Heidenau K76 Front Tire
When I first got these tires I really loved them. It seemed there was nothing they did not do well. I had read reviews about how long they lasted, and after my first set wore out at about 7,000 miles, I was hoping for more mileage. They are certainly very stiff tires, and proved a bit difficult to mount. Then after only about 2,000 miles I ran over something and got a very clean puncture that I repaired in the rear tire. Now at about 6,000 miles, the tread still looks very good, but I now discovered what looks like a tear in the tire between the tread blocks. There is no sign of damage from some road surface issue or object, just about a 1/2" tear all the way through the tire. I think this will be my last set of Heidenau. I know people swear by them, but now I don't trust them. Keep in mind, this is just my experience.
October 19, 2014
Good all around ADV tire
I put a set of these tires on my Super Tenere for a trip from East Tennessee out west. I covered approx 5k miles of mostly paved roads but with some dry desert terrain and sand though it.
The tires preformed will on the trip and lasted for another 1k miles of back home mountain twisty road riding (total of 6k miles). Form me, that is a respectable amount of miles to get out of a set of tires. YMMV
IMO these are very good all around ties for an ADV bike. The stick well enough on pavement for sporting use, although not as well as a Tourance or Anakee 3. They also do well off hard surface. Also the price is reasonable. Being bias ply the stiff sidewall makes mounting and dismounting a little harder then a radial tire.
I like the added grip of the Anakee 3's better but if they wear out too quickly I may go back to the K-76.
September 27, 2014
Wears fast if ridden hard
Should not have matched with a pilot road 3 on back of my R1100GS. hard braking and slapping the throttle open exiting turns work the side lugs too hard. Now certain lean angles produce a strong vibration (more of a rumble) as the center lugs with little wear overlap with the side lugs with lots of wear. I'm around 3000 miles deep. You don't want a wide zig zag groove contacting the ground at a medium lean angle. If you take it easy its probably great... but what isn't?
August 6, 2014
Regretfully Retired After 8K Miles
Sadly, after 8K miles and 5-weeks, I had to retire this great tire despite having probably 2K miles of life left.
New K76 front and rear tires were mounted on my R1200GSA on 23 May. I subsequently rode them hard on an eventual 11K US tour. On 27 June, 8K miles later, the K76 rear tire was severely worn in the center and logistics of the ride and lack of a K76 rear replacement led me to the sad decision to just replace them both with other tires the dealer happened to have on hand.
The Hidenau K76s deported themselves admirably! They held the tarmac flawlessly (never so much as a "skip" under hard cornering) and deported themselves admirably during the occasional off-road excursion, too. My only "ding:" They ride rather harshly; you can definitely feel the tread pattern. On the positive side: They wear like iron, they hold the road, and work off-road VERY well.
July 2, 2014
Great Tire so far....
I've had this tire on my Tiger Explorer for about 600 miles now and so far it has been great. It has a little more aggressive tread than the Tourance EXP it replaced but still holds the pavement well. Just yesterday I really got to put it to the test on the twisted pavement of the Georgia Mtns and some FS roads, the tire performed great!
August 4, 2014
Not the most sticky tire in the class
I bought these tires for a trip from East TN to Yellowstone NP with an excursion to the Utah desert prior to returning home. I had heard that the stiff sidewall made them difficult to mount. I had no trouble mounting them on my Yamaha Super Tenere but, I did notice that the sidewalls are unusually stiff. These are also noticeably heavier then any MC tire that I have seen. The rear took about 3 ounces of weight to balance.
I headed for the Dragon to scrub them in. I found it easier to get the traction control light to activate then when running the stock Bridgestones or Anakee III's. They are obviously not the stickiest tire in this class of 90/10 dual sport tires. They do hold well all the way over to the edge as long as you are not cranking on the gas too hard.
I'm getting between 4-5k miles out of the Bridgestones or Anakee's and, I purchased these in hopes of getting higher mileage and also because they seem to be a tougher tire that will tolerate rocks that I may encounter in the UT desert. We shall see
May 12, 2014
awesome grip on an off road
Tried this tire for the first time and was heavily impressed. Not a pure dirt tie but does great for the little jobs an awesome on the street.
June 12, 2014
Really not impressed
Just finished my first 2600 mile week traveling Utah on my new K76. Rear tire has cracks in the body of the tire around the lugs. Almost looks as though it is starting to fail. It seems to be wearing normally but no something I will trust for more miles.
May 16, 2014