Heidenau K60 for rear tire

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  1. WU7X

    WU7X The Old Fart

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    Sitting here blowing smoke rings with that new Washington state approved "tobacco" and started thinking about rear tires for hacks. I know, what a waste of good smoke. Anyway, does anyone have any experience using a Heidenau K60 rear tire on their hack? How is it wearing? Good enough grip? any comments at all to share with the deserving?

    p.s. just kidding about the "tobacco". :lol3
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  2. Tom48

    Tom48 Been here awhile

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    I have K37 on my 06 Patrol. With 3k the front tire is cupping and the rear tire is wearing and the sidecar is nearly new
    I ride it in mud and the tires are great
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  3. hahnda

    hahnda Been here awhile

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    I use a K60 on the rear of my Guzzi sidecar rig, I also use it on the front. 2500 miles on the tire as a solo bike and 1000 miles as a rear hack tire so far. Still has lots of tread left. Tire wear will vary quite bit from rig to rig.

    Lots of grip with the tire on my Quota. I actually wish it would slip a little in the corners.

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  4. MIXR

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    Ran front and rear K60 for 9,000 kms or therabouts. Seemed good. Better grip on smooth marble dirt, but moost was on tarmac. Ok in the wet. It's only a tyre. It will will wear out fast enough if you don't like it.
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  5. Melrone

    Melrone Been here awhile

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    I'm thinking of putting one on the front of my GSA/Ural rig..Went and looked at on at Scrambler Cycle a couple of weeks ago.Nice looking tire but just wondering what kind of mileage do you get..Nice little shop by rhe way...
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  6. hahnda

    hahnda Been here awhile

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    9000km or 5500 miles out if the K60's with sidecar use sounds pretty decent to me considering the tire type. Was the front also wore out at that time?

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    It was good meeting you Melrone (Dave if I remember correct?) when you were here at the shop.
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  7. MIXR

    MIXR Been here awhile

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    Front K60 is still on the bike (sans sidecar) and easily lasted the 9,000 kms with the chair fitted. I checked my records and I pulled the first rear K60 at 7,000 kms so it could be rotated to the chair. It definitely has another 2,000 kms of life left. Wear was slow while the tyre was still 'round', then wore quickly to a 'flat', and then wear slowed up considerably. Probably just a function of the contact patch growing as it flattened off.

    Grip is good as the side lugs are still there if you get into wet grass or loose dirt. The zig-zag centre strip helps with road wear but still gives some decent grip. Doesn't howl, but will humm. Not intrusive.

    I replaced the rear with another one just before I pulled the sidecar (it broke again!), so that's a sign that I thought they were ok.
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  8. swoody126

    swoody126 Been here awhile

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    watching this one

    just bought a URAL GEAR UP & she came w/ a complete set of K37's

    so far, there have been no surprises & about 1/2 of the 200 miles i have put on her were on gravel/dirt roads

    sw
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  9. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I run K60's on both my ADV solo's and LOVE them,I get over 10,000 miles out of the rears.I will be putting a 1/2 worn 130/70-17 from my wifes GS500 on the hack this winter.
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  10. Tigris_GER

    Tigris_GER Adventure-Finder

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    I used several sets of Heidenau K60 on my Suzuki DR 800 solo bike, once - in 2003 - I even used them in Romania for Enduromania (http://enduromania.net/OLD/index.php?&lang=en).

    They are very good on dry roads, very good on wet roads, good on gravel roads but bad in mud. They provide enough grip on paved and unpaved roads but the space between the blocks is not wide enough to allow to throw out the mud.

    I used a rear tire for approximately 6.000km, a front tire for 12.000km.

    In Germany they are one of the cheapest offroad tires.

    Kind regards from Kabul
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  11. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    In the U.S., they are one of the most expensive. A 150/70-17 which is what fits the GS will run you just under $200. About the only other dual sport tire that costs as much is the new Metzeler Karoo 3.
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  12. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    From what I have read about the Karoo 3,the K60 last's upto 3x longer.


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  13. Agent Wayward

    Agent Wayward Been here awhile

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    I fitted them to a Bonnie / Ural outfit, the rear lasted 4000 miles.

    Works fine though.
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  14. Tigris_GER

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    In Germany the K60 in 150/70-17 is available for 104 Euro (= 137 US Dollar), my personal favorite Continental TKC80 in 150/70-17 for 115 Euro (152 US Dollar).

    Looks like tires are more expensive in the US.

    Kind regards from Kabul
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  15. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Just saw this pic on a Facebook group I belong to, no details yet.
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  16. Alaskahack

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    That doesn't look to good for a tire that is so highly spoken for

    Kinda shaky

    Would love to hear more about it
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  17. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I'm waiting to hear the story,I will post it when I hear.
    I run these on both my bikes .


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  18. NitroMax

    NitroMax Been here awhile

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    I'm curious too. Don't have it on my hack yet but would be first choice once my current tire needs replacement ( since this type is not longer available )
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  19. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Putting the one off my wife's GS500 onto my hack this winter.


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  20. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    The story is that the rider was doing around 200 kph for about 200k when this happened.


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