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Tyres .....

Since it was a hard choice for me to decide witch tyres to use... here is some info:

I started with Continental TCK-80 at front and a Dunlop D604 (trail max) at the rear.

After 18.000 Km the TCK-80 was worn down... I had 1 puncture (europe to India) and the tyre is very easy to take of and on the rim.

The Dunlop lasted (as could be expected) a bit longer but at 22.000 it was totally worn.

Both tyres start to deform a bit at the end of there life-span... The TCK-80 even "whobbles" a bit at certain speeds. The Dunlop shows "scarry" bumps.

Now I have Bridge-stone trailwings (front and rear)... all I could get on short notice in Bangkok (continental just gone bust :-( .. so no TCK-80)

If it was up to me I would go for a TCK-80 at the front again... It give's great stability off-road and is still very good on-road.

The Dunlop was OK, but I guess any andurance-tyre at the rear will do... as long as it does not wear to fast (so no TCK-80)

I'll let you know how the trailwings work out.

Maarten (Bangkok)
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Continental isn't bust.
And they still manufacture TKC-80s. At least
according to their website and from information I gathered from another forum.
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Hi ;

I have previously used Metzeler MCE Karoo and Pirelli MT21. Both of htem where quite fine. Good traction ,puncture resistant and lasted almost 15,000 km.
Yes, they make vibration and noise.But i think comfort isnt the primary objective in such routes.
Therefore i will again use MCE Karoo, as i am about to head to same direction as you.

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OK... ok....

Maybe I did not express myself clearly Ofcourse Continental is not "bust" And, yes, they still make the TCK-80 tyre...

BUT....

The Continental-importer in bangkok, Thailand... has gone "bust" a few weeks ago... So that's why I can't get a TCK-80.. since I am in Thailand curently....

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Hi I have just found a Dunlop TrailMax 90/90 21 tyre in Ushuaia Argentina, seems to be the only tyre available in town. I have a question - does the paint mark go next to the valve or opposite?
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Since it was a hard choice for me to decide witch tyres to use... here is some info:

I started with Continental TCK-80 at front and a Dunlop D604 (trail max) at the rear.

After 18.000 Km the TCK-80 was worn down... I had 1 puncture (europe to India) and the tyre is very easy to take of and on the rim.

The Dunlop lasted (as could be expected) a bit longer but at 22.000 it was totally worn.

Both tyres start to deform a bit at the end of there life-span... The TCK-80 even "whobbles" a bit at certain speeds. The Dunlop shows "scarry" bumps.

Now I have Bridge-stone trailwings (front and rear)... all I could get on short notice in Bangkok (continental just gone bust :-( .. so no TCK-80)

If it was up to me I would go for a TCK-80 at the front again... It give's great stability off-road and is still very good on-road.

The Dunlop was OK, but I guess any andurance-tyre at the rear will do... as long as it does not wear to fast (so no TCK-80)

I'll let you know how the trailwings work out.

Maarten (Bangkok)
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