Heidenau K60 Scout Rear Tire
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
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
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