Heidenau K60 Tire Review

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

  1. Ullr

    Ullr C+ Racing

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    I'm starting to think they made a bad run of tires or certain sizes are bad. My rear didn't last as long as a TKC. Front still is perfect. I have Craig's front that he left in Alaska. It's a different tread pattern mine. I wish I had the rears to compare.

    Anyway, as soon as I burn up this TKC rear I'll replace it with a Heidenau again.
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  2. Av8rPaul

    Av8rPaul Have bike will travel

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    Why the lower air pressure?
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  3. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    Manuf recomendation. Also, unless you've ever tried to mount one of these things you'd never believe how friggin STIFF the sidewalls are.
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  4. Av8rPaul

    Av8rPaul Have bike will travel

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    Roger, thanks!
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  5. AKTREADs

    AKTREADs Adventurer

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    marbee-
    The Heidenau K60 150/70-17' & 18" tires are a piece of cake to mount compared to the 130/80-17" rear tires.
    A 50/50(K60) or 10/90(TKC/Karoo) tire by design has a lower speed & lower maximum air pressure recommendation compared to their 90/10(K76/Tourance/Anakee) counterpart.

    READ & HEED THE TIRE
    SIDEWALL INFO

    Over inflating your 50/50,10/90 tires will render you 1/2 the mileage-so don't blame the tire for operator ignorance.
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  6. Red0ktober

    Red0ktober Adventurer

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    After reading some pros and cons, loves and hates on ADV here, I decided to try a set of K60s for the first proper tires on my DL650 (after the OEM Trail Wings). Installed them myself last night, first time doing tubeless. I'm new to this sort of bike and riding, so I won't be much for an authoritative review. I can say already that they're noisier (expected), and they look awesome. :)
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  7. Bruz

    Bruz Adventurer

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    Just had a set fitted to my R1200GSA. Great tyre on ALL surfaces and looking forward to the longevity. Haven't tested the top end speed rating yet! :evil
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  8. AK Bob

    AK Bob AKAM

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    Put some more miles on them so now I got a better idea about how they preform.

    !st run up to the Arctic Circle last year. Fine No problems, but not far enough to really know much.

    This years first run was for a mondo burger. Fairbanks to Nenana nice and dry no sweat, comming back Rain, Ice pellets, Oil on the road or the double yellows, don't know witch. It did cause the bike to do a real rain dance and a bit of pucker factor. I stayed up. My ride partner on a K75 with street tires didn't.

    Fairbanks to Dawson City for D2D. No problems with the tires. Rain, Hail washing across the road.

    D2D Poker Run was fun, little pucker in some of the loose stuff, but they held on fine, just sat the bike and rode it out. Filled out 4 poker hands, can't pull cards for SQUAT, best hand was a pair of Kings. Wonder why I stayed away from Diamond Tooth Girties..

    Left Dawson @ 10AM went to Eagle, and was back in Fairbanks a little before midnight. Tires held fine.

    Second impression bottom line. I like them so far! Now will they last? We will see.
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  9. AKmud

    AKmud Muddy Gruver

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    2400 miles on my K60 rear so far and it looks like it has a lot of life left. Last year my TKC was done after 2500 miles, so far so good.
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  10. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    Before D2D, put 200+ miles on the rear.

    D2D another 1100 or so miles....2 up!

    The day after D2D, changed fluids and rode with Eddie Zeller to Deadhorse and back. Wasilla to end of asphalt north of Fairbanks at 36psi. GREAT tire in the curves. No loss of confidence...very sticky. (No, I've never run Tourances, only knobbies). Aired down to 24 rear for the run up the gravel. Dry conditions all the way north to Deadhorse. Mud on the way home. Rode from Fairbanks to Deadhorse, ate dinner, turned around and rode straight thru back to Coldfoot, hauling butt with Zeek the whole way. I never even thought about my tires...which says a lot.

    Eddie put his K60 on after D2D for the run the Deadhorse. Following the Dalton, Eddie turned east after Fairbanks to head over and try his luck at the Dempster and then home to San Diego. IF this tire is all they say, it should be just about done by the time he gets home.

    Air pressure has played a huge part of the longevity of this tire. No, it doesn't hook up quite as nice as a TKC, but considering at least 50% of those miles were highway/asphalt/macadam, they were the perfect compromise.

    Just for the record, I won't put anything other than a TKC on the front ever again. Whether sliding sideways on fast gravel turns, or running 25mph thru nasty baby-poop muck, they just plain work.

    K60 total miles = 3000+ so far. Haven't even put a dent in this tire yet and would GLADLY run this same tire up to Deadhorse again. I ride hard and this tire works.

    Good luck!
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  11. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    We can chime in here too, we fitted up the 140/80/17 on the back of Hobbit and Chiwi, 2800 miles they were down to the solid wear strip in the middle so thousands left in them, we have had them in all conditions from 35 deg C in Inuvik to snow at Hyder and slippery boggy mud at Fort St James, we love these so far, there is talk of 10000 miles, I will be stoked it we get 7000 miles considering we are loaded with house and contents everywhere and we ride every condition ranging from muddy tracks to 1st world motorway and these tick all the boxes.

    With 3600 miles on now they still look bloody good, the Trailwings were basically spent at 3400 so thus far I can see more Heidenaus in the future.

    Ouwh and yes the 140 DOES fit in a DR 60 no problem at all, the 140 in the narrowest Heidy with the centre wear bar.
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  12. dave6

    dave6 Been here awhile

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    I did 19,000 kms on a front 19" and 13,000 kms on a rear K60 Scout (the one with the center rubber), not down to the wear bars yet on either front or back, but time to change them. They are noisy and squirmy on the high speed corners compared to other more street oriented tires. I got my moneys worth out of them and will buy them again. I did get 2 flats on the rear after coming off the Dempster from sharp bits of shale but were easy to plug. I do a lot of solo gravel, dirt and mud in remote places and these tires give me confidence. If you do mostly street riding there are better options for sure. Most of these miles were on the Super Tenere with 200 lb rider and 150 lbs of gear at high way speeds (75 mph) on both gravel and pavement.
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  13. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    So I spooned my rear off with 12200 miles on it, would have done another 400 -500 if needed easily.

    Found these tires to be mint across the board which is shingle road, moab bed rock, tar, mud and slime.

    For reference we are running the 140/80-17 (which doesn't fit according to the books) which has the centre ridge wear strip.

    We are running 14 tooth front with 44 tooth rear and std chain with no clearance issues whatsoever, for me 5 stars on the K60 and I have just spooned on a nice new round one :clap:clap

    With the strength of the bias ply tire and milage we are getting with house and contents on we won't bother looking over the fence at other brands unless we cannot get Heidenau.

    Old and new beside each other, anyone have any queries I will answer them based on our usage. :clap

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  14. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    I have no questions about the tires, but where are ya'll now? I hope the trip is going better than planned.
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  15. Alaskajeff

    Alaskajeff Long timer

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  16. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    It must be difficult for others to keep up cos we can't sometimes.:D

    It is more than a full time job playing and writing about it.:evil... can't complain tho!!!
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  17. nrg

    nrg n00b

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    That pattern on the K60 reminds me of the old Dunlop Trailmax that came stock with many thumpers of the eighties. back then the Trailmax was all round decent tire that would give 10k km on the road and did a decent job in the dirt.
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  18. TheSeeker

    TheSeeker Slingin' Steel

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    I first ran the MEFO Super Explorers on my KTM in Mexico, Central and South America. Tremendous tires.

    I've used the Heidenau K60 on several different BMW models here in Alaska. I think this is the best all-round tire I've ridden yet. As Marbee said, there are more aggressive tires if you are strictly off-roading, but for a great all around Dual Sport tire it is hard to beat the K60 Scout.

    I ran from Fairbanks to Moab, 2 Days off-roading for the GS Trophy Qualifier and all the way back to Seattle and I've still got about 1500 miles left on the rear. :clap

    Bring on Summer... or Spring at least! :lol3 Let's ride!

    -Justin
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  19. KHuddy

    KHuddy Big Sky Country

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    The K60 fills the niche between TKC80s and Tourances. Much better in the dirt than a Tourance and much better on the road than a TKC.
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  20. Brendon@TMS

    Brendon@TMS The Motorcycle Shop

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    Always good to hear reviews of these tires. Anyone else want to share?

    We've got a handful of them in stock and our season order will be arriving in late April, in case you Anchorage folks are interested.

    Now they just need to release a 180/55 K60 for my Monster...
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