Continental Twinduro TKC80 Dual Sport Tires
Great off road tire, but won't last 5000 miles on road due to wear.
I've run TKC 80 tires exclusively on my BMW R1150GS ADV and am amazed at the traction on road. I do 90% road 10% offroad, so really the TKC 80 is not really the optimum tire for me, but I WANT that gravel and sand grabbing off road confidence when I do go off road, and this tire delivers that. I require that extra off road performance because I don't have much off road experience, so I like to stack the cards in my favor a bit, despite wearing out tires by running them on pavement most of the time. I just ran a brand new Revzilla bought rear TKC 80 tire 3405 miles in 9 days on a national parks tour on asphalt interstate and hwy, with 10% on gravel back roads and got back yesterday. The bike was load was moderate to heavy, and the rear tire was 80% gone on the central and secondary knobs, but it got me home. The front has 5000+ miles and only 35% worn. That gives you and idea of the lifespan on road. I'm going to try the Heidenau K60 Scout for the rear and keep the TKC 80 for the front, so both tire lifespans will even out a bit. The TKC 80 is truly a fine tire that performs, but you can only compromise between off road performance and highway longevity and traction. Pick the tire that best suits your driving usage to maximize your purchase. I cannot recommend the TKC 80 highly enough for dirt and gravel roads for heavy dual sport bikes. The price here on Revzilla for this tire edges out all the competition by a few dollars, and they ship fast, so buy 'em here.
July 6, 2015
Great front tire.
I run the TKC 80 on the front. I've used one on the front of several bikes and get around 9000 miles on the front. I've tried the rear and really like the traction, but only get around 3500 miles. The TKC 80 on the front gets excellent traction and wears well. I can get some pretty good lean angles on pavement.
June 29, 2015
Short and sweet
I don't know why this tire didn't last very long. I would think the 180 width would spread the load and reduce the wear but perhaps more rubber equals more friction? You'd think they'd anticipate the 180 width going on more powerful bikes and use a harder compound. I ran this on a set of 17/19 rims on a KTM 990 with a 5.5 rear width rim. Nonetheless the first one lasted 1500 miles. Ouch. I bought a second and was much gentler and it looks like it will stretch to 2000, still not much better. Oddly the 150 width on my 18" rims goes for 2500-3000.
I wish there was more 180 options but the TKC is the standard bearer. Good on pavement and good on dirt and great on neither but truly a DUAL sport tire.
June 29, 2015
Ture ADV tire
This tire was used on a TR 650 Terra for a ADV in Colorado. We were pushed around by the weather so we ended up riding more asphalt than intended. But I can say this tire did nothing but work in all conditions. Asphalt, wet and dry, rocks,and mud. Tread life is short but it does so many different terrains so well it's not surprising. I've got about 1500 miles on the rear tire and it's at half life.
June 26, 2015
Only Tires for Me
Just replacing the rear this time, but these are the only tires I run on my 2005 F650GS (4th set). While there are other shoes out there that will last longer, there isn't anything else that gives me the confidence to tackle any road surface ... and I am the type of rider that will be on pavement one minute, then veer off the next on some pathetic excuse for a road. On tarmac they stick well (granted no super heavy leaning in the turns or you'll fall off the blocks), and off road they surf the crud with awe inspiring prowess. Nothing else. For me. Ever.
June 15, 2015
2014 Tiger 800 XC owner. Love this tire!
I use a combination of the TKC on the front and the heidenue Scott 60 on the rear. Great combo for both on road and off road. I ride mostly pavement but I am confident in the wet taking an aggressive lean. The tire holds well and pretty smooth ride. It gets a little bumpy when riding slow but not to the point of pain or loss of control. It is a good choice for an Adventure bike and looks good as well. Have about 4k on it and still have plenty of tread life. Expect to get 7k out of it.
May 27, 2015
Great off road tire.
TKC 80s are the gold standard for off road, but are known for low tread life, especially on the rear. I combine the longer wearing front tire with a Heidenau K60 Scout on the rear. Best of both worlds.
May 25, 2015
Great Tire to use with Heidenau on F800GS
I replaced my worn TKC80 on the front as it had given me good service. I run a Heidenau K60 on the rear. I prefer a TKC80 on the rear, but they wear too rapidly. The TKC80 on the front allows for off-road riding when combined with the Heidenau on the rear. If I were riding technical off-road I would go with the TKCs front and rear. Good tires on and off road.
May 14, 2015