Major brands choose Continental
The performance of Continental tires is not only supported by users, but also by today’s most important motorcycle brands. There are many brands that choose our models as the original tire to dress their bikes. Recently BMW announced that its 2021 BMW R nineT Urban G/S would have the TKC 80 in its off-road configuration. But this is not the only model that come standard with Continental, today we wanted to do a review of the best 2021 bikes equipped with our tires.
1. BMW R 1250 GS and GS Adventure – TKC 80
The TKC 80 tires have been tested on long routes and even in competitions, provide great traction and possibilities in soft off-road terrain. That is one of the reasons why BMW has chosen the TKC 80 as the original tire to dress the BMW R 1250 GS and its Adventure version.
Taking advantage of its 40th anniversary celebration, BMW has revamped the BMW R 1250 GS and GS Adventure with improvements to the electronics, including DTC dynamic traction control, BMW Integral ABS Pro, new “Eco” riding mode and new 12V and USB-A voltage sockets with 5V power. BMW has also updated the standard and optional equipment, both models have different extra options such as height adjustment of the handlebars, the new Pro modes or seat heating driver and passenger among others.
The TKC 80 – a favorite in the adventure segment after 35 years on the market – are the ideal on/off tires for adventurous bikers who also ride long road sections. Their lugs on the tread generate enormous traction but without losing surprisingly good handling performance. The TKC 80 has been developed to offer a balanced orientation of 80% off-road and 20% asphalt.
2. KTM 390 Duke – ContiMotion
KTM is another brand that does not hesitate to rely on Continental as original tire to dress their models. The Austrian brand has chosen the ContiMotion sport touring tire for the KTM 390 Duke.
The KTM 390 Duke is one of the most attractive options for riders who are looking for a daily transport with character and fun at the same time. The Austrian naked excels in power-to-weight ratio above all else, as it maintains its power output at 44 hp (32 kW) for a dry weight of less than 150 kg.
Like the KTM 390 Duke, the ContiMotion tires have been created to respond to any road conditions. It has ZeroDegree technology on the rear tire for greater stability and handling. Kilometers are not a problem for the ContiMotion because of their durability.
3. KTM 390 Adventure – TKC 70
KTM is one of the most representative brands in the Trail segment. After the success of its Adventure and Super Adventure models, the brand launched in 2020 the KTM 390 Adventure, a new model aimed at newer riders that comes standard with Continental TKC 70.
The KTM 390 Adventure has the same 373 cc engine as its RC and Duke sisters and is distinguished by its high power-to-weight ratio, top-level technology (electronic throttle, switchable traction control, connectivity…) and top-level chassis components. Its suspensions and ergonomics are designed for long trips while being able to face off-road outings with great capacity.
Continental TKC 70 tires are one of the most reputable and charismatic trail models for lovers of trail bikes and motorcycle travel. They are versatile, their orientation is 80% asphalt and 20% off-road and they are perfectly adapted to the small Adventure. Despite their great performance on asphalt, the TKC 70 have a very reliable off-road behavior and are very agile on dirt.
4. KTM 890 Duke – ContiRoad
The arrival of the 2021 KTM 890 Duke was one of the most anticipated of the season, arrives to replace the KTM 790 Duke, and does so with more power and improvements in electronics. The naked arrives with renewed electronics, with a 6-axis IMU, electronic throttle, several riding modes, traction control and ABS, among others. However, the weight remains the same weight as its predecessor, with a total dry weight of 169 kg.
The ContiRoad tires are one of the latest additions to Contiental’s sport-touring range, which went on sale last year and have already achieved excellent references from users and specialists. The ContiRoad stand out for their high level of grip, even in wet or rainy conditions, their agile handling and the high mileage they hold up to. Like the KTM 890 Duke, the ContiRoad can be used both by the everyday two-wheeler user and by those who spend their weekends putting miles on their bike.
5. Husqvarna 701 Supermoto – ContiAttack SM EVO
And to finish this top five of the best bikes 2021 with original Continental tires we have chosen the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto, which comes with the ContiAttack SM EVO as its original tire.
The Husqvarna 701 Supermoto brings the emotion of the racing circuits to the street with around 74 HP, advanced electronics and a new generation chassis. In addition, in 2021 it is renewed with slight changes, mainly in the bodywork with a redesign of the front optics and a new LCD instrumentation.
The supermotard is equipped with Continental ContiAttack SM EVO tires, which offer excellent handling and exceptional control at any lean angle. They have high grip in changing conditions, also in the wet, and higher mileage on the rear tire.