Continental Twinduro TKC80 Dual Sport Tires
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
Traction for big bikes....
3k and the rear is 40%... front hardly showing wear. Excellent gravel traction when aired down. Surprisingly good twisty paved road performance. No braking issues with ABS system on the Super Tenere.
September 9, 2013
Does many jobs
I bought a set of these for a Rawhyde intro class. Had them mounted on to my 2012 R1200GS at Ventura County BMW. Took the long way from Ventura to Castaic, via some really nice twisties and was amazed at the response from these chunky tires. I'm not a peg-scraper, but didn't lean any less than usual into the turns (even with the tires being new). Took the adventure intro class at Rawhyde, then into the Mojave for their Base Camp Alpha offering. Kept the air pressures low (in the 20s) the whole time, even when between trails on tarmac at and above freeway speeds. Rode back to Seattle at 36/42 pressures with no problems. Was able to get quite a few more miles out of the rear (didn't really pay much attention to the miles, I just looked at the wear bars). I have since replaced the rear with another TKC80, use the bike for commuting and weekend trips. These tires are excellent, as is the customer service from Revzilla. I will probably replace these before winter with something like Tourances or Distanzias. I'm hoping there'll still be enough tread on the TKCs for next spring.
September 7, 2013
very good tire for the money.
Excellent choice for dual sport bikes, you can go on the street with a super grip and jump into the dirt without any traction problem. It is a great product and I will stick to it.
August 30, 2013
great in dry off road, fantastic on the pavement
Excellent tire and a great value, I will buy it again
August 26, 2013