The Great DualSport Tire Shootout!

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by bgoodsoil, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    hmm. maybe my tire pressure was low :dunno
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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    just added the Heideanu k60 tires. Here's a link to a review in GSpot.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=487217

    I don't see an online ordering system so I'm assuming you have to call Moto Amore. From what I've read their prices are off. In the US they're very expensive, in Europe they're cheaper than TKCs.

    They sound like the Mefos. Good tires but since they're made in Europe the supply is spotty and the prices are outrageous over here. There are other tires out there that are easier and cheaper to get your hands on. I'd avoid both of them unless you happen to have a local dealer that stocks them. The Michelin T63s are a better alternative here in the States.
  3. ChromeSux

    ChromeSux Un-plated and Unscrewed

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    Brad
    have you had the T63 on your bike, I have them on my KLR and even bought a extra set to have around but now the R100GS needs tires and i am hesitant about putting T63'S on a bike that weighs more than a KLR.
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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    not yet. I'm really kicking myself for not getting a set on this last order. If the IRCs I ordered don't last me until next summer's road trip I'll be getting the T63s.

    The folks in GSpot like them on their heavy bikes. They all compare them to the TKCs in performance. They cost half as much though and I love me some cheap tires!
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    ChromeSux Un-plated and Unscrewed

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    That is good to know that the big bikes run them with no problems, i dont like the fact that they are a tube type and i would have to run tubes, I have no choice on the KLR tubes are must .
    I just did not know how the T63'S would act under heavy load in the twistys on pavement, they look a little more aggressive than the TKC and i thought they may not stick like the TKC.

    I will know and trust them more as soon as i can get out on the KLR and see how the T63'S act.
    May end up putting the extra set on the R100GS.

    Motorcycle Super store has the T63'S for $112.00 a set delivered.
  6. Zortose

    Zortose Been here awhile

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    Pasted my review from another thread by request.
    I like these Shinko's so far. I'll know more in the spring when I do some 2-up trips with the wife. So far, so good.
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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I appreciate it! :thumb

    I didn't know they were tube-type only. I couldn't find anything on their website saying one way or the other. I'll dig around in GSpot and see if I can find anybody that ran them tubeless and lived to tell about it.
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    Putts Gettin' there.

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    Thanks for the great reference mate! :thumb
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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    no problemo!

    tires are in. These are the IRC GP-110s next to my benchmark, the Avon Distanzias.

    Very similar in width and pointiness. The tires are very floppy, especially the front. Kinda like picking up a bicycle tire. They don't hold their shape well whereas most other tires are very stiff. Maybe there's less material in the carcass or something. It could be a good thing for offroad since they'd change shape to terrain better. I'll spoon 'em on tomorrow and get some on-the-bike pics.

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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I only got in a short ride before the rain started. They handle kinda funny. They take a lot more pressure on the bars to get the bike to turn but after it's leaned over it wants to fall into corners.

    I don't want to push them too much yet because there's a lot of that white film/silicone stuff on them and I don't think the current rain is a good time to see how they do.

    not as good looking as TKCs but then, what is?

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  11. StephenB

    StephenB G(/)S ... what else!

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    You all might have read the reviews of the Heidenau K60 in GSpot and here in Old School. The tire seems to be the tits as a 50/50 with reported 10.000mls on the rear of an Oilhead GS!

    I have set my heart on getting one of those in 1st generation (1981-1987) Airhead GS sizes.

    The US importer doesn't seem to import any of the below rear sizes though:

    T-rated (118mph)
    120/80 - 18 M/C 62 T
    120/90 - 18 M/C 71 T

    S-rated (112mph)
    4.10 - 18 60S
    4.00 - 18 64S


    Does anybody know anything different? Do all G/S riders have to send an email to Heidenau USA aka Moto Amore (motoamore@hotmail.com) and ask for clarification? I have already asked and am waiting for their response.
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    chiefrider Chrome won't get you home

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    I had been looking at these tires--they appear kinda cool. I was considering their 4.60x18 for a vintage project.

    I "researched" some threads on a few off-road motorcycle forums, and they didn't get very good reviews. Not good in mud, passable on street IF you have a lightweight bike (my project IS NOT a lightweight). Others had mentioned the "floppy" sidewalls.

    The intended use of the 4.60x18 is the front tire of a TW200 Yamaha (their fat-tired trailbike), not a rear wheel of a large powerful dualsport.

    As for my GSPD, I'm partial to TKC80s and Tourances depending on the mission.

    Tom in Salem
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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    I've had a chance to put a lot more miles on the IRC GP-110s and do some offroading. I'm very happy with them.

    I did some steep hill climbs in the woods, no trail, so I was on a solid bed of pine needles. I slid around like I was on ice with the Distanzias in the same place while these hooked up well.

    As usual, I can't say much about road performance as I don't demand much from tires on the street. They handle fine now that I'm used to them. I'll post the mileage on 'em when I get it.
  14. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    Just got some Kenda K270s in. Will report back in the fall.

    Thanks again for the reference, bgoodsoil. :thumb
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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    hey I'm glad to add something useful to the forum!

    Ya'll have Putts to thank for this thread as much as me. I spent a lot of time putting together the first page....then I accidentally deleted it :baldy Putts reminded me that I could go back in my History to find an older version so I could restore it. SuperMod to the rescue :pynd
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    bmwblake upside down parker

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    i mounted my rear distanzia about 90 miles ago and so far i'm loving it. i need to hit some gravel before i give it 2 thumbs up.

    putts, good luck with the kendas. i've experienced nothing but mild suckage from anything with their name on it.
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    So, I have to give the Mefos a so-so review. Yes, they do last quite a while and they ride quite well on the road for how knobby they are. I´m currently somewhere around 10k on my rear with maybe another 2k left and the front lasted about the same, but all of us who´ve been running these have experienced uneven and WEIRD wear patterns which has resulted in some seriously wonky handling on higher mileage tires. I ditched my front with a fair amount of meat left on it because it was handling so weird. Several of us have also experienced large cracks on the inside of the tire big enough to pinch tubes and cause flat after flat until we realized it was a cracked tire. I also just noticed a huge crack on the outside of the tread the other day as well. I have a Pirelli MT60 on the front right now and a rear waiting to go on when the MEFO shits the bed. Add the MT60 to the list BRAD! They´re pretty good tires, CHEAPish, and available in G/S and GS sizes.

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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    something I've learned from making this thread: foreign tires aren't necessarily more expensive because they're better. They're more expensive because they're foreign.

    The Heidenau's sound similar. I've read good reviews but can they really be that much better?
  19. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    :lol3 You get what you pay for. :thumb

    I'll be sure to let you know how much I hated wearing them out.

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    Just got off the phone with Motorcycle Superstore. Their Shipping policy is FREE Shipping on all tires, unless you want 3-day shipping. Of course their prices are higher to offset that, just thought I would let you all know.