Coach Reviews Continental TKC80 Tires

I seriously love to ride our 2018 Ducati Multistrada Enduro Pro. When this version came out and I saw a pic of it- the first thing I thought was that the damn thang looks like a Indiana Jones movie. This is why we’ve gave it the name ‘Indy’ :-)

There are lots of reasons why I like this bike so much. Besides a ton load of technology in regard electronics (like an semi-automatic suspension), it’s got that mean battle cry only a 1200 V2 can put out. Well, especially after some mid pipe modifications. Furthermore it’s wild design, combined with all the tech and it’s pure size. That fascinated me the most.

But there was something else which got my racer blood temps up. Something which make this a bad ass ride. The aggressive look of those mud slinging animalistic appearing tires man. So I was sitting there looking at the picture smiling… who the hell is gonna ride that thing on asphalt?!

Even those Italian engineers an designers came to my mind. They seem to have a blast and went “F… it. Let’s give it 160 horses and put it on dirt tires!” So yea… I would ride it :-)

So when Indy finally arrived last January, it came on Italian manufactured 70/30 (dirt/road ratio) dirt tires with about 400 mls on them. So enough meat on them to do a row of Road Skill 1on1’s while I was waiting for Continental to send us replacement. In other words- I can compare here directly, right?!

Now here is the thing. 99% of the time I use this bike to work with lots of Road Skill students, so on asphalt. You might look for the sense of even putting 80/20 dirt tires on again, and even my boys at Conti are asking questions. But I have three reasons. I already mentioned one reason above, and the second is to literally keep me physically in check. You know… ex pro racers are very sick people ;-)

Logically, a dirt bike tire is not good on Highway mileage and top end grip, but the TKC delivers a hell of grip for a 80% knobby tire. I mean… look at the pic above. I have less chicken strips on my sides then most street riders have on their Sportbikes. That should tell the story in this regard.

So yea, the mileage I got out of my first set of Contis is not really compelling, especially when you are a true Adventure Biker. This is all relative though. I mean, if I would have used a Sportbike with comparable power- I also would get about 5000 miles out of the rear tire- BUT this set here cost only half as much. OK, I swapped the first TKC rear with 5200 mls on it, but I still had about 20% left. The 70/30/ tire the bike came with was totally done at 2800 mls already, and not to forget that the TKC is a 80/20.

At the air pressures I am riding at, I have phenomenal feedback from the rear and front. I ride those tires on the lowest Traction Control setting I have, and I can hang on exits right in there. I bet if Conti would redesign them a little, they would cost lots of Sportbike confidence for some. They could connect the smaller knobbies on the sides with the bigger one next to them to achieve more stability in full lean. Oh boy :-)

Good bridge to make my third reason. I kick so much ass on those TKC80 that it should turn on a light bulb on you, for what more asphalt appropriate tires from Continental must be capable of then, right?!!

Hoeadcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

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Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Poll For Rider/Passenger Class

We have some requests in regard a Rider/Passenger class, and I actually like the idea. I am hoping you help us out with a poll and to see if there is interest for such class:

  • Held on Little 99 Raceway in Stockton
  • Only ones per year
  • Full day
  • All rider/passenger levels
  • 3 level groups of 10 bikes each
  • For all 2 seated bikes: Sportbikes, Adventure bikes, Touring bikes, Chopper/Cruiser bikes
  • Classroom/track sessions
  • Content: sitting pos., awareness, synchronized dynamic, weight management, emergency braking, etc
  • As usual free sport photography by Dean Lonskey, snacks, drinks

I believe that a class like this can help both, rider and passenger, to make their hobby even more enjoyable and to gain safety massively. There is actually so much you can do on the passenger side. I just can imagine how much of a fun especial couples are going to have on our track.

Please help us and give us an idea by polling 4 quick questions:

Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

Featuring Arai Helmets USA

As a kid you have idols you look up to. Bands, actors, or athletes. Needless to say that they have an influence on us, so I wanted to learn to play the guitar just like Angus Young of the rock band AC/DC. The big goal was, to have my own Marshall Amplifier and to rip it. The problem… those are hell of expensive and totally out of reach for me. That dream never left and today I have the damn Amp.

Can Akkaya on Honda RSR250, Hockenheimring 1987

So my first helmet was a German product, a UVEX for 60 bux. Goofing around the town on mopeds in that way to big helmet- which actually broke my nose on a crash one day. Somewhen then, I’ve stumbled over motorcycle racing while zapping through the four TV stations we had back then, and there was that American racer who looked so different then all the others. His name was Freddie Spencer and he was wearing a Arai helmet. Needless to say that I wanted to have one myself, but the price was totally out of my league. Years later, when I was racing myself… I finally had one, a Spencer Replica RX-V.

Man was I proud for it, but damn it killed my finances. Though, I had comparison to what’s wrong and what’s right, and in this case it’s not just the quality which comes to account. I’ve learned the hard way what difference a good lid can make, cuz’ you’ve got only one head- one life. I lost that Arai in a actually horrifying crash on public roads, when I hit against a static object outside a turn. I would have died in a other helmet. I know!

Making my way through amateur racing, semi-pro and finally professionally- also the sponsorship contracts are developing. Until finding the ‘right’ relationship, I had to wear top notch helmets from multiple manufactures but I ended up with Arai Germany as a coach until I left Europe in 2008. Again… I had comparison to what’s wrong and what’s right, and I was super happy that Arai Helmets USA took over and to continue this relationship till today!

Here are some insights:

#araihelmetsusa #arai

Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp

DNA, Talent and Balls

Talent… isn’t this just a fancy word to hide behind?!

You might think you don’t have such thing as ‘talent’, and so a blockade has been build already. You don’t go and try with that kind of conclusion- ‘cuz’ ya don’t have it’. No eager to try- no success. It’s failure already. As a matter of fact though- nobody is born with a riding or racing DNA. Nobody. Everything is learn-able. Everything. The only question is how long will it take to get you there and how far you’ll come. That begins with a will, which can be slowed down by thinking that ‘you don’t have it’.

Here is a quick insight of a professional racing career.It might displays what really matters, instead of searching an answer for the ‘why you don’t have it’. Here we go…

You start riding motorcycles and you suck. That’s darn natural when it all begins, isn’t that right?! But you learn the right things and all of a sudden it clicks. Years later you find out you’re too fast for public roads, and despite all the crashes you had you literally smoke everyone else. Then you find passion in riding on race tracks- but you suck. You learn the right things and all of a sudden it clicks. It takes some time to go through C- then B group, and despite all the crashes you had you literally smoke everyone on A group. You start attending amateur racing and you suck. You learn the right things and all of a sudden it clicks. Nobody can lap you anymore and you are damn hard to beat on the brakes. It took years to win your first race, and another one to win the amateur championship. Sponsorships coming in and you start in a racing league on a semi-pro level and you suck. You learn the right things and all of a sudden it clicks. You’ve learned to deal with the pressure of success and the competition level is so tough that it toughens you. Despite the bleeding and sideways walking out of hospitals you’ve made it into a international operating professional racing team, but you suck.  You learn the right things and all of a sudden it clicks. Physical and mental pain makes you fight even harder. Turns out the clock to be your worse enemy. Tears, sweat and blood you gave to find the missing 1oth of a second to make it to your first international pole position in qualifying. Years of competing on that level makes sponsors, fans and press so that your phone rings and so your next milestone is the European championship- but you suck. It’ll take time to beat all of these highly paid competitors, because all of them have been champions around this planet. You learn the right things and all of a sudden it clicks. The word ‘retreat’ doesn’t exist for you anymore. Your strength compensates weaknesses in regard equipment and you make your way up and up until you are making top 5 results. The years of competing on a high level leaves marks on your body. Open wounds turning to scars and staying forever, just like those titanium plates and bolts in some of your bones. Your phone rings. You are invited to join a MotoGP racing team because their number two rider is injured. They let you test their prototype race bike, but you suck…

Toughness to walk the way

Talent?! Does that mean you can skip all of this if you’d have talent? That you don’t have to fight to get there? That would be more of a luck than talent, wouldn’t it? No, a strong will is needed to get to the point where you want to be. A good eye-hand-coordination and a brain helps. If you have that- you are probably good with lots of other sports too and you’ll learn quicker. If you don’t have that but at least a brain- then you’ll get there as well, but it just will take longer- that’s all. Everything you really want, is learn-able. Don’t hide- don’t feel bad with yourself. Just enjoy the ride, because that’s the fun part.

There is no riding DNA- or “all you need is balls”. If you think that’s all it takes, then you might just take credit away from those guys who took that long route and you might just hurt yourself

You think this doesn’t apply to regular street riders? Wait a sec… you start riding motorcycles and you suck…

Headcoach Can Akkaya, Superbike-Coach Corp