Heidenau K60 Scout Front Tire
Finally The Correct 120/70-19 Tire Size
This tire is replacing a similar sized Conti TKC80 front tire w 8888 miles on it for a 2014 R1200GSAW. The TKC has plenty of mileage left but one of the sidewall knobbies is partially ripped out of the tire and produces a slight air leak. The Heidenau new finally true sized tire for this bike was a little tuff to get on the rim at the very end with a Nomar tire changer even after heating the tire up in the sun on a cooler Fall day. Lined up the red dots at the valve stem and had to balance the wheel with 32g of weight vs 7g on the TKC, strange that is a lot of weight compared with the TKC80 and the good OEM Anakkee3 tire. On the rear I am running the older undersized Heidenau 150/70-17 tire. As noted by many over the years the older Heidenau 110 tire makes a whirling noise at speed as does the newer 120 tire does too. I have used the tire both on and off road and seems to grip well for not releasing a lot of air for off road use. Definitely not as an aggressive knobby as the TKC for offroad and will probably pu another TKC for many days with sandy So. Cal offroad ridding. As noted by all I should get at least 10 to 14k on this front tire. Will keep you posted on any issues.
December 14, 2015
Great tire for on and off road
I have approximately 8500 miles on this tire. I ride at least 70% of the time 2 up with gear. If I could give 1/2 stars I would give this a 4.5 stars but 5 still does it justice.
This tire has taken care of several issues I have had over the years with tires.
1. I have never been able to get over 8K miles on a tire...this one is looking like another 2K miles left before hitting the wear bar.
2. They handle very well on gravel roads as well as rocky trails here in Colorado. The only issue is with the front tire in gravel when in a harder turn it tends to feel like it wants to slip a little. Not a huge deal but the first couple times it is un-nerving because you are not expecting this to happen. It is not a lot of slide but you do notice it. When you know to expect this to happen you adjust the riding style and problem is solved. If going straight the ride is very stable feeling.
3. I have found the tires handles very well on asphalt. Even in the rain the bike does not get that wobbly feeling I have gotten with other tires. I would be careful on the painted surfaces and slow down more in the corners.
4. Big improvement is the way the bike handles on gravel roads. Even the gravel roads where the pea gravel is rather deep the bike feels very stable.
One note. When you first put these tires on you will feel a “knobby tire” vibration between 30 and 45 miles and hour for the first few hundred miles when coming to a stop. After that I really don't notice the vibration any more.
There is a slight hum that you can hear when at highway speeds but with my ear plugs and my Sena playing music it really is not problematic.
I highly recommend this tire. It looks like (I have always had to replace both tires at the same time) the front will easily last 2 rear tires. I am very happy so far with these tires.
January 22, 2016
So far so good.
Waited since 2013 for a set of these for my R12GSW, was happy they finally got them in production. Have maybe 300 miles on them and on hard pack dirt they are fantastic , mud no problem and I like the road handling too. When they were new the front tire made a high pitched wail that was annoying ,made me want to use earplugs , that has improved with some break in miles. I have not done a loaded GS tour yet so can not say how they will do,but I bet just fine. On my past GS bikes I loved the Conti TKC's but I would wear them out too fast, I think these will be a good compromise .
January 19, 2016
Great fast service and shipping from Revzilla ! Thank you.
Selected the Heindenau K60 for higher miles rating on my KLR650.
November 30, 2015
Heidenau K 60 Tires
Best adventure touring tire period. Always great service from Revzilla!!
November 2, 2015
Very good tire, however very noisy on the road at speed.
I ran the Heidenau Scouts on both ends of my Tiger for around 8000 miles. I found them to ride very well both on the road and off road on relatively easier single track. I also rode in some very heavy rain more than once with them and found them to handle well in spite of many negative reviews I've read regarding the Scouts while in the rain. I did not feel like they were dangerously slippery at all.
My only beef with the Scout is the front is very noisy at about 60+ mph. I may be more susceptible than other riders to this noise. I would buy the Heidenau Scouts again.
October 27, 2015
I just rode this tire 1,200 miles on highways, fire roads, and some very steep mountain trails (two track) marked for off-road vehicles only. I found the tire performed in each situation. There is definitely a bit of tire roar on the highway, but dry road grip is good and so is off road stability. The tire is a little pricey compared to the Shinko, but so far the wear has been good.
I have 5K on the rear and at least that much to go. I have 3K on the front and it is barely showing any wear.
I'm happy with the purchase.
October 26, 2015
Tire tore on manual install
I took the rear wheel off my removed the tire ant tube from the rim lubed up put on the fancy k60 until 3/4 of the last bead then pop goes the rubber.
December 6, 2015