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Apr 4, 2012

Continental Tires Commissions Mad Max Project Bike To Promote New TKC-80 Twinduro Tires

The Continental/Wunderlich "Mad Max" BMW S1000RR project bike.
MAD MAX Bike Project

Wunderlich superbike on Continental TKC 80 studded tires

When two companies work on the same idea, something fascinating can emerge. In close collaboration with tire manufacturer Continental, Wunderlich the Sinzig-based specialist in BMW motorcycle accessories is getting a unique bike ready for action: a BMW S1000RR inspired by the MAD MAX film series. This "Mad Max" S1000RR offers a whole lot of technical finesse from the Sinzig-based company's extensive product portfolio the special finish alone, in various matt colors, should draw a few admiring glances. But the absolute highlight of this off-road superbike has to be its unusual tires. This brute of a bike sits on TKC 80 studded tires with the new dimensions 120/70 B17 M/C 58Q and 180/55 B17 M/C 73Q.

The initial concept for this macho bike was developed last October. The tire professionals in Hanover wanted something special, something out of the ordinary to emerge from the developers' drawing boards. By setting this challenge, they aimed to find a stylish way of presenting the striking studded tires in the new size unusual to enduro tires. And it's fair to say that the challenge has been met.

From the drawing board of French designer Nicolas Petit came a radical modification based on the BMW S1000RR that incorporated a diverse range of high-quality components from various Wunderlich partners. The bike features not only Öhlins suspension, but also exquisite Moto-Master discs, drive technology from Wieres, Magura handlebars and a stainless steel IDM superbike exhaust system specially developed for this project by Remus.

Drawing on its huge repertoire for the 1000 series, Wunderlich contributed a completely reworked superbike, a modified footrest system, a newly developed bench seat as well as various other elements such as crash pads, the oil radiator grille and adjustable VarioLever clutch and brake levers.

More, from a press release issued by Continental Tires:

Continental Tire announces new 120/70B17 & 180/55B17 TKC-80 Twinduro sizes!

Due to the overwhelming request of Ducati Multistrada & Hypermotard, Triumph Tiger 1050 and Buell Ulysses riders for a tire capable of taking them off road, Continental will expand the TKC-80 Twinduro line with the addition of 120/70B17 and 180/55B17 sizes which will be available by Spring 2012.

The TKC-80 Twinduro is Continental's #2 selling tire in N. America. The expansion of the TKC-80 Twinduro model line further reinforces Continental's intention to be at the forefront of performance tire technology.

TKC 80 Twinduro:
Continental Tire developed the TKC 80 as a competition off-road tire for heavy enduro bikes. The tire is the result of collaboration with Richard Schalber, enduro world champion many times over. BMW uses the TKC 80 as original equipment on the R 1150 & R 1200 GS Adventure. Due to its awesome performance both on and off the road the TKC-80 has also caught on with riders of many other brands of dual purpose bikes. The tire boasts good self-cleaning properties, best grip on soft terrain, and excellent road handling.

The multifunctional TKC 80 was developed as an on and off-road tire in collaboration with BMW and legendary world enduro champion, Richard Schalber. Those who have ridden on it over longer distances are quickly won over by its merits. The TKC 80 is the ideal tire for cyclists who want to combine excellent road properties with outstanding off-road qualities.

In off-road use the TKC-80 displays good self-cleaning properties, high levels of grip, excellent directional control on soft terrain, and is a genuine competition tire with M+S certification which has been proven in world events such as the ParisDakar rally.

Continental's History:
Continental Tire is currently the fourth largest tire manufacturer in the world and was founded in 1871 in Hanover Germany.

Continental built its first motorcycle tire in 1904. Continentals were used on the first motorcycle that set the Land Speed Record at over 200 mph at Bonneville in 1956.

Continental tires are on Bill Warner's motorcycle that set the Land Speed Record for a "sit-on" motorcycle at over 311 mph in 2011.

On the automotive side Continental builds tires that come as standard OE equipment on name brands such as Porsche, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, GM, Ford, Nissan, etc"¦

Check out Continental's website at or call 740-966-3106 for more information.