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Old October 21st, 2017, 08:34 AM   #161
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I'm leaning towards the Karoo 3 170/60 rear and 130/80 front. Has anyone fit a 130/80 to the hyperstrada yet?
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Old October 21st, 2017, 05:18 PM   #162
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I'm leaning towards the Karoo 3 170/60 rear and 130/80 front. Has anyone fit a 130/80 to the hyperstrada yet?
Why not get the right sized tires? Great options out there.




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Old November 20th, 2017, 04:38 AM   #163
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Why not get the right sized tires? Great options out there.



Hey RSL my brand new rear TKC 80 got nailed, literally so I need another new tire.
How do you like that TKC 70?
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Old November 20th, 2017, 05:22 AM   #164
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TKC 70 will be fine for street use and very easy off-road, but horrible for any sort of loose or slippery unpaved surface.

The TKC80 works very well for off-road and surprisingly well with the 17" wheels on slippery dirt surfaces, even off-camber. Wet paved use is not so good as the traction control light comes on all the time. Dry paved use is better than expected. I got some 1,250 miles of life.

Conclusion is there there is no universal tire.

The Metzeler Roadtec 01 is the long life great paved traction champ. Wet or dry.

The TKC80 is short lived but very good off-road. Acceptable on pavement.
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Old November 20th, 2017, 07:39 AM   #165
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I wonder how the new Road Attack 3 will stack up against the rest.
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Old November 20th, 2017, 10:01 AM   #166
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I wonder how the new Road Attack 3 will stack up against the rest.
The latest sport touring tires are all very good. Head and shoulders better than those produced even a few years ago, like the Pilot Road 4.

Many are looking at the country of production to decide which of these tires to purchase. They are finding that the same tire produced in China to be less desirable than when produced in Europe or the US. This is due to their direct experience with tires produced at the different production centers.

I have not joined in this criticism yet as my new tire purchases are usually spread out and involve switching between off-road and on-road orientation. Thus, unable to confirm or deny their experience. However, I wonder if the unusual wear pattern those riders have experienced is due to incomplete mixing of the tire ingredients? Whether there is a reduced quality control at some production centers?

At the price of quality motorcycle tire brands, a buyer should be able to rely on the represented quality, regardless of production center. Sadly, this appears to not be the case.

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Old December 1st, 2017, 07:25 PM   #167
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I went with the TKC 80 yet again. Good thing too. Some maniac forced me off the road on a two lane off-ramp this morning. I guess they didn't see me or just didn't look when they changed from the inside lane to the outside where I was. The shoulder was half-paved the rest was dirt and I was going too fast too stay on the paved part. I hit the dirt and downshifted fast through the gears with moderate front braking and came to a totally controlled stop in short order from about 55 mph. I really think if I had street tires I would have bitten the dust big time.
Yay knobbies!
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