Continental TKC 80 | Enduro Tire Review

Continental TKC 80 | Enduro Tire Review


The right tires are a pretty important aspect of riding motorcycles as the black rings made out of rubber are the only contact point between your bike and the surface that you ride on On my XT660R I used the Continental TKC 80 tires for over two years now I use the XT about 60% on regular roads and 40% off the road The Conti’s aren’t the cheapest tires for both on-& offroad use Therefore, they are really good on bitumen & provide reasonable grip in most offroad riding conditions In slippery corners the stubbies provide quite some grip, but when traction begins to break, the rear end quickly starts to slide For all of you drifters out there, this might be a pretty good tire choice as the rear end stays pretty stable even while going sideways Of course you should have some control over your throttle hand On dry road corners I often scratched my footpegs & once even the sidestand on those tires On wet road I didn’t try that, but never had the feeling of losing grip When braking hard you can clearly feel the front stubbs squeeze & distort, before they rapidly start to break traction which is a good indicator of how hard to brake If your bike does have ABS, this should not be a problem The biggest downside about the TKC80’s is the poor tread-consistency After the first few hundred kilometres I always noticed pretty much wear especially at the rear wheel The front wheel’s tread receives a lot of saw-tooth-wear, which after about 7000 kilometres looks like this I usually had to replace the rear wheel twice as often as the front one So, should you buy these tires? Well, as always it depends on what you wanna ride on The TKC 80 clearly is a dual sport tire for 50:50 use on-& offroad If you ride more on road, get a tire with less aggressive tread if you prefer hitting more dirt, get something more like a motocross tire Those usually are very shitty on bitumen If you’re not sure, just search for some comparison reviews with different manufacturers

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