Heidenau K60

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by upweekis, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. GeckoRider

    GeckoRider Been here awhile

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    I just have TKC on the front with stock on the rear. On messed up surfaces like in NJ where the surface has been stripped for replacement it can make for nervous riding if you are not expecting it. Also I get a bit of head shake when overtaking or being over taken by certain semi-trucks with trailers. Not sure what it is about them, probably some magic ratio of length and height. Just makes me back off or speed ahead. But on dirt compared to stock I feel much more comfortable.
  2. The Griz

    The Griz Long timer

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    Exactly!:nod

    I regularly got a serious death-wobble with the TKC's when following or overtaking large trucks and semis. I'm definitely not going to miss that!:yikes

    Yes, my steering head bearings were/are tight. That's the first thing I checked! It's just TKC's and this bike, man. I don't think I'd run them ever again. The rear wears way fast and the front is highly unstable on the freeway/highway.
  3. itsforrest

    itsforrest Ugly bag of mostly water

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    That and the price.
  4. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    our second rear has arrived we just need to pick it up on Sunday....one set is going on one of our 650's next Friday....during the 10000 km service...we should get a good feel for these tires being mounted on at least one of our bikes. I am waiting a little longer before I trade my Tourance for the K60's plus I do not want to put too much mileage on them...I want a fresh tire for our July trip
  5. Cumminsman76

    Cumminsman76 befuddled

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    Strap trick. Wrap them around the tires so the beads are touching. Then the tire will drop on.
  6. M N B

    M N B would rather be riding

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    TKC rears (150/70x17) cost the same as K60s (at swmototires.com).

    Cost per mile, though...
  7. Pete O Static

    Pete O Static Adventure Seeker

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    I took off my Mitas Dakars and spooned on a new set of K-60's tonight. The sidewall is strong but I didn't find them that bad to work with. They were easier than the Battlewings, that was for sure.

    I used 9 inch irons and lots of dish washing liquid.
  8. Narrdo

    Narrdo Been here awhile

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    Any chance you can expound on this, I would love to learn a new tire mounting trick. I have had one to many wrestling matches with my tires. The last time, I tapped out in the first round.
  9. springfish

    springfish Been here awhile

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    installed my k60's last nightÂ…first time I ever removed and installed a tire on ANY motorcycle. It was extremely easy in my opinion. Though I've changed countless tires on my downhill mountain bike. As long as you take it slow, use some lube and make sure your bead is pushed into the center of the rim, you shouldn't have to wrestle much.
  10. kkug

    kkug Been here awhile

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    :jjen ??
  11. MonsterJ

    MonsterJ I have motopsychosis

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    What are we talking about, again? :lol3
  12. springfish

    springfish Been here awhile

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    Ha!
  13. WOLVERINE

    WOLVERINE Keep her pinned!

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    Get about 6 rachet straps or equivalent and feed them through/around the tire from outside to inside (thread / sidewall / bead / bead / sidewall / thread) equally spaced ( 1, 3, 5 o'Clock and 7, 9 and 11 o'Clock positions) leaving the rachet at the center of the outside of the tire (the part you ride on) and crank tight until the 2 beads touch or tighter. This makes the inside ID large enough to fit over the wheel. Place the tire over the rim and push on....Let go the straps and voila, beads are inside the rim dish and no need to spoon on!
  14. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Someone is going to have to post a picture or video of this....

    Most importantly, can you drink beer while performing this procedure?
  15. troyslegacy

    troyslegacy PigGS Feet

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    Yeah, I'm pretty much a dumb SOB. Pictures?
  16. Apostolos

    Apostolos Been here awhile

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    LOL :lol3

    God Bless,
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  17. SlowRide13

    SlowRide13 Veteran n00b

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    Why??? If you have a 12 pack of beer and a box of Bandaids, just spoon 'em:freaky
  18. Singletrack_mind

    Singletrack_mind Cave Man

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  19. TomTom63

    TomTom63 Motorradfahrer

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    What did I miss...? :scratch With a steel cable inside the beads, how would it stretch to the point of making the inner diameter of the tire larger? That inner diameter of the tire does not stretch. That's why every rim has a well in the center. If the bead would stretch, you would have a problem on your hands, i.e. wheels...
  20. itsforrest

    itsforrest Ugly bag of mostly water

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    I think the idea here is this;
    Strap several places around the tire so the two beads are pinched together all around the tire. This makes it a piece of cake to keep the bead in the center of the rim.

    If I understand correctly, you could carry a handful of long zip-ties to accomplish this trick for flat repairs in the field.

    Still not sure about fishing the valve though.