Heidenau K60

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

  1. Dewtwo

    Dewtwo old trail rider!

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    It would be great if there was a compromise, one pressure fits all occations. But after over 40 yrs dirt bikin, and 30 yrs real dual sporting under ALL kinds of conditions,
    It ain't gonna happen!

    The pressure Duff needs to run 110 will bounce us to the moon in skull size rocks and roots, slide around on gravel, and sit and spin all day in mud.

    It's hard enough to find a versatile tire, but if you want it to TRUELY work, You gotta air up on tarmac,... down off road.
    The million $ question is:
    What's best for This bike/tire and you!

    Now,.... to justify, I'm not going to deflate either for every little 10 mile gravel road road section if I'm out for a fun ride!
    My $.02 worth





  2. duffs

    duffs I have a beard

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    I should have been more clear - the question I asked Heidenau was the correct pressure on the K60 Scout for travelling long distance 2-up and fully loaded primarily on tarmac roads and the occasional bit of light travel/dirt trails.
  3. Hamish71

    Hamish71 Been here awhile

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    Im gonna be sick with all the love I see fort hi tyre...Have a K60 on the back . Can...not...wait...to get it off!

    Yes, it wears well, but grip?...useless.

    On road, thought my bike was broken, tyre keeps breaking loose on acceleration and the traction control kicking in....that never happens with any other on or off road tyre I run.

    Offroad....what a joke....its better than the oem tyres I guess...but that is about it....and wet grass, mud...its lethal.

    Only good thing I can say about it is that after 5000km, it still looks good, so will put it on the shelf, and put it on the bike again when I sell it.
  4. ebrabaek

    ebrabaek Long timer

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    I am certain that it is of different rubber blend, as my 18 inch rock's..... On, and off the pavement. The experience you describe is a different tire, not what I have on mine.
  5. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    seems riders like us love these tires and others hate them...we ride in rain, on new pavement all the time...we take due care and never felt unsafe...also, never had issues off road. Our expectations are not to expect a true knobby feel...we accept the K60's for what they are which a hardy great DS tire.
  6. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    we have these tires at 36-38 psi front and rear almost always and no issues.

    We also have been using the K60 since 2010:D
  7. Hamish71

    Hamish71 Been here awhile

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    I don't know....I have the same one shown in this picture here at #1651
    Admittedly mine is a 17. Pick up my 18 tomorrow and going for the Motoz Tractionator!
  8. soph9

    soph9 Would Love to ride ALL the TIME

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    That single post are our bikes. Not sure how it got to be a single post but cool. Our tires are not showing any wear at over 8000 KM's. Rode home from the dealer yesterday after my 10K service and it was like a typhoon out. No issues with the tires giving way to the flooding highway. I just stayed out of the centre part of the lane, you could see all the grease and oils rising to the surface from all this rain and I was good to go except probably could have used a paddle or two riding through some of the instant ponds that formed right in front of me. :D
  9. MCMXCIVRS

    MCMXCIVRS Long timer

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    It's just a forum trick that allows someone to post a link that displays just the single post in a thread. Your post is still part of the thread as a whole. :lol3

    I'm pretty much through my set of K60s and am hunting for the next choice. They were good tires, but not great tires. The mileage was fantastic, the on road behavior was good, but the off road traction left me wanting something better. That solid center strip on the 150 just limited the tires bite in loose stuff. The front tire was wild in sand, just couldn't keep the front end in control (but that might be me as much as the tire :muutt). In mud that damn center strip again on the rear made the tire a slick with no traction, not bad if you kept momentum, but hopeless to get moving again if you stopped. The more the tire wore, the less traction it had off pavement.

    I'm currently looking at the Mitas tires but can't decide between the E-07 rear or the E-09. I'm looking at the E-10 for the front.
  10. Billy_b57

    Billy_b57 DARTH

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    Put them on Darth (800Gs) and like them so much we became dealer's.
  11. WOLVERINE

    WOLVERINE Keep her pinned!

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    I had this issue this year when I swapped back from my 2nd set to my spoked wheels with the K60's on the rear. Set pressure to 36psi and the vibration and noise was bad. Tire has 2000kms on it and is starting to flatten a tiny bit. Bumped the pressure back to 42psi and it's a lot better, vibration is almost nil, especially in corners. YMMV!
    I'm just using up this tire to get me through to the end of the season then going back to Distanzia's. I never really liked this tire as it's squirrelly from new until you get several hundred kms on it, unnerving in corners at speed and it's noisy as hell and looses air over time. Won't buy again!
  12. c-m

    c-m Long timer

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    I've just bought the K60 SIO2 winter tyre for my F650 Dakar.

    From what I've read the K60s are poor in the wet. As this tyre is designed to work at low temperatures and has far more silica in it than the standard K60, I'm expecting it to work well in the UK winter.

    This is a 130/80/17 tyre and does not have a band around the centre at all.

    Manufactured in September 2013.

    Only slight problem is I've got 2,000 miles round Spain to get through on it first at temperatures in double digits.

    EDIT: Got it fitted now. I'll report back once it's fully scrubbed in.
  13. Smoke Eater 3

    Smoke Eater 3 Long timer

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    Two ounces of weight is too much. When I hit 4 wheel weights I unmount the tire and spin it a bit. Try balancing the wheel naked to see where your heavy spots are.
  14. TBickell

    TBickell And away we GO !!

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    Well after much deliberation I put another set of K60 "scouts" on my F800GS. I do a fair amount of off-road riding and some of it fairly rugged. My first set proved to me that they are very good on the road and almost excellent in the twisty's considering the tread pattern. They are also great in all of my off-road conditions which are mostly rocky hard surfaces we find in the desert southwest. I have not tested them in the mud much. I just "scrubbed in" the new set with a 300 mile ride that encompassed highway speeds , mountain twisty's and 22 miles of mild off road with some sand and wet dirt. They felt great in all applications and I cannot see going to another tire. I got 7500 miles on my last set ( front could have gone another 2000 miles, rear was just to squared off after too many highway miles) and I am going to order 2 back up sets before they are either changed or un-available... They are durable, stable at speed, good in the turns and more than adequate in the loose stuff..
  15. runnin4melife

    runnin4melife Been here awhile

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    I am pretty happy with my rear k60 as well, it does get a weee loose when wet but hey I have fun with that.... just revert back to my flat track days on a much larger bike :evil
  16. dknj22

    dknj22 Adventurer

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    Gave in and bought a set of K60's for my 2012 F8, should be arriving at the house in the next few days! Too bad I didn't tell my wife to expect a Christmas package for myself, ha! I had to take advantage of some of the great sales that are out there this time of year. I'm excited to get these bad boys on the bike and try them out on some awesome NJ potholes and what little fire roads we have. When I get back, I'll snap some pics and post them.
  17. c-m

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  18. samueleuk

    samueleuk Sam

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    Hi there,

    what kind of mileage do you get on the K60 Scouts you have fitted on the Yamaha Tenere XT660Z?

    Do you have any experience with the regular K60 in the front and/or rear? What's the difference in performance and mileage compared to the K60 Scout?

    Thanks in advance for your help

    Sam
  19. Snowy

    Snowy Long timer

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    How'd you go with the Motoz Tractionator?

    I fitted one up to the DR650, and loved the traction. Tore it up pretty bad though. I'm thinking for the same kind of riding style on the 800, it'd get shredded in about 1200kms.
  20. lm002e

    lm002e Been here awhile

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    I LOVE the tractionators (front and rear) on my 690 enduro. I got 3500 hard dirt miles out of the rear and even more out of front. I'm sold. I've even considered having Woody's build me an 18" rear for my 800 just so I can run a tractionator back there.