Heidenau K60 Tire Review

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by TSD, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. TSD

    TSD Adventurer Wannabe

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  2. beamertwin

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  3. AK Bob

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    The first set is on the '88 R100GS. Havn't put enough miles on them to have a clue what will happen long term. First impression running on a mix of pavement and dirt and up to the Arctic Circle, I like them.

    One of the Fairbanks Airheads put them on his '83 R100rt.

    When we get enough information we will make another report.
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  4. KHuddy

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    Annie ran them on her F650GS, including across the Top of the World last year in some very sloppy conditions. They are a good comprimise between something like a TKC at one end and a tourance at the other. With about 2500 miles on them her rear has squared off a bit: I'm told that is at least in part due to running too high a pressure in them.
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  5. ColininKodiak

    ColininKodiak (not in Kodiak)

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    I put a set on my 90 R100GSPD last year. They were awesome in Kodiak for the spring and summer dual sport rides. I have about 500 miles on them now and love them. The two complaints I would give about them is the front was a royal pain in the ass to mount. I cut the bead 4 times using a tire machine and it took three of us with irons plus the machine to get them on. If I ever get a flat with them on the road I am convinced I will be unable to get it off with irons to repair. The other complaint is that they are very noisy compared to both Sahara 3s and TKC's I ride 100% on the road now here in FL and I have to wear earplugs if I go above 45 mph because the howl is so loud and at just the right pitch to cause headaches very quickly. I'd say they are a great tire for more dual sport oriented riding, but for what I am doing now (not by choice btw, FL just sucks for riding) I'd be better off with something like a Tourance.
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  6. Brendon@TMS

    Brendon@TMS The Motorcycle Shop

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    Interesting in reading the responses on these tires.

    I contacted the manufacture about trying to carry them, but it was tough to make any headway. And the fact that they aren't carried by any of the big suppliers compounds the difficulty to stock these tires.

    I'd be interested to hear what some of the BMW F/G bike guys think, and the KLR folks too.
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  7. bug67

    bug67 Hazard Avoidance

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    I had a brand new set mounted on the Tiger right before I put it up. I trucked the bike over to TMS to have them mounted (did some Tiger engine programming and some other stuff) and trucked it back home. As soon as I get a chance to ride on them, I will. There's a lot of stuff I'm waiting for. Don't know how the tune I had done is gonna be. Don't know how the K60s are gonna be. Don't know how the new wind screen is gonna be.

    I can't wait! :D
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  8. Brendon@TMS

    Brendon@TMS The Motorcycle Shop

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    I feel as though that tune could cause you a shorter lifespan on those tires, usually wheelies, burnouts and the lot are bad for tire wear, haha.
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  9. AKTREADs

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    May I add-
    All three are a class act-no stone went un-turned.
    CJ engineers/manufactures awesome parts for the KTM's.
    The winch set-up is quite ingenious!!!!!!!!!

    Matt's, Ardie's & CJ's Heidenau K60's were mounted & not balanced for the first 1000mi from Fbks to Deadhorse to Fbks.

    All three were experienced & trying to destroy the Heidenau K60 tires.
    CJ on his custom KTM 950 2WD Christini(sp) from Fbks to Deadhorse to Fbks.
    Ardie @ 6"9"(tall Aussie) & 275Lb on his KTM 950 did have a couple small pieces missing from 2 wheel drifting the 1000mi round trip.
    Matt, being the lightest rider, tires looked the best of the three from the round trip.
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  10. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

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    ordered a set about two weeks ago .. some shipping snafu delayed. so hopefully 3-4 weeks to me. likely by then I'll be on the road.

    K-60
    [​IMG]
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  11. Cal

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    You brought back memories from my ride to Deadhorse. While camping at Coldfoot, I had dinner with Ardie and a funnier site you will never see!! I am 5'4" and 140lbs sitting beside him was humbling.
    I also used K60's which I bought at Adventurecycle works.
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  12. slammer218

    slammer218 Slammer

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    Just bought a set of Mefo tires for a trip to the great Alaska and D2D days. I have heard that if you mount the front tire backwards it works better in the dirt. Does anyone hear know if that is true. This is the second rear tire and I love it. Just want to make sure I mount the front the way that will perform the best.
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  13. AKTREADs

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    The Mefo 90/90-21 front tread,by design does run backwards.
    Check Direction Arrows on sidewall !
    The Heidenau K60 90/90-21 front tread, by design runs conventional.

    The Mefo tread is slightly softer than Heidenau K60 tread.
    DO Not OVER INFLATE.
    Size/Load/Speed/Pressure rating is on the sidewall!!!!

    A V groove/chevron design front tire tread is designed to hold material.
    Where as a drive tire is designed to displace material for better traction.

    Case in point-
    Mount a chevron type tractor/backhoe/loader tire backwards pulling material into the tire-
    The unit won't pull the hat off your head.
    Mount a chevron tire directional to displace material from under the tire-
    Bingo,traction.
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  14. AKTREADs

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    Heidenau K60's in pic above are mounted correctly by design.

    Mefo 90/90-21 runs opposite by design.
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  15. _cy_

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    here's a few more sources in USA

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  16. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

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    Tiger 955. K60 Front, Tourance rear. Rode today for th first time with the K60. Put on about 100 miles. A little bumpier than the Tourance I used to run on front and, it sounds like a truck tire.

    However, there are quite a few gravel roads here in CO and when I pull off on them even if t's just to turn around, the K60 gives me a great deal of confidence. I hate that front wheel plowing that I got with the Tourance.

    Another 8k or so miles and I guess I will know if I will stay with a K60 as my choice of front tires.. (got 11k out of the last Tourance I had on front)
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  17. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    These tires worked out Great for us. Good to see our review has helped inform so many travels. They are now my go-to tire for all general Dual Sport use. Great life and traction for all around needs.

    There was a mention about balancing. I have never balanced any tires and none of the ones on our 17,000 mile trip were balanced. Mount, air up and ride.

    Just put the paint mark with the valve stem. It's worked for me. I find they run very true. :clap

    Stock up when you can b/c they are made in small batches by hand and often hard to get mid season. I have found they are often in stock here.

    Safe travels,
    Craig
    K60 scout user and destroyer of rubber.
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  18. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    As AKMud pointed out to me today, lower pressures are reqd for the rears. My usual for tkc was 42 hwy and tops for k60 is 36psi. :eek1

    Just put the rear on and knocked out 45 miles today. Lots less bumpy than tkc. Not that I cared but tis smoother. I did scrub it on gravel before rallying it and zero slippage.

    Just need to go for a quik ride up Jim Creek to see how they handle a bit of goo.
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  19. AKoffroader

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    I put a set on my DR650. Ran them from Calgary to South Carolina (3,300 miles). Rear is shot. Real squirrelly on loose gravel.

    My Africa riding partner ran a set on his 800 GS. They squared off badly.

    I'm going back to TKC80's on every thing I own. Would go with Mitas if we could get them in the States (ran a set 9k miles in Africa, Fantastic tires!).

    Greg
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  20. The Dick

    The Dick The Brick

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    The Dick has been made a dealer, they phoned me, I did not phone them. I don't intend to compete with commercial operators and will not be carrying stock but I can order them in. I had good feed back from several riders I encountered last year and a local RT friend is going to try a set so he can do some dirt and the TOW with me.
    D2D will be a great opportunity as usual to share equipment experiences being tested in our north by all levels or riders.
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