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Old 08-31-2010, 05:30 PM
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Default Heidenau K60 Tire Review

If you are looking for a 50/50 for the Strom look no further.
I installed a set of K60's in the spring both front and back.

I have put 10,000 km on them so far this season.
11mm tread depth at the start on the rear centre.
5.5 tread depth now.

6,500 km of that was fully loaded touring with camping gear on pavement.
1,500 km of that was loaded on the Trans Labrador Highway on gravel.
The remaining 2,000 was mixed riding on pavement loaded and gravel unloaded

I noticed no difference in rear traction on gravel from the TKC 80 that I had on prior. The front tire does not bight as well in gravel as the TKC. The K60 is still firm though in gravel and does not roll on loose gravel like a stock Battlewing.

The roll into a turn on pavement is noticeable smoother on the K60 compared to a TKC. The wet traction is good on the K60. I drove in a lot of wet conditions on my east coast trip. The strongest crosswinds in rain I have ever had along the NewFoundland west coast up and back to L'Ans Meadows. Total confidence in the tire.

The K60 front does give a little shimmy when crossing over a road snake line or parallel crack. The psi on the tire says 36. I ran the front at 27 and the rear at 30 on the Trans Lab. There was less float at those pressures than at 36 psi.

I expect at least another 3,000 km or more from the rear. The front as expected has not worn much. I found the side walls very stiff on the tires and had a hard time installing them myself. I ran them with Dyna beads for balancing as I do in all my tires. No uneven wear or cupping at all.

I will definitely be installing another rear for next season. I purchased direct through Moto Amore and shipped to the UPS store in Ogdensburg NY then drove down to pick them up and eliminate the Duty and Brokerage fees. Hopefully Dual Sport Plus will carry this tire next season and I will purchase from them.

This is a shot in the spring of the k60 - TKC - Battlewing for comparrison of the tread.



This is a shot of the tire after 10,000 km with 5.5 mm still on the centre. The blocks are still square edged unlike a TKC that will round off due to the wider gap between the blocks.

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Old 08-31-2010, 05:55 PM
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I'm a big fan of the K76's. I doubt I'll go back to any of the more expensive brands if they ever wear out. The strange thing is that even though they wear like they are made of hardened steel they seem to grip as well as much softer tyres at the same time.
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:40 PM
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here's a place in Ohio, where you can order up some K60's - and they're temporarily out of stock of the 150 size....wonder if the 140 size would be OK? Probably, just fine, maybe even better in the sketch.

http://www.heindlengineering.com/Onl...enau_tires.htm


A buddy of mine who lives in CO got some of these in the spring for his f800, had to do a bit of legwork to get em thru his dealer, but he really digs em.

I predict a K60 grab-fest, once the distribution gets sorted out.....I'm lining up.
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Where did you find them in Canada?
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Where did you find them in Canada?
Not available in Ca. He ordered them from Moto Amore Scooter and Motorcycle Tires by Heidenau I don't know if they have the actual sizes required for wee/v in stock. Perhaps Vstrompaul can enlighten us. You have to clic on PRODUCTS, to see all the tires. Also tryhttp://www.www.smcycle.com/ and http://www.adrenalinmotorcycle.com/ Let us know how you make out.
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Rode the Haul Road in June with TKC's on my Vee two up. Another couple was on a GS with Heidenau's. He had no problems with the gnarly stuff and he had 2,000 miles on his tires when we started. Back in Fairbanks with 3,000 miles they still looked good
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I just came off an off road dual sport rally this last weekend. In the wet mud the front did slide more than I would like. I intend to put a TKC on the front and stay with the Heinie on the rear. Along with upgrading the front end shocks, travel, clearance. Say a F800 GS with the reliable Strom engine.
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The strange thing is that even though they wear like they are made of hardened steel they seem to grip as well as much softer tyres at the same time.
Hardened steel is really bad in terms or erosion. The more hardened the worse. This is why rims disintegrate so fast in high speed police chases when the police shoots the tires...

I assume you mean that the tire thread life is very good though...
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Thanks for the post. I will be trying a set of these after I wear through my new battlewings. I was not able to find them anywhere in the past month or so.
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I'd also love to try a pair of these, but they seem to be unobtanium in the US of A.

Anyone find a source that actually has stock?

Maybe you gotta know a guy who knows a guy?
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