Continental TKC 70 tyre test

As well as running Guided Motorbike Tours, 2-wheel enthusiast Chris Seagal is also a Gold Standard RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle Instructor.

Recently Chris switched his manual Africa Twin CRF1000 to Continental TKC 70 tyres, after noticing that one of his colleagues was also running a pair on his BMW.

Offering riders a genuine level of off-road performance without compromising on-road handling and performance, the TKC 70 is the perfect tyre for adventure bike riders who want to venture off the beaten track.

Recently Chris has posted his thoughts on the TKC 70 on his website, and here’s some of what he had to say:

“I took the plunge as my colleague was running TKC 70’s on his BMW R1200GSA and from where I was Sat they looked to be keeping him firmly on the tarmac. My other reason was to reduce the vibrations the Mitas caused due to their chunky tread pattern. Riding such considerable miles each year I was beginning to feel the vibes more so than ever and concluded this can’t be good for my aging joints! 30,000 miles on a motorcycle each year without creature comforts does, after a while, have an impact on your health. 

So I wrapped a pair of the TKC 70 Tyres around my rims and set off to Ireland on a tour. I was initially very impressed, less vibration and more “road like” feel to them. I would say they are more of a 80/20 tyre, 80% being in favour of road riding having taken them onto a hard compacted dirt road one afternoon I was a little disappointed by the lack of traction. They didn’t seem to “bite” like the Mitas did. This was understandable and acceptable, as I knew they were more biased to tarmac riding and touring than they were for off tarmac use. 

However, on the tarmac the TKC 70 performed incredibly well indeed. I was very impressed, both in Ireland and through the Vosges Mountains in France as well as the B500 in Germany. The tyres didn’t feel too hard, soft enough to give you reassurance when entering into a tight hairpin and confidence to allow you to twist the throttle just a little earlier to pull you out of a lean and power up. 

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On many occasions my footpegs on the Honda Africa Twin CRF1000 scrapped the tarmac as I leaned the bike hard into the hairpins, I believe I could have kept leaning over as the tyres never gave me any indication that they were about to disappear off into the grass verge. They remained firmly planted against the tarmac surface. I was impressed. 

I’ve had plenty of chance also to ride with the TKC 70 in the wet and I’m pleased to report they performed better than expected. Whereas my Mitas E07 tyres were like melting ice creams on a plastic bin bag, the TKC 70 stayed where I expected them to without any indication that they were going to slip or slide taking me and the bike with them. I have noticed some squaring off though but again, this is acceptable as I have completed many motorway miles since they’ve been on unfortunately. 

I have yet to wear my first set out, so I shall update this with a mileage report at some point but so far I am very pleased. I have not seen any cracking or splitting between the tread blocks either, which is very common for these tyres to do on larger adventure bikes. There still seems plenty of tread left even after 3,500 miles. 

I am a progressive rider. I ride hard and probably gave the tyres the thrashing of their life, so I am suitably impressed so far. Well done Continental, you may have well converted all of us at GMT to using your tyres. Good job.”

You can read more of what Chris had to say at www.guidedmotorbiketours.co.uk.

Check out the range of TKC 70 sizes here.