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post #21 of 31 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 01:16 AM
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heres what I know for sure...... TKC... good, K60... bad. this by a looooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnngggggg margin

if I'm answering your question I assume the basic points have been addressed, such as: did you do a compression test? is it still on fire?
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heres what I know for sure...... TKC... good, K60... bad. this by a looooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnngggggg margin
Euh, no. Apples and oranges.

TKC80 is barely at most fair, as a fallback if you cannot find anything else. It's expensive and short lasting, and it looses instantly compared to shinko 805, metzeller Karoo3, or dunlop 606, in the same 50/50 (perhaps 60/40) category.

K60 scout is excellent --> for an 80/20! On the basis of lifespan and the humble grip in sand.
But no good for what it claims to be (70/30 or 60/40) because of the grip-less center strip in all other terrain.
(talking about a 150/70 rear of course; otherwise, without a centre strip, it compares yet beats the mitas e07).

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the TKC does wear faster.... thats why it grips the pavement so well for a tire with big knobs. thats the price you pay. I liked the 606 on the back, not on the front. I don't have much experience with the Sahara 3 but it seemed like a good tire. I like the MT21 a lot. but none of that was the question..... its about the K60..... a tire that sucks donkey balls

if I'm answering your question I assume the basic points have been addressed, such as: did you do a compression test? is it still on fire?

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about the K60..... a tire that sucks donkey balls
if you could justify your claim, your opinion might actually begin to matter.
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if you could justify your claim, your opinion might actually begin to matter.
how about the opinion of the manager of one of the largest MC dealers in Alaska, they sell thousands of DS type tires to seasonal riders traveling the northern routes. i watch bike forum traffic from that area, lots of useful info, including tires.

"...and we stock plenty of TKC-80s and TKC-70s as well as a bunch of other ADV tires. I can confirm we are no longer stocking many Heidenaus because we consider them a safety liability, and about 25% of the tires we receive from them are damaged or unusable." the other large Anchorage dealer quit Heidenaus too.

as far as the TKC80, i've used up a dozen sets of these tires, how about you? should your opinion on the TKC80 tire matter to me?

i've also run the Shinko 804/805, and the only reason they're on the bike now is price...they're cheap, at least they have that going for them, but offer no advantage in any other area, including miles.


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how about the opinion of the manager of one of the largest MC dealers in Alaska, they sell thousands of DS type tires to seasonal riders traveling the northern routes. i watch bike forum traffic from that area, lots of useful info, including tires.

"...and we stock plenty of TKC-80s and TKC-70s as well as a bunch of other ADV tires. I can confirm we are no longer stocking many Heidenaus because we consider them a safety liability, and about 25% of the tires we receive from them are damaged or unusable." the other large Anchorage dealer quit Heidenaus too.

as far as the TKC80, i've used up a dozen sets of these tires, how about you? should your opinion on the TKC80 tire matter to me?

i've also run the Shinko 804/805, and the only reason they're on the bike now is price...they're cheap, at least they have that going for them, but offer no advantage in any other area, including miles.

Saying that 25% of what you get is damaged is a sad fact (getting chinese clones?), but doesn't explain how an undamaged k60 tire is bad. I don't love it. I did write that I don't like it because the low traction from the continuous centrer strip (for the relevant size that has it), if the purpose was to serve as a 50/50. But as a 80/20, this tire is damn good and I have not read one reason that would deter a buyer. It's about being objective as possible until delivering the subjective evaluation.

And if your opinion is not based on facts, measurements or plausible logic, then no it doesn't matter. Sorry.
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ya, right there... I would say the K65 is better described as 80/20. the only thing they have going is long wear. I had them on my BMW1150 and F650 at one time and did not like them. I've run TKCs a bunch on my GS and KLR and have nothing but good to say about how they handle. 3k on the back is about all I could get, so ya, gets expensive. I have extra rear wheels though & run a Tourance when I don't absolutely need the TKC.

if you want an 80/20.... try a Tourance (on the back)... surprisingly good off road unless its muddy. they run as long as pretty much any tire out there. lot of GS guys run the Tourance on the back & TKC up front.

no front tire I ever used vibrated as bad, wobbled, or made more noise than the K60. I only ran the second set because they were new and someone gave them to me.

edit: I have a friend that runs TKCs until they are paper thin & gets like 5k miles out of the rear. he's 6'5" & rides hard on an 1150GS. I won't run them any tire that bald, so 3k, 3500 & they are done for me. the only big knob tire I trust and love as much as the TKC is the Pirelli MT21

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After all I've read, I've recently purchased 705's for the front and rear. I figure I can switch up for the price, if I don't like them (under $200/set). I really want the knobby look of the TKC 80, but would prefer not to change the rear in the middle of the summer, due to the miles I drive back and forth to the shop. I'll be pounding the pavement for 50 plus miles one way, with just under 10 on gravel roads, depending on the scenery I want. Sounds like the Shinko's are the best mix. The boss (wife) only had a slight frown when I told her how much I spent, so BONUS! I figure now she'll let me get a skid plate to protect my now much safer, investment. Youngest was just accepted to MSU, so I have 6 months to accessorize before the well dries up!!!!
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The well just dried up. Within the last 5 minutes, the boss (wife) just informed me we bought a new Suburban PREMIERE, because tuition to Michigan State obviously wasn't enough. You know, need the extra room with only the 2 of us left in the household. I guess the full size Silverado was just too small. @&$";:/--!!!!!!!!
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I guess the skid plate is off
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