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Old 06-23-2012, 08:42 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by MountainMark View Post
Put brand new K60's on my 800 a few weeks ago and then rode a 7 day road trip around colorado to Santa Fe the long way. 85% street 15% dirt. My impression is that there was an unstable feeling at certain speeds and in the grooved roads for sure. At speeds over 90-95 (raced home for a forest fire) I think they had a bit of an unstable feeling. Other than that I think it was the tread pattern. I got used to it. I still think its a good tire, and will put them on the new bike (old bike melted down in forest fire).
I'm sorry to hear about your loss to the fire, I hope everyone is OK. Please let us Inmates know if we can help.

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Old 07-16-2012, 08:10 AM   #17
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I was think about yesterday's ride this morning, and I realized something. I am not noticing the vibrations when slowing down anymore. It has to be tread pattern related. I have 2400 miles on the tires now. All the sharp edges when new must be worn off now.

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Old 07-16-2012, 04:12 PM   #18
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looks like you lost quite a few bikes in the fire. Sorry to hear. Hope all was covered by insurance and you will able to replace them soon.

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Old 07-17-2012, 11:31 AM   #19
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I had the same issue on K60 on rear and T63 front. At 1st I thought it was the un-even pattern on the T63. I just fitted a new T63 font and E07 rear, and I have checked if I could pick this 25-40 mph vibe up again, but not this time. Just glad to hear others have experienced the same on the K60. So, to me, I think it would be from the K60 rear, resonating to the font. Don't know if it is plausible though, but seems like it.

On a side note, the 1st K60 rear was rather off centre as well. Did not bother me at 1st, until a cager stopped me and said I must have a look at my rear tyre, it wobbles rather a lot. Well, the local supplier changed it out for me.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:35 PM   #20
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I noticed the vibration also when I switched from the stock pirellis to the k60s. it was most noticeable around 20mph. A little more so when decelerating. Gone by 30 mph.

1K later I don't notice it anymore. I assumed it was a normal consequence of switching from street tires to a DS tire.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:11 AM   #21
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I think the vibrations came from bended front whell
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:42 PM   #22
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I have an '09 R1200GS with TKC-80's front and rear. I use no wheel weights and use RideOn instead. Seems to balance just fine. My rear TKC-80 is just about done and I will replace it with a Heidenau K60 150 and use RideOn again. Once I get some miles on the tires, I'll post again.
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:03 PM   #23
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I had the front and rear installed on my F800GS at the NoMar booth in Sedalia. Steve told me I'd notice a different feel and some more noise compared to the Anakees I took off.
Noticed it at slow speed in the front and seems a bit noisier but there is a lot of tread there. After 650 miles less noise and they "feel" great. That grooved road business is a bit unnerving but stll better than the TKC 80s.
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:41 AM   #24
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I had the front and rear installed on my F800GS at the NoMar booth in Sedalia. Steve told me I'd notice a different feel and some more noise compared to the Anakees I took off.
Noticed it at slow speed in the front and seems a bit noisier but there is a lot of tread there. After 650 miles less noise and they "feel" great. That grooved road business is a bit unnerving but stll better than the TKC 80s.
balanced mine with a No Mar balance stand after changing out tire by hand. took all original weight off before starting.

perhaps I got lucky, K60 front tire was almost perfectly balanced without any weight. K60 rear tire took minimal weight to balance, compared to new Shinko 705's that was removed.

was a bumpy ride for about 500 miles, then smoothed out nicely.
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:15 PM   #25
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i have k60 scouts on my gs 1100 and love them . this is the second set 11,000 miles on the first set
probably rode about 3,000 miles on dirt and they are about 15% less sure footed than the TCK 80's
in the loose, soft , stuff . tire pressure for me is 32 psi front and rear hot ,even two up.
i have run them as low as 26 in all dirt when im on a trail for 5-8 hours
when they are mounted it is important to use plenty of soap or gooo so the bead seats well
i have been in down pour rain at 100 mph and the bike is steady as a rock
leaned over so far as to drag my foot off the pegs plenty of times , carving or in the dirt , i love these tires
iv'e convinced my friends to run them as well and they love them too
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:51 AM   #26
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I just had a new K60 rear installed/balanced and left a TKC80 with 4k miles on the front. I get a vibration similar to what many people are reporting, coming from the rear at approx 10-15 mph. Guys at the shop said the rear balanced perfectly, so I am guessing it is the tread. Since most people report it either goes away or they get used to it after a while, and it doesn't seem to impact performance, I guess I won't worry about it...
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:46 AM   #27
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Same problem here

I had new Scouts installed by the dealer on my F800GS last week and have the same vibration problem. This is my second set and I never had this problem before. When I got home I pulled the wheels and put them on my spin balancer to check the balance and run out, they checked out ok. I noticed the dealer set the back at 36PSI which is higher than I ran my last tires. We've been getting record rain around here the last few days so when I get a chance I'm going to lower the pressure to 30 or 32 and see if that makes a difference.

I switched to Heidenau tires after years of running TKC80's I like the TKCs but they do wear fast. The Scouts certainly last longer and hook up pretty good offroad but can be a little slick in the mud. I like the earlier suggestion of a TKC80 on the front, I might try that sometime.

I'm leaving in 6 weeks for South America on these tires, I'll be starting a ride report soon.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:26 PM   #28
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Same exact problem with Shinko 705's

I've run Michelon Anakee's and Continental TKC 80's on my bike with no issues whatsoever. Recently though I put a set of Shinko 705's on and I'm experiencing the same problem you describe here with the Heidanau's. The vibration occurs at 20 mph and is very consistent.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:30 PM   #29
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Running the old style K60 on the back and a TKC 80 on front with no problems. The front K60 never would settle down on vibration and felt loose off road. No complaints with the TKC 80 on front.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:42 PM   #30
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800mi on my k60s on my klr and no vibs, smooth on pavement, love the rear, front could be improved in the loose stuff.
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