Journalist puts TKC 70 Rocks to test
If there’s one thing we like to hear at Continental, it’s your experiences and opinions, especially when they come from adventurers like Quique Arenas, the director of the Spanish magazine Motoviajeros. Arenas, who rides his BMW R 1150 GS Adventure with Continental TKC 70 Rocks, has put our tires to test for a total of 14,000 kilometers (8.700 miles)! It is normal that not all users get to reach that mileage – as these tires can vary depending on the type of use, the conditions of the terrain, the “gas” to which the bike is taken or the abuse in off-road – but this case is a great example of the great performance and incredible durability provided by the TKC 70 Rocks. Quique Arenas has told us in detail his feelings about the adventure tire, and we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share them with our readers.
Let there be rock!
When Continental announced the addition of the new TKC 70 Rocks to its range of adventure tires, it sought to meet the demand of those looking for a compound that straddles the successful TKC 70 standard and TKC 80. The union between two opposing worlds, but which are destined to understand each other and coexist, given the evolution of the ways and means of riding among motorcyclists all over the world. The off-road is very attractive. More and more. For this reason, it was necessary to have a mixed tire that would perfectly mix the road qualities of its predecessor with the enduro capabilities of the model with the biggest lug of the German firm. Thus the Rocks was born.
Continental’s new bet was predestined from its birth to conquer a demanding and specialized market. Motorcyclists have more and more options at their disposal, more information, more experience and more critical capacity. But this is precisely one of the keys to Conti’s success: in recent years, the users themselves have been its best test bench, the best guarantee for its products, and the social networks are a magnificent thermometer to prove it. When a user fits a set of tires, he becomes a valuable loudspeaker to get a direct and honest opinion first hand for the rest of his colleagues, who do not doubt to ask about the dynamic behavior of the product.
Continental’s leadership in the adventure bike segment has been further consolidated with the release of the TKC 70 ROCKS. This tire has fulfilled the needs of those riders who were looking for a more off-road feel to their standard TKC 70s, without losing their fantastic touring performance; for those who were regular TKC 80 riders but have decided to go for a less aggressive, more asphalt-oriented tire with more durability, the move has been in the same direction. Months after their debut on the market, the Rocks have proved to be a sales success, and have seduced with their presence an increasingly knowledgeable and dedicated public to routes that combine on and off road enjoyment.
But how does the TKC 70 Rocks perform off-road? The tire has a much better traction, there is no doubt about it. Its classic herringbone tread pattern, redesigned in the central part to provide greater grip, has been optimized to increase grip and handling performance on off-road. In water, they work just as well as the rest of the Korbach company’s catalog, thanks to their Rain Grip technology. Likewise, they are developed following the parameters of the MultiGrip and ZeroDegree. The spider diagram and other technical specifications can be found on the official website.
The tire is not particularly noisy thanks to the spacing of the blocks to suppress noise. What was missing? To check if it is durable, a not trivial question and always recurring question in forums and conversations on the network. Also in this section the new TKC 70 Rocks have passed the test with flying colors, reaching 14,000 kilometers on my bike (BMW R 1150 GS Adventure). Despite having more lug on the center tread on the rear axle, this circumstance has not penalized the longevity of the compound, which has worked without ups and downs and with great reliability up to 12,000-12,500 kilometers. Only the last 1,000 kilometers have been the last to go; with less rubber, the tire does not reach an optimum temperature that allows it to adhere to the road surface, so it is necessary to be careful when driving. As always, do not look for the limit and it is advisable to replace the tire once it has reached its useful life cycle. In Continental’s blog you can find a lot of practical advice on the proper use and maintenance of tires.
During this time, throughout each and every one of the kilometers we have driven with the TKC 70 Rocks, the tire has worked perfectly, with the same nobility and delivery as the standard TKC 70 we used previously. Roads that are broken, twisty, but also fast roads, with a bike weighing 300 kilograms, often loaded with another 45 kilos of luggage; trips in Spain, Portugal…
AC/DC sounds in the background: “Let there be sound, and there was sound; let there be light, and there was light… let there be rock!”: Let there be ROCK!!!