Heidenau K60 Scout Front Tire
An excellent 70/30 touring tire
Just returned from a 2000 mile ride around the southwest which included 500 miles of mixed dirt, rock and sand. The Heidenau was great on the highway and hard packed dirt and rock, not so great in gravel and sand - but that is the norm for mixed use tires. All in all and excellent choice.
April 1, 2013
Tires for more Off than On-Road
My F800GS call for the 150/70-17 size, which I have been running now for the last 20k miles. But wanted a tread pattern missing the center continuous tread, so based on photo's alone, thought that by going down one size (to the 140/80) I would be getting the continuous Chevron tread pattern and the continuous center rib absent. Well I was wrong. In this 17" rim size the 150 and the 140 look nearly identical to one another. Only the 18" rim size has the true chevron pattern across the center area of the tread. Still a good tire, but that was I get for not doing more research ahead of time. (And for not riding the Big Orange wave as well.) Lucky KTM riders get the better Off-Road Tread option in my opinion.
Revzilla is still the best.
May 6, 2013
Long lasting tire with grip.
I have 4500 miles on last one so far, and still more use left. It really grips on dirt and gravel on my Tenere, an feels good on asphalt.
May 6, 2013
2,000 miles and looking great
I just put the K60's on my R1200GS a few weeks ago and have put about 2,000 miles on them so far. The wear is considerably less than the other 50/50 or 60/40 tires I have used in the past and the offroad traction is great. Obviously too soon to tell but I think I will probably get at least 30% to 50% more miles out of these than my last set of similar tires.
The sidewalls are pretty stiff so putting the rear tire on by hand took a bit of effort. I learned my lesson, though, and a quick trip to the local shop, plus a few bucks so they could use their tire machine, got me ready to go.
The road ride is fine. Obviously not street-only tires so you will feel the tires a bit more but I didn't notice any extra noise. Also, they felt fine at higher speeds.
Part of my recent trip required me to ride in fast traffic in heavy rain and, contrary to some of the reviews I have seen, they stuck to the tarmac great. Liked them so much I just ordered another set for my 800GS.
May 3, 2013
Better then I thought they would be
Great tire, though I only have a few hundred miles on them. Better traction in the wet then I would have thought and impressive in the sand on my heavy 1100gs.
April 22, 2013
Great 'one tire' choice for a longer trip.
we ran these tires last summer on two heavily loaded DR650's over a 9,000km trip. 4000km's were 'off road' on the CDR (basically we rode from Canada to southern Arizona on (mostly) hwy and then back on the continental divide route). I then did another short trip so now my tires have almost 11,000km in total. The rear tire is toast at that mileage, and the front is about 50% worn out based on tread depth.
excellent grip on pavement, never felt that the tires were slowing me down or making excessive noise (for a dual purpose tire that is). Off road we were very impressed as well, particularly with the rear which gave excellent grip in a variety of conditions. Obviously these tires are not going to perform like a full knobby in sand or mud (we had both) but they will get you through if you are careful and air down. Most of the off road was on hard packed gravel and rock and we had no flats! I think in this regard, the more closed chevron pattern is actually better then an open knobby as it protects the carcass from sharp rocks. As with any tire, proper inflation (or deflation) makes a big difference to the performance.
the only limitation I would point out is the front is a bit skittish when riding on gravel over hardpack (very common condition) when in corners. It doesn't bite that well leaned over, and feels like it will wash out easily if you push it. Minor complaint - we really shouldn't have been going faster anyway with loaded bikes! straight line braking performance was excellent. Given that the front wore very little on our trip, next time I might try a more aggressive front matched with the Heidenau K60 rear and hope that they will wear out at the same time. Overall by far the best 'dual sport' tires that I have ever run and very long lasting. Did I mention no flats?
April 17, 2013
The K60 is an excellent 50/50 option.
I typically run TKC80 for the best off road performance. However, in preparation for an upcoming 3,000 mile road trip with only about 600 off road miles involved, I chose the K60. I think that the K60 is an excellent 50/50 option. Their unique tread patern and reputation for longevity on the pavement were the deciding factors for me. I've already put about 1,200 miles on this set and they are showing almost no wear. They feel much smoother on the pavement than the TKC80 and they didn't let me down on the gravel forest roads this past weekend. Though I will switch back to the the staple big block knobbys for the back county routes, I'm confident that the K60s will serve their purpose and perform very well for the long haul road trips.
April 8, 2013
Very Versitile tire
I wanted a tire for my BMW R1200 gs that would work better off-road than the Tourance EXP's that came with the bike. The K60 Scouts work very well in the dirt. The front feels planted and the rear works well when aired down to about 25psi, other wise it spins up easily. The K60's are real off-road tires. What really surprised me is how well they work on-road. Yes, you do have to turn it back a notch in the fast sweepers, but in the tight, bumpy stuff they work just fine.
April 8, 2013