Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: South Western Ohio
No personal experience but I saw them in action on the Haul Road from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay.
We were two up on our Vee with brand new TKC 80 knobbies installed in Fairbanks. We had no problems but on the deep mud/gravel stretches it was a handful but we made it without incident.
There was another couple on a BMW GS, two up, with Heidenaus. They appeared to have no problems either. Big difference was that they had ridden from Vancouver BC on the same tires fully loaded. That's around 2,100 miles. The Heidenaus looked just fine when we got back to Fairbanks and he was planning to ride them home. My TKC 80s, however, after 1,000 miles on the Haul Road were about 1/4 worn.
TKC 80s are about as aggressive a tire as you can put on a big adventure bike but they only last about 2-3000 miles. People are reporting 10K and more on Heidenaus.
My feeling is that brand new Heidenaus are about 75% as capable as TKC 80s in mud or gravel. But after 2,000 miles, the TKC 80s are nearly worn out and the Heidenaus are only 20% worn and will be a lot better than the TKC 80s. So, most of the time you will have better tires with the Heidenaus unless you change your TKCs every 1,000 miles.
DL 1000 K2, Heidenau's, Speedhealer, DR400 Shifter
Patriot Guard Rider
Last edited by Johnmckinley; 03-21-2014 at 04:21 PM.