It may have been around for several decades, but the aggressive TKC 80 is “still king of the dirt” when it comes to motorcycle off-road tyres according to US-based Cycle World Magazine in their November 2016 edition.
Recently the magazine’s expert team of riders have been running a back-to-back test of the latest big ADVs in the Colorado Rockies, and when it came to choosing a control tyre there was only one stand out choice.
The big bikes on test were:
- BMW R1200GS Adventure
- KTM 1190 Adventure R
- Honda Africa Twin
- Ducati Multistrada Enduro
The aim of the test was simple; to find out which of these big bikes was the best at making adventure riding accessible for the everyday rider. To put it another way, which one would allow you to go the furthest, and with the most confidence?
There’s no doubt that BMW’s machine, which pretty much kick started this class, is more than capable of taking you around the world with a ton of gear. Likewise, the KTM will allow you to really push your riding to the very limits and travel off-road at a faster pace than any of the other machines on test – but the cheapest and lightest of the four was voted best on test by a unanimous verdict.
If you’re after an adventure bike that can handle hundreds of on-road miles, but still be great fun in the dirt, the Cycle World team say go for the Honda.
When it comes to off-road tyres that’s a much more straight forward decision – the class leading TKC 80 comes in a wide range of sizes…
You can view them all here.