Designed to sit slap bang in the middle of our more off-road oriented TKC 80 Twinduro and the increasingly popular road biased ContiTrailAttack 2, the new TKC 70 offers big adventure bike riders a perfect blend of the two. Aimed at riders who do most of their mileage on the road, but who do not want to compromise on off-road ability it handles like a sport touring tyre, but will take you well off the beaten track too!
At the beginning of August we invited Adventure Bike Rider magazine to their first ever tyre launch, and in their September/October 2014 issue they give their thoughts on the event, the test routes and most importantly the new tyre.
With 30 bikes from a range of manufacturers to choose from, riders were somewhat spoiled for choice:
- BMW R1200 GS & GSA
- Triumph Tiger Explorer
- Honda Crosstourer
- Suzuki V-Strom 1000 & 650
- KTM 1190 Adventure (much fought over)
- Yamaha Super Tenere
On road, journalists were treated to around 180 miles of fast, open and sweeping A-roads as well as lots of single track, gravel based B-roads. The weather was a real mix of sun and rain, so the roads changed from dry to wet and back again several times. Just a typical day in Wales! The route markers can be found in the latest edition of the magazine if you want to replicate the ride, which takes you across the stunning Barmouth bridge as pictured above.
On-road ABR said “What impressed us most was the level of grip in all conditions. In the fast sweeping sections you didn’t have to hold back. You could ride at your normal pace with no sense that the tyres had a forty percent off-road bias. Transition from upright to lean angle was also smooth and progressive, with no noticeable roll of the tread block and no audible noise or rumble from the tyre.”
Speaking to Chris Moss, a well-known bike journalists and former TT racer he told ABR that he felt the TKC 70 offered more on-road grip than the OE tyres on the V-Strom 1000 he had chosen for the day, rating them as “a very good performance road tyre.”
The off-road sections were predominantly on fire trails and service roads used by the Forestry Commission. Thanks to the rain they were rather solid and dust free. However, we decided to throw in some steeper rocky descents, relatively muddy farm tracks and grass sections for a real mix of terrain! ABR felt the tyre would have been more than up to the job on their recent trips to the Midlands and Salisbury Plain ABR rallies.
Summing up on the new all-round TKC 70 ABR concluded:
“The TKC70s impressed on the off-road sections. More so, they impressed on the road where the grip in all conditions was as good as any road-oriented tyre. It was this transitions between being a great road tyre, and a perfectly capable off-road tyre that made the greatest impression.”
The first TKC 70 radial sizes are due to in October, and with three fantastic options for your big adventure bike, Continental can take you wherever you decide to go, no matter which way you decide to get there. Now that’s freedom!