Heidenau K60 vs Mefo Super Explorer

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by johnlt, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. johnlt

    johnlt Been here awhile

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    I tried to get K60s for my KTM 690 and they were back ordered so I got a pair of Mefo Super Explorer based on the recommendation of SWMototire. I have over 4K on them now and they are not even half worn. In comparing the tread pattern of the tires, they are not just similar, they appear to be identical. Does anyone know the story. Are they the same tire or just a clone. 4K and only half worn is pretty good.
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  2. bones_708

    bones_708 Been here awhile

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    Same factory but different tires. The treads may look similar but they are not the same and the K60's have a greater thread depth and a much thicker sidewall. Supposedly the K60's are made from a "superior" compound, whatever that means and has less problems with cupping the front tire than the Mefo's.
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  3. Wolfgang55

    Wolfgang55 Long timer

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    Sounds like one lable maybe for the heavier bike.
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  4. Jaqen H'ghar

    Jaqen H'ghar Valar Morgoulis

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    My rear K60 started showing small cracks in the base of the tire after 3300 miles last summer, I was disappointed that I had to go through a big hassle to replace it at cost to me that was totally unnecessary since it only looked half worn out. I have pic's I can email if anybody's interested. Num
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  5. edteamslr

    edteamslr Been here awhile

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    You didn't share a pic but I've seen more than one pair that have cracked around the tread and it didn't stop the tyres going on to more than10,000 miles. Ymmv, I suppose ;)
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  6. Endurodude

    Endurodude Been here awhile

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    My front Pirelli Scorpion trail tyre did the same thing; just seems to be a feature of some tyres - still works perfectly well!

    Regarding the Mefo Super Explorers - they seem very similar to the old K60. The 'new' K60 Scout has a ridge down the middle that some here appear to find less than effective in the wet. Having never used any of these tyres, would this be a fair assessment?
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  7. Pcfly

    Pcfly Dude?! Seriously??

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    Same tires with a different name.

    Keep in mind the the K-60 has 3 different thread patterns. The orginal which only has blocks, a revised one with a small connector between the middle blocks and the 150/70 that has a solid continuous piece down the middle.
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  8. Assfault

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    My 19" front Heide K60 on my Weestrom has now gone over 12k and still has a bit less than half tread left.
    I had a Mefo Explorer installed previously and removed to install the K60. The Mefo went 9k to the wear bars. I usually replace tires @ the wear bars, most of my buddies run the tread all the way off before replacing.
    These two tires seem identical, until a rider uses them, then the Heide's rise to the occasion as the better product. They wear better, and at least on the front tire for me, the K60 seems to perform better.
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  9. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    If someone is willing to look for it, I'm pretty sure there is a post, on this site, that states that the Heidis meet some kinda' higher Euro spec. (Military standard, maybe?) than the Mefos.


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  10. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    Is there a Heidenau K60 Scout thread? I swear I've seen one but now i can't find it. Anyone have the link? If not maybe I'll start one.
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  11. 8lives

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    I just put a explorer on the rear of the DR and gonna put one in the front soon,I don't have to many miles on the tire yet but it works great in the rocks,dirt,roots,and in the snow the other day up a dirt road it ripped on till the hill got to steep,I like the way it feels so far on the street also.Previous tire was a Kenda 270.
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  12. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Too bad this thread is dead and so full of erroneous comments. The Mefo Super Explorer looks to be identical to the K60 in the 140x18 size. The BMW 17 inch tire looks very different, however. The Mefo is a tube tire, while the K60 is tubeless. Still, the Mefo is more expensive! I wanted to install a Mefo Super Explorer on my 690, as I ran one on my KTM twin a few years ago. But the K60 is quite a bit cheaper so I may buy that and simply run a tube.

    I am told both tires come from the same plant, but I don't get the pricing difference. Since I had spoon my tires I'd prefer the softer carcass of the two. I wish somebody knew something more definitive.
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  13. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    I ran the k60 until it's death. It was on a triumph tiger 800. I hated it. There is another thread dedicated to the k60. I don't have it readily handy. I have not run the mefo but I know some who have. If I had a choice of the two i would run the mefo. After my experience with the k60 I will never run it again. It's hard and slick on anything but perfect conditions. I was running a 150 however. I am running the new Karoo and love it so far. Maybe that helps.
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  14. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I've got a k60 rear on my 690 now. I won't buy another. It seemed OK at first, but I have about 4000 miles on it now and there is street tire traction on the rear now. It'll go about 6000miles total so that part is good, and I think it's fine for street riding, but the longevity on dirt is poor IMHO.

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  15. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Same tire has different patterns based on tire size. If they tested this, it kinda makes sense if you ask me.

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  16. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    I ran Mefos on an XR650 for 10K miles through EU a coupla years ago. All road conditions, though not a ton of dirt, but some. No complaints, and still had lotsa tread left when I handed the bike back. I have no experience with Heidis.

    Buy your Mefos from

    ZenOverland.com

    Great guy, great products.

    Cheers :thumb
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