With the boom in popularity of dual sport bikes such as Scrambler, Trackers and more, finding the right tires is critical. We have personal tried and reviewed some of the dual sport tires such as the Conti TKC 80 and Kenda K784 Big Block knobby tires.
Conti TKC 80 Dual Sport Tires
The Conti TKC 80 Dual Sport tires have been one of the most popular and more aggressive dual sport models around. Continental lists them on their website as an Enduro tire that is “Well-tried multi-use tire for both street and dirt. Starting off with these tires, we noticed a slight bumpy ride at low speeds which is to be expected from a knobby tire. Once you get up to speed, you barely even notice it.
With several mile of pavement we were extremely pleased with the stability of the tire and its handling. Don’t get me wrong, it does not handle like a Conti Attack, but handles extremely well for an Enduro tire on the street. Once you hit the dirt though, this is where the tire works excellent. With its slightly aggressive knobby pattern, it really helps grip the loose dirt and gravel on some offroad trails.
All in all, the Conti TKC 80 tire is probably one of our top picks for a slightly more aggressive looking knobby tire that still performs well on the street. It’s no surprise that BMW and KTM make this standard equipment on some of their dual sport bikes. This is definitely a tire that you want to check out regardless of what bike you have if you want to hit some dirt.
Conti offers these tires in a variety of sizes which we like since it will fit most bikes. The rears are offered in sizes all the way from 120/90 up to 180/55 for 17″ wheels which is perfect for anyone looking to fit a dual sport tire on a wider rear rim.
Kenda K784 Big Block Tires
To compete with the higly popular Conti TKC 80, Kenda has released their K784 Big Block tire which is very comparable but at a much cheaper price point. Kenda has resigned the Big Block tire within the last few years to release this current model which is a great tire for price. One of the improved was a better compound that has extended mileage on it now.
Once again on the pavement, we were very surprised by the quality of the ride and handling. For a knobby tire, it was very smooth and very little noticeable noise at lower speeds. It handled quit well in the turns, but just like the Conti I would not ride to aggressive like you have sportbike tires on.
The updated trend pattern on the Kenda K784 rear tire is a great design. The design puts a large block every 3 row which helps with grip on dirt and looser gravel. If you look at any motocross tire, you will notice a very similar pattern just a bit more aggressive on the block size.
The only downfall for me on this tire is that the size offering is limited on the rears. Kenda only offers up to a 150 for the rear which is fine for almost all modern dual sport and adventure bikes, but for custom builds we usually like to go with a 170 or larger.
All in all though, the Conti TKC 80 and Kenda K784 Big Block tires are a great choice for anybody looking for a great dual purpose bike. With good handling on the street as well as dirt, I would recommend either tire. The Kenda with the cheaper price point is obviously our top pick for anyone looking for a great tire.