Heidenau K76 Front Tire
You'll love them or hate them.
Just before I put the K76s on, I asked the woman at the garage what people thought of Heidenaus. She said people either love them or hate them.
I've just come off Anakee IIIs. Thought I'd try something different. I ride predominantly on the road, occasionally on fire roads. The K76s are described as an 80/20 tire, but I find they vibrate a lot, and they don't inspire a feeling of security. When I lean the bike over, it seems to settle into a groove, and doesn't want to lean back up.
I expected a slightly different feel, but not as dramatic as that. The difference was very stark.
So I find myself in the camp that hates Heidenau. I can't wait to take them off.
May 2, 2016
good tire but did not get nearly the mileage i had hoped--under 7000 miles on a 650gs
August 1, 2015
Good Looking Tire
Just installed a pair of these Heidenau K76 tires on my 2005 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom. Have only ridden a hundred miles or so since. The rubber nubs are still hanging off all surfaces. I purchased and installed these because all of the radials I've use over 43K miles have worn horribly on this bike. Severe cupping was always the problem. These new Heidenau tires look good. They look more aggressive than anything else I've used. They are the roughest feeling, noisiest tires I've ever tried. At low speed I can feel every block and grove. Seem better once the speed increases. I'll live with the coarseness to see if they wear better than the redials.
July 1, 2015
First of all I found reviews by RevZilla on many tires. decided on the Heidenau Great buy and a better tire! Second RevZilla was unbelievable in terms of a timely delivery,
Love it all.
April 27, 2015
Good tire honeymoon
It's a little too early to really give a tire review. But, I've got the new tire scratched-in, so here's a go.
I'm a daily commuter rider, in all weather. I find a few miles of gravel on my daily ride, so, I wanted some traction more than street tires. I have put about 4,000 miles on the K76 rear tire, and that success led me to try the K76 on the front. I also ride year-round so needed all-weather grippy. The H rating is not a drawback, and, if it's like the rear, should wear evenly and get long miles.
Handling has been very good. Good pavement behavior, but you still can tell that the tire is a block tread, not a street tire. Mild vibration, no tread noise noted at speed. Handling and feedback are very good - for a "dual" tire. Once you leave the good pavement, the tire comes into its own. Steady, traction, capable, and nice are words that come to mind. Add to that the uncanny Heidenau craftsmanship and long-wearing compound, and I think I've got a winner.
April 6, 2015
True to reputation
Over 4,000 miles and not maybe half-way on this tire tread life (2012 V-Strom DL650). I'm getting nice even wear, and it made it through winter with good traction in a variety of temps, road, and weather conditions. Tread clears muck, rocks and slush snow well. (and that's just on my driveway for starters). And a few saves in the "oops" situations where other tires might not have gotten traction back.
Feel and performance are all good. A true multi-surface tire. Needed about 1/4 oz tire weights more than previous tires to balance, but it's got plenty of tread meat - so that's acceptable.
April 6, 2015
Love this tire
I purchased this tire last year for my KLR650 and can not find a negative thing to say about it. The tire currently has 8100 miles and at the moment i'm 1500 miles from home with no worries. On road it handles as well as any tire I have tried and i'm guessing I have ridden well over 1k miles in the rain and it has done great. I have also been on fire road that have conditions from hard pack, loose gravel and sand. I am not a fan of loose gravel but I can not blame the tire lol. I am including a very poor picture but the tire is still showing little wear and has tons of life left.
April 4, 2015
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