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Old January 18th, 2017, 05:00 PM   #1
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Continental TKC-70 is available for the Hyper



Continental Motorcycle Tires TKC 70

As you will note, there is indeed a rear tire that fits all the 2013+ Hyper.

Some use the TKC-80 for the front, others the TKC-70, each work fine for the designed purpose.

I discussed the availability with Continental and was told that we must demand that retailers add the 180/55/17 to their stock, as they are available.

One more set of Diablo Rosso IIIs for my spring paved ride, then it will be the TKC-70.

180/55 ZR 17 M/C (73 W) TL M+S 0244465

120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58 W) TL M+S 0244463

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Old January 19th, 2017, 05:31 AM   #2
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WOW, that looks sweet! Any word on mileage & price?
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Old January 19th, 2017, 05:44 AM   #3
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On AdvRider guys with GSs are getting great mileage. Far more with their heavier bikes than I would ever guess. But then, everyone gets more miles out of tires than I do.

For off-road use the TKC 80 in front keeps you going the direction you want in mud and sand.

The block pattern on the front will wear weird and scallop with higher miles.

Price is normal for tires.

My thought is that if the GS crowd is getting to Alaska and back with a set of these, I should be able to get maybe 5,000 miles?

My thought is that I won't have the loss of street traction with these, the way I do with the TKC 80s.



These would be far better than getting the Pirelli Scrambler tires.

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Old January 19th, 2017, 08:38 AM   #4
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I'm having weird wear issues with my front scorpion trail 2 tire - a fairly deep tread tire. It's scalloped on one side and sort of mushed over in parts ,after maybe 3k miles. Will be sending Pirelli photos and see what's up. I'm careful with tire pressure, only use highways when needed, and used them about 90-10 as marked on the box. Curious.
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Old January 19th, 2017, 03:51 PM   #5
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I buy tires from American Motorcycle Tire. As such, I've asked them to ask Continental for our size rear tire.

Will let you know what I learn.

This may be the best compromise tire for light off-road riding and dependable street traction.
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Old January 20th, 2017, 02:23 AM   #6
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Received a reply from American Motorcycle Tire last night. These are special order tires but certainly are available.

$269.01 delivered for both tires.

You must request them.

LINK: American Motorcycle Tire - American Motorcycle Tire or email: customerservice@americanmototire.com

Here are the part numbers:

180/55 ZR 17 M/C (73 W) TL 0244465

120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58 W) TL 0244463
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Old January 20th, 2017, 05:19 AM   #7
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HUGE TKC 70 review thread with more info than you can digest:

LINK New Continental TKC 70 | Page 61 | Adventure Rider

Bottom line is that riders of heavier bikes love the tire because the grip on pavement well dry & wet, they offer moderate off-road traction everywhere except sand and mud. But, they don't pack with mud, so maintain grip.

Long lasting tire with mileage that stuns me, since I never get many miles regardless of motorcycle or tire. My riding style may have something to do with that though.

I ordered a set.
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I don't typically ride off the pavement all that much, but when I do, something like these would be perfect. Price isn't too bad! I install them myself anyways.

I wonder how close they are to a sport touring tire on the road. The Bridgestones I've been using haven't let me down, except in lack of total mileage.

Edit: reading your linked advrider thread right now.
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Old January 20th, 2017, 05:55 AM   #9
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Guys are saying it's more of a real 80/20 tire, with reliable grip on asphalt.

For Pirelli to say that the Scorpion is 80/20 is a joke. it maybe a 98/2 tire, better than the Diablo Rosso IIIs I have now, but not by much. In exchange the Rosso IIIs are a street tire that won't disappoint when at track days.

I need a all around tire for my backroad explorations. For those times I get a wild hair to check out the waterfalls.



Yet, as opposed to the terrific TKC 80s, I desire a lot more street performance and a lot less pucker factor than the 80s offered on wet asphalt.
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I've ridden the scorpion trail 2s on some pretty tough roads and gravel (including the golden road) and they did OK. Fine on road wet or dry. Noted trouble above with front tire wear.

I'm not much of an offroad rider, but I think the limits of the stock suspension and gearing will be the biggest obstacle when facing big obstacles.

Here's a new tire released with the desert sled: Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR | MCN

Looks interesting - who knows?
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