Continental Twinduro TKC80 Dual Sport Tires
TKC80 good choice for KTM v-twin dual sports
My new 2014 1190 KTM Adventure R gets very good grip in loose dirt, gravel and crushed stone with the Conti TKC80 tire. I pair this tire on the 21" front with a Heidenau Scout 60 on the 18" rear. Important: don't lower tire pressures. The stock wheels on these bikes can't handle it. You'll get pinch flats and dented wheels if you do. The Heidi front wears much better but won't get you the grip you'll need up front. So I put up with the reasonable Revzilla price and buy two TKC80 fronts for each Heid rear. Both tires are tubeless and rated for 100 mph.
Ted in Chicago
April 21, 2014
A little squrily at first!
These are really nice tires, but you need to get through a couple hundred miles before you can really test them. When new they tend to "wander" a bit on the road, but that feeling calms down after a while and they pretty well planted.
Awesome on dirt, good on pavement. Best to keep the bike under 90MPH to keep things sane. I can already see some
Wear on the rear after 200 miles but thats just the sharp edges of the large knobs being sanded away. I expect to get vabout 3500 miles out of these with a 80/20 (road/dirt) terrain combo
April 21, 2014
Great tread pattern!
So far I'm loving the TKC80! I have them on my F800GS and they preform Awesome!
March 16, 2014
My second TKC80 rear tire
I have these on my 2012 Tiger 800xc (great bike). The first one lasted about 2500 miles in good shape and about another 1000 in decline. At the time I replaced it, it was still handling fine on the street and light gravel roads but I wouldn't have attempted anything more sketchy with any confidence. I honestly only spend about 10% of my miles off the pavement, but when I do get off road I try to make it count. So I want a capable tire and i've been very happy with the TKC80. I'm still running the same TKC80 front tire and it is wearing very slowly. I'm pretty sure it won't be due to be replaced until the rear is toast again. Overall i've been very happy. Which is why I stuck with TKC80 again instead of trying something different like the Scout which I considered. However, if you are coming from heavily street biased tires you will definitely be giving up a lot of feel. I hated them at first, they felt like they were half filled with water haha. but once I got used to them(and scrubbed in) they will actually do most anything you ask of them on the street and crazy a lot more than any 80/20 tire is going to do off road.
January 21, 2014
Just the truth
I bought this tire to put on a bike I was selling, because I know it is extremely popular and gives the bike a rugged off road look. It is not my personal first choice so I bought it for cosmetic reasons.
But I have put 800 miles on the tire and can give you my impressions. When it was brand new, there was an obvious quickening in the turning in characteristic. The tire is VERY rounded and gets the bike "over" quickly. As it wore in during the trip that diminished somewhat. When riding I try not to over-scrutinize new items. Instead I ride my normal style and see if I notice anything different. I rode paved mountain curves in the rain with confidence, Went on some 4WD roads and a couple of limited trails and the best thing I can say about it is... I didn't notice it. Which means it didn't dissapoint nor surprise. I've been running the Heidenau and was satisfied with this tire. The TKC80 looks great on the bike and delivers on performance. It does however have a traditionally short lifespan, which is why I choose the Heidenau. If wear length were equall, I would have a hard time choosing between the two.
November 26, 2013
Good Traction, Marginal Tire Life
Finding that combination of an adventure tire that offers decent traction off-road with good tire life is always elusive and I gave the TKC-80 rear a try on my Husqvarna TR650. Off-road performance was good and better than most of the stock offerings on adventure bikes--especially when paired with a front tire that's a bit more knobby like (in my case a D606).
On the road I found the TKC 80 to wander a bit at 70+, but decent overall. It seemed fairly well planted in the rain as well.
My only real complaint is the on road mileage was far below what I was expecting (or hoping). The first 1000 miles wore the tread down to about half--which surprised me. The last half seemed to wear a bit better at about 2000 miles, but in the end I'm faced with a tire that only gets about 3000 miles before it's toast.
A competent tire I can recommend with a big qualification on road mileage, but my next try will be a Heidenau K60 Scout rear.
October 28, 2013
Running this Running this tire on the front with a K60 on the rear. Just got home from a 300 mile jaunt, two up, 60% forest roads (mixed sand, mud and gravel). All of our time on the tarmac was spent in the rain and about 15 miles of light snow.
The tire held well, handled the forest roads like a champ and stuck to the wet/cold hardtop like it should. Some low spend chatter and vibrations, but above 40 mph the tire smooth’s out.
Will definitely keep the TKC 80 on the front.
tire on the front with a K60 on the rear.
Bike: 2012 Vstrom DL1000
September 30, 2013
Best for on / off tar use... secure in the dirt and surprising in the twisties.
Another option is the K60 Scout Rear and TKC80 Front for best wear mileage...
September 16, 2013