Heidenau K60 Scout Rear Tire
Aggressive and long lasting tire
After wearing out two rears and one front TKC80s in one season (8,000 miles; 2,000 off / 6,000 on-road) I decided to give the K60s a try based on buzz from the forums and Revzilla reviews. 1,500 miles in they appear to be wearing much slower than the TKCs. It's not that TKCs were a bad tire, just the reality of having to ride the highway or sporty twisties to get to the trails took a toll on them. The K60s with the more solid strip down the center are wearing much slower and I haven't noticed any less performance. I haven't had a chance to ride them in deep sand yet, but I was sloppy riding the TKCs in that so I don't imagine I'm any better with the K60's.
November 20, 2015
Good at everything, Bad at Nothing
Don't let the heading fool you. I'm not saying this is the best tire for all conditions. What I am saying is that if you're planning on taking on a 10,000+ mile adventure anywhere, this is the tire for you.
I used this tire on a trip from NY to AK and back. Wet traction is good even at highway speeds. Mud less than 4 inches deep isn't a problem. It eats gravel and hard packed dirt for breakfast. Even on a full loaded V Strom, speeds of 60mph on dirt/gravel, the rear never felt unsafe. The solid center strip is awesome for pavement but you lose performance on wet hard pack dirt.
The tire lasted a total of 13,500 miles before hitting the wear bars. Although, turn in performance on pavement began to suffer around 9,000 miles as the center strip wore down.
I would suggest this tire to anyone who's willing to venture down less traveled paths and wants the piece of mind of a reliable tire.
November 14, 2015
Great traction and handling, slightly more noise above 45 mph
Has great traction on dirt/gravel roads whether it is loose gravel or Gooey mud. It also handles very well on the asphalt. Has a nice deep tread and looks good on the bike. It is an improvement over the Shinko E705 I had on there before as far as traction and handling. Didn't need any weights to balance when it was mounted. At 45 mph and above you do get a little tire hum or singing but I wear air plugs when I'm riding so it is a non-issue for me and when I'm just riding around town at slower speeds without earplugs I don't hear them.
November 9, 2015
This tire sees a lot of miles!
My second K-60 on my DL650, the first one saw almost 13k miles. I have it paired with a shinko 705 front and they are a perfect combo for all of my riding. At low speed on road you'll feel a slight vibration from the tire, but if your that picky about it get a different tire. Mine sees about 70-30 highway to heavy off road. (My Stroms amphibious). I highly recommend this tire.
November 2, 2015
I wanted a more off road biased replacement for the stock tires on my GS-1200, but with decent on road performance, since most of my miles are commuting... these are awesome tires!!!
I gotta say, I think the compromise (and there is always a compromise) is that wet road traction is the weak point, I notice a little loss of traction on freshly wet roads. (but then again, in SoCal, when it rains, it mashes up the past 10 years of oil from the road, so everything is slippery!)
Dry road performance is impeccable, and after 3,000 miles, there's no sign of wear. A little highway buzz, but hey, their off road tires too!
Had my first chance to get them off road this weekend, and boy, what a difference from the stock tires! Dropped the pressure down to 20psi and they gobbled up the soft sand, ruts and anything I could throw at them!
Took my 12 year old to Gormon for the first outing on his TTR-125 and I followed him on the GS-1200 with no problems... then I went off for a little fun on my own. check out how the Heidenau's performed...
If you're looking for tires for your GS with more off road capabilities but still decent on the highway, look no further.
November 1, 2015
Everything you could want
I've been riding with this tire for about 3000 miles now and I can tell you that it is absolutely worth every penny. I replaced the stock tires on my v strom 1000 with these and lost no traction on the paved streets while I gain a great deal on the dirt. An awesome 50 50 tire. I wish I could give you an idea on how long they last, but I can tell you I have a lot more road to travel before they're done.
To sum up, buy them and enjoy. You won't regret it.
October 26, 2015
Heidenau K60 Scout
I select this tire based on reviews and extended miles folks are reporting. Somewhat hard for me to install but the Motion Pro Tire spoons helped a lot. I've already put about 600 miles on the tire & works great here on Blue Ridge Parkway and great grip on the dirt roads and forest service roads here in Virginia.
October 26, 2015
Feel great on and off road.
I replaced the stock tires on my 13 F800GS with these after much research. Except for a little buzzing at low speed and a little noise around 60 mph on pavement, (somewhat expected) these are great tires. They stick in the corners very well on blacktop and give great performance off road too. Haven't had them in mud yet, but so far I am more than happy with my purchase.
October 24, 2015