Heidenau K60 Scout Front Tire
miles and miles plenty of tread left
put 6500 miles on in three weeks on a 2013 super tenere. loaded down with camping grear and me. tires worked so well rain,gravel and dirt no problems at all . great tire and a great value. doug
September 28, 2015
Replaced the MT21's on my 2013 690 Enduro R, looking for a more street oriented tire with dirt capability and really looking for more longevity since I don't have time to change tires every 1k miles.
Only 100 miles so far, 40 on dirt. Happy with the change. Thought there would be less vibration on the highway than the MT21 knobbies but didn't notice much difference. Maybe there was some improvement but it had been a few weeks since I'd been on the bike.
Good hold on the pavement and the usual rear tire spin in the dirt, but that's the 690's M/O.
I'd buy them again but not sure they'll hold up for any real aggressive off road / hill climbing. Fine for my type of riding now. They were great on 30+ miles of dirt / gravel road at 60 mph and carving up the tarmac canyons.
September 14, 2015
Great tires for on and light off road
As good on tarmac as the stock Battlewings, much more secure feeling on sand and gravel. Haven't had them in the mud yet as it's been dry this summer. Just a little buzz on the freeway.
September 12, 2015
Great tire for rough conditions
I put these tires on a Husqvarna TR650 Strada. There was a huge difference between these tires and the stock tires on rough terrain. Before I installed them I had to be very careful any time I wasn't on pavement. And since I live 3 miles down a gravel road. I was off pavement every time I took the bike out. The only negative thing I have noticed about these tires is. When you are on slightly uneven pavement at speeds over 70 mph. They tend to wonder or wobble back and forth in a quick left to right movement.
September 7, 2015
Sticks like glue,wears like iron
I bought these tires based on previous reviews and wasn't disappointed .stiff to install but not bad if you use tire warmers or set out in the sun for a while,although a bit noisy,these seem to be the best off road tire for the street.
September 7, 2015
K60 - Decent experience - a few "gotchas"
I'm just now at the point of wearing out my first set of K60's on my R1100GS. After getting them scrubbed in, I put on about 2500 miles on-road before getting any significant off-road time on them. On-road, nothing really new that you haven't already heard:
- decent grip
- great wear
- the front tire howls at 65-70mph
- can be a bit marginal in the wet - tend to let go quickly without a lot of warning. I would pick different tires if I rode in a lot of rain.
In the dry and warm weather, I have been able to get the bike over just as far as with any other tire I'd had on, and never had them slip unpredictably The center rib on the rear I'm sure adds to the mileage, but it does wander in loose gravel. In riding down in the AZ strip, it did great on the dirt/rock roads, and I never felt in need of more traction. Tried airing down for sand, and it was so stiff it didn't flatten out at all - really no difference between 35lbs and 12. Deep Sand=not good.
After a week of pounding down what could in some cases only be charitably called roads, with lots of sharp rocks, never had a cut or puncture - VERY tough tire. When you are 100 miles from pavement, this is reassuring. :) Decent traction of larger stretches of rock.
- good tracking in dirt/rock
- wide grooves help keep things planted
- Center rib on rear can wander in gravel.
All in all, mine was a good experience with these tires. As long as you recognize what their limitations are, they are a good value and provide good service.
September 2, 2015
Heidenau ist der Hammer!
I switched from Metzler Tourance tires to the Heidenau Scout to get a better grip on gravel and dirt. They are great! They are wearing very well. I've got 5700 mile on them and they look good for another 5000. They are pricey but worth it.
August 26, 2015
Confidence on asphalt, and outstanding off-road.
This tire is diverse enough to ensure that highway riding is comfortable with minimal vibration, but it shines when trail riding. I live on the Texas Gulf Coast, so our annual rainfall is high, but these handle the mud with relative ease. They allow stable travel through muck, and wonderful traction on loose rocks. A friend of mine traveled from Seabrook TX to Fairbanks Alaska on one set of these. The trip totaled 9,040 miles on a GS 1200 Adventure, and the tires were ready to go for another few thousand miles.
It is nice to have an actual 50/50 tire that can work this well off-road, while still instilling confidence when traversing through a metropolitan area. The more durable compound that the tire is made out of will allow you to cruise comfortably for thousands of miles, and still retain its tread pattern.
I'm sold on these, and Heidenau has a new customer for life. There is a reason for the high accolades presented to this tire throughout the Adventure community.
October 2, 2015