Heidenau K76 Rear Tire
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
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
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
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
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
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