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ADV NewsContinental Issues Recall On TKC80 And Other Motorcycle Tires

Continental Issues Recall On TKC80 And Other Motorcycle Tires

Multiple defective tires recalled for potential groove cracks.

Published on 05.25.2022

Continental Tire America is recalling their popular TKC80 dual sport tire, along with a long list of other tires from their ContiGo!, K62 and LB lines. A total of 68,770 tires manufactured from January 06, 2019 to April 30, 2022 may be affected by the recall. Continental has also advised that OEM manufacturers such as KTM, BMW Motorrad USA and Husqvarna may have purchased these defective products for their new motorcycles.

According to the defect report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), defective tires may develop cracks longer than 3/16 inches in the tread grooves. The issue was discovered after a recall of the ContiScoot tire line prompted Continental to perform endurance testing on additional motorcycle tire products. The tests revealed that several other products were sensitive to develop groove cracks and may fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 119, “New Pneumatic Tires-Other Than Passenger Cars.” It is estimated that 10% of the tires potentially involved in the recall have the defect.


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The NHTSA report states that these cracks can lead to tread separation, which is obviously a big danger for motorcycles. However, Continental indicated that they are not aware of any field complaints for this condition, and have not received any reports of property damage or personal injury claims for the affected products. The company also said that the cause of the defect is still under investigation.  

Continental TKC80 dual sport motorcycle tire recall.
Photo: Continental

Tires affected by the recall:

ManufacturerTireProduction Date
CONTINENTALTKC80/120/70-19 M/C 60Q 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALTKC80/120/90-17 M/C 64S 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALTKC80/120/90-18 M/C 65R 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALTKC80/2.50-21 M/C 48S 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALTKC80/2.75-21 M/C 52S 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALTKC80/3.00-21 M/C 51S 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALTKC80/3.25-18 M/C 59S 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALTKC80/3.50-18 M/C 62S 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALTKC80/4.00-18 M/C 64R 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALTKC80/5.10-17 M/C 67S 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALTKC80/90/90-21 M/C 54S 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALTKC80/90/90-21 M/C 54T1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/100/90-18 M/C 56H 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/100/90-18 M/C 56V 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/100/90-18 M/C 65H 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/100/90-19 M/C 57H 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/100/90-19 M/C 57V 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/110/70-17 M/C 54H 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/110/80-17 M/C 57V 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/110/80-18 M/C 58V 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/110/90-18 M/C 61H FRONT 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/110/90-18 M/C 61H REAR 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/120/80-16 M/C 60V 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/120/90-18 M/C 65V 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/130/70-17 M/C 62H 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/130/70-18 M/C 63H 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/130/80-17 M/C 65H 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/130/80-18 M/C 66V 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/130/90-16 M/C 67H 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/130/90-16 M/C 67V 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/130/90-17 M/C 68H 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/130/90-17 M/C 68V 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/140/80-17 M/C 69V 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/150/70-18 M/C 70V 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/3.00-21 M/C 51H 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/3.25-19 M/C 54H 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/4.00-18 M/C 64H 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/90/90-18 M/C 51H 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALCONTIGO!/90/90-21 M/C 54H 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALK62/3.00-10 M/C 50J 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALK62/3.50-10 M/C 59J 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALK62/3.50-10 M/C 59J WW 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALLB/3.50-8 M/C 46J 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALLB/3.50-8 M/C 46J WW 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALLB/4.00-8 M/C 55J 1/06/19 – 4/30/22
CONTINENTALLB/4.00-8 M/C 55J WW 1/06/19 – 4/30/22

How To Get It Fixed

A recall campaign will be conducted in order to replace the affected tires that have been sold as replacement tires, or are in dealer inventories. Additionally, affected tires have been blocked from distribution in the USA since May 1, 2022.

Continental America will notify owners and replace the potentially defective tires with “substantially similar ones” not affected by the recall, free of charge. In addition, reimbursement for any customer who, prior to this campaign, replaced these tires due to the condition described above will also be provided. 

Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed June 6, 2022. Those affected by the recall may contact Continental customer service at 1-888-799-2168. Owners may also contact the NHTSA hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for recall ID 22T006, or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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18 thoughts on “Continental Issues Recall On TKC80 And Other Motorcycle Tires

  1. I noticed “Made in Korea” on a friend’s TKC the other day. We were both surprised. Like buying a German car made in Mexico. I have absolutely no insight into this. I have no clue as to where the recalled tires are manufactured. But I would like to know. Personally, I have gotten good service from Korean motorcycle tires. Not so much car tires…

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  3. I had tread separation on two TKC80s, quite a few years ago. It was so bad I could see the tyre carcass underneath. I stopped using them after that. BMW R100GSPD with tubeless.

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  5. I received the recall and have one of the affected tires. Trouble is Continental expect me to drill a hole in the tire (currently on the bike) and send them a photo, then wait up to 180 days to receive a replacement. Not going to happen I’m afraid.

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  15. You call the phone number and you are told that you have to go to an obscure website and enter your tire information. Continental’s 6 year old recall website doesn’t allow you to enter the current DOT information. It has pre selected DOT numbers from 2016 and those are the only one it will accept. They won’t let you get replacement tires, or reimbursement

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