Heidenau K60 tires

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by markymcd, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. eakins

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    the tck-80/k60 combo on the 800gs would also keep you in the all german love nest.
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  2. cba191

    cba191 wanna buy a monkey?

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    i slab it 60+ miles a day on the commute. so i'd burn through those pricey TKCs in a hurry.
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  3. eakins

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    check out those 705 shinkos
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  4. cba191

    cba191 wanna buy a monkey?

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    i loved the tkcs on my old dakar, but there was a lot more dirt back then.
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  5. cba191

    cba191 wanna buy a monkey?

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    any updates as to who will be carrying these in the states?
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  6. eakins

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    people are ordering from moto amore direct at this point.
    my guess is once the 150-17" & 19" are hear on of the smaller specialty suppliers will pick them up AND be slammed with orders.

    the shipment is coming soon, so if you want em, i'd pre-order with moto amore to get yours.
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  7. cba191

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    the only problem i see right now is that they're about the same price as the TKCs. I already know that I like the TKCs. The Heidenaus are, as of now, an untested commodity.
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  8. WoodWorks

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    Untested by us Yanks, perhaps. But the reports coming in from S. Africa and elsewhere are very encouraging.

    David
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  9. eakins

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    the hope/idea is the rear has much more life-span than tck-80 rear while offering most of the tck-80 traction.
    it has been reported as such

    it's far from untested. it's been available around the world for a bit, with very positive reviews.
    you need to get out of the hood more often.
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  10. WoodWorks

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    My Heidenau K60s were delivered last week, and I got the rear 140/80-17 on (after much struggle--I had never mounted my own tires before) last Friday. Today I mounted the front 90/90-21 (much easier). I've only put a few miles on them. But so far I'm very pleased. They're a little bit more vibey than the Battlewings, but not nearly as vibey as TKC-80s. I'm going to scuff them up a little before I thrash the bike through some twisties. But they seem to have plenty of grip on pavement, and what little gravel I've done with them on also felt very planted.

    These are the tires I hope will get me all the way down the Continental Divide Trail (and to and from the trailheads), which I'm leaving for next Saturday. So you can count a more thorough review after I return.

    I do think they look great on the bike, though. :thumb

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  11. M N B

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    I can't wait until I can try out a 150/70x17. I think this will be a great compromise between a street tire and a knobby. I look forward to hearing more about handling and mileage characteristics.
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    CDR Dave ? Your my kinda man ! Ill be looking foward to that RR. Have fun and I hope the passes are open for you.
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  13. WoodWorks

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    From your lips to God's ears, Frank. :lol3

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  14. eakins

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    sure are alot of little traction/biting edges on that rear tire.
    ofcourse those disappear with wear so it's be interesting to hear mileage reports as well as off-road grip reports when worn past 50%.

    the front tire doesn't seem to use those. i'm not as impressed with looks of the front, but looks can be deceiving.
    please give us some feedback on how that performs/corners in the dirt.
    i do notice the chevrons are reversed up front (w/ a little traction hook at the end).
    this mirrors what others have found with front mefo explorers > reverse the tire for better traction.


    i still plan on using this a my front tire for my strom, as this is a nice middle between tck-80 & the new shinko 705 (the current next step after tck-80). rear is still debatable as i have 2 smaller hard-core dirt machines.
    guess if the k60 rear can produce mileage similar to original tourance rear or anakee 2 then why not go for the extra traction in the rear. if mileage is not near as good it's either 1 of those 2 or maybe the price leading shinko 705 rear (i change my own tires). i do believe others in the world report good mileage, but what does that actaully mean?

    i think for you serious 50/50 dual-sporters a tkc-80 front & k60 rear is a great beast combo.


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  15. eakins

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    what are the new tire tread depths???

    front looks like 1/2 of rear.
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    Just a hair over 1/2" on the rear, and 5/16" up front.

    David
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  18. Eagerpooch

    Eagerpooch Been here awhile

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    I plan on putting these on my '05 Tiger. Have TKC's but looking for some longer tread life.

    My question is

    How will the 150's differ from the 140's

    I understand that a 140 will lean easier. Will it also be better in the dirt? Should the tread life on a 150 be better?
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    150 is a steel belted tire. plenty have sucessfuly run 140s on beast.
    mileage is unkown.
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  20. Singletrack_mind

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    This seemed like a perfect tire for me, so I spent some time trying to contact the distributer by e-mail. Eventually I went to their website, got a phone number, and called. I was told that they had sold out of fronts during the week I was e-mailing asking for one. frustrating, since I have a trip to Utah coming up soon & will now need to buy something else to tide me over. So: two questions:

    Does anyone have a 90/90 21 K60 they aren't going to use soon and would be willing to sell? The distributer has rears . . .

    Long shot, right . . . so:

    Does anyone have a curent source for the Mitas E09? I haven't been able to Google up a source that actually has any. I know they aren't a great long-distance road tire, but they seem to be a cheap way to try knobs and last longer than TKCs
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