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post #1 of 25 Old 10-10-2012, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Heidenau K60 scout

I have heidenau K60s purchased and had them mounted during the first week of July. They have about 2,000 miles on them at this time, the tread wear is very good. I have one issue I am very concerned about.

After less then 5 months, I am getting the amount of surface cracking and what is usually weather related wear as I see after several years... The tire in the front seems to be having the most issues. With regards to the cracks, they are on the patches that contact the road as well as deep part of the tread.

The rear is not showing cracks on the tread that contacts the road, but is showing surface cracking where the tread blocks meet the body of the tire..

I have attempted to contact the dealer where I purchased them and brought my wheels to have the tires mounted. But between my busy work schedule and most motorcycle shops limited hours we have not made contact. There line is busy or they are closed when I try to call them.

I have been running 36psi front and rear as specced by heidenau.

After I take pictures, I will try to post them or edit my original post.

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post #2 of 25 Old 10-10-2012, 09:45 PM
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Sounds defective. The K60 is very popular with the Tenere guys. My front has about 12K miles on it and it looks only half worn. I have over 8K on my current rear and it still has about 3mm before the wear bars.

I have seen no cracking, nor have I heard any reports from the other Tenere users.


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thanks, that is what I was thinking but I was not sure. Hopefully when I get in touch with the shop where I purchased them we can work something out... A small problem is the shop is 100 miles away... Wyoming... things are spread out...

Not sure why the rear crack is shiny in the photo, but it is certainly a crack in real life and these small cracks are popping up almost all along the tire. The front might not look that bad but but their is a large amount of these small fissures.

Mostly while the cracks are small, surface only I believe the large amount of them (showing up so soon) is very nerve racking... I have had tires weather crack and this looks like weather cracking to me just very rapid. Usually I see this after 2-3 years and way more miles then I am seeing here....
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pic 2 rear. Cracks very shallow but frequent....

Overall happy with the tires performance on and off road, wet etc. I am not trying to bash the tires just thinking I got a weak tire or maybe Ozone, UV or something is killing these things really fast (which was not my experience with my previous tires on my other bikes).
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Any thoughts now that the pictures are up??

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I have the same thing on mine. I live in Laramie too. Shoot me an email [email protected]. Have 9k on my set of scouts and I thought those cracks were from rocks Haha. Sunday looks like a good weather day !
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Hope Sunday is nicer then today, no idea what those cracks are from still... To bad the cowboys lost... Also went to saratoga today, can;t believe how hard it was snowing on the pass...Stopped to have a snowball fight with my fiance...

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I have the same thing on mine. I live in Laramie too. Shoot me an email [email protected]. Have 9k on my set of scouts and I thought those cracks were from rocks Haha. Sunday looks like a good weather day !
You ride a wee or a vee? I have the red wee with yann's skid plate, givi bars, and the k60s. Usually parked at UW where I work.

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How do you guys like these tires? How do they handle in pavement and in the rain?

I want something with better off road characteristics than the OE Bridgestones, but I do not want to give up much on the pavement since that is where I send 80% of my riding.

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[QUOTE=glass3222;869434]How do you guys like these tires? How do they handle in pavement and in the rain?

Runnin a Heide on the rear that I'm very happy with. Grips well in all conditions encountered. Only a few thousand miles so no idea on longevity. Does howl a bit. :beatnik:

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