Heidenau K60 tires

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

  1. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I run a K60 rear,TKC front and LOVE this combo.This is the combo I will run year round !!.
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  2. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Can't remember if I've posted in this thread. Here's mine when I replaced it at 6,500 miles.
    I couldn't be more impressed having never had a tire last that long. Needless to say
    I put on another K60.

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  3. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    These look like a tractor tire when they get a few miles on them.
    How do they handle/feel on the road when they flatten out like that?
  4. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I have a TKC up front and they handle just like any other tire for me,but I'm not real aggresive.


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  5. Chef Gareth

    Chef Gareth Live 2 Ride

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    I also run the tkc front scout rear combo will get about 14 k from both on a dl650. Great set up !!
  6. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    150/17 rear @ 5,000 miles.
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    140/17 rear @ 5,000 miles.
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    120/17 front TKC @ 5,000 miles.
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    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Took the TKC/K60 combo out for a gravel ride last weekend.Did about 30-40 miles of steep/loose/rutted gravel roads and at street pressures the tires worked awsome!!.
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    And this is what happens when you try the same roads with street tires !!
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  8. Jud

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    Hey, do you have any experience with a DL650 to compare with your NC? Looking to get the wife another bike and the NC700X is on the list. I've ridden quite few bikes with 17inch front off tarmac and I really like the DL650's 19 inch front better. She presently has an old VT500 and it's 18inch wheels along with light weight really make her happy. In contrast, I couldn't give her my DL650.
  9. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I traded in a DL1000 for the NCX and never looked back.I did alot of offroad with the DL and I like the 17" better than the 19" front.On the kind of offroad I do ( dirt,gravel and mud ROADS ) the wider 17" front feels more stable/planted with the TKC.
    The NCX will probably feel even lighter than the FT because of the low CG,and she could get 70-80mpg off road.


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  10. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I just saw this pic last night ,no details yet.
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  11. c-m

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    Those K60s don't look like they have much of a round profile. Can you actually lean the bike with them or is it like falling off a cliff?
  12. SenorPeligro

    SenorPeligro Proper Naughty

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    Nothing like the feeling of falling off when leaning on TKC's. I'm removing my first set of K60's after about 7000 miles. The rear is going strong (I have the 150/17 with the big middle strip). The front is shot and frankly has been for 2000 miles or so (rideable but ugh what an odd ride).

    Due to my life containing too much work and way too little fun during the "Heidenau Era" I never took these tires off road. Instead they saw all kinds of Bay Area freeway, which I think might be a form of Dual Sport riding consider how utterly shitty 880 is right now.

    This is what I found about these tires (your mileage may vary):
    * extremely squirmy unless they are aired up towards the max PSI
    * have almost no traction on freeway road markings (I like lane-splitting :evil)
    * hunt grooves like nobody's business (maybe that big middle strip on the rear?)
    * Slightly less fun than TKC-80's in corners... they feel less grippy

    As a comparison I rode my Husky on my commute route at the weekend, running moderately worn D606's (dual sport knobbies) and I experienced none of the wandering and rut-hunting the K60's were prone too.

    I'm going to try Karoo 3's next. I won't be going back to the K60's due their lack of road manners.
  13. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Cut some grooves in my rear K60 last weekend to help with wet weather riding .These tire are scary on wet tar snakes . This rear has almost 10,000 miles on it.
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  15. c-m

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    The smaller sizes don't have that continuous band around the centre.
  16. rustynut2

    rustynut2 Been here awhile

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    That looks scary. New tire time.
  17. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    The groves I cut did make some difference,so the 15 minutes it took to cut them was worth it ..haha


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    Is the "scary on wet tar snakes" a result of a hard rubber compound or is the tire hydroplaning? If it's hydroplaning, I just don't see how those small {what, maybe 5mm cuts} are gonna help significantly. If you are spinning up the rear as you accelerate across the sealer, then it's not hydroplanning,,,,,, it's a result of a hard rubber compound. ME880s do the same and it's not the result of hydroplaning.

    If you feel the cuts helped, I'm not arguing as I never thought I could stand a car tire on the back on my DL untill I tried it and found it's the best compromise tire for me, my riding and the conditions I ride. I just would have to see and feel to believe just like the CT.
  20. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I ran a CT on my Vstrom also and it was the best for me also.My bike only has 48hp so I don't think it's to much power spinning it up.I will be getting a Knobby Knife soon so I will do more experimenting .I'm not sure if it's the solid stripe down the middle OR the rock hard rubber OR a combo of both??.


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