed with them. As a good all around tire with a 50/50 (Street/Dirt) bias I have to give them credit for getting me through some tough terrain.
Not as grippy in the rough as the 25/75 Dunlops, they loaded up in sand and mud. Otherwise they did fine.
Mileage was impressive as I got 4000 miles out of them before they were toast. I probably would have changed them sooner but I had to wait until I got back to the US. However, even at the end they were still giving me good highway traction for cornering and braking.
December 1, 2014