Heidenau K60 Scout Rear Tire
Long range dual sport tire!
My F800 GS came with the Anakee 2's which I am told are exceptional tires on and even off-road. I put aprox 250 miles on-road, however was not confident in the tires ability to push the bike off-road, and wanted a little more bite. Im running the Heidenau's on front and rear, and have been extremely pleased with their performance. They are a bit loud, especially the front tire (it's a howler, and they do seem to have a little fall-out point the last patch of tread on the outside of the tire feels somewhat loose when engaged on the twisties, where a smoother tire would give you a bit more side wall/tread love in the canyons, I do not have a lot of dual sport tire experience for comparison though. I have a little over 6.5k on the set, and that includes aprox 800 dirt miles, and unfortunately a ton of freeway commuting. The tread life is still decent, however with the freeway miles (I always try to create long short cuts with any turns available) I have hit the wear bar on the center strip. Gonna grab a new rear and run the set another 6k and go from there. I was told the only tire to look at for heavy commute with dirt on the mind! Lived up to expectations solid!
May 22, 2013
Great Dual Sport Tires
I have a KTM 990 ADV and I ride 70% on road and 30% off road. I'm impressed with how it handle on road considering the tire profile and the patter. Off road works well on hard terrains, rocks but not well on mud (as I would expect). Overall it's a very good tire for dual sport purposes and I will buy it again.
May 20, 2013
Good tire but watch out in the rain
I love these tires
Fine on the road ..when dry , the sidewalls are very stiff and it makes my tiger 800 xc rear suspension bounce all over the place . No problem though lower pressure a bit I got to 31 psi and soften the rebound on the shock
In the rain it's almost scary if you forget to be gentle with the throttle and don t try to lean hard !! I made my wheel spin in 5 th gear on the west side HWY in NYC.. While passing a car ..
Anyway good tire if you don't drive too aggressively
It's better than stock in the dirt too
May 19, 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