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Old 07-07-2011, 08:13 PM   #226
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Here's my front TKC after 9k.

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Kinda looks like my teeth.

And the rear...T63 after 3500. Both were mostly hwy.





So, now to try the Shinko 244. I've heard good things about these tires from KLR guys, so hoping a few more pounds wont bother them much.



A bit skimpy in comparison to other knobbies I've run. $74 a set!!!



Put 60 miles on them today, twisty 2 lane, no hwy yet. I felt very secure and not at all squirmy hitting 65.

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Old 07-08-2011, 06:35 AM   #227
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that's odd. you're getting twice the mileage out of a tkc front and half the mileage out of a t63 rear. are you riding backwards or something?



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Here's my front TKC after 9k.





Kinda looks like my teeth.

And the rear...T63 after 3500. Both were mostly hwy.




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Old 07-08-2011, 07:15 AM   #228
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I tried the Kenda K270s. They look similar to the Shinko 244 but the edge knobs are much smaller. They were scary scary tires (to me) on the road. The bike felt hinged and wobbled like a SOB.


Those Shinkos look better. Especially the front being a round profile. The front of the Kenda K270s is square.. very weird front tire.

I am on a set of Heidenau K60s now.. not as knobbie, but they handle great!! Quite cheap too.. not Kenda cheap, but around $200 for the pair.. so reasonable.


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So, now to try the Shinko 244. I've heard good things about these tires from KLR guys, so hoping a few more pounds wont bother them much.

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Old 07-08-2011, 08:01 AM   #229
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I am on a set of Heidenau K60s now.. not as knobbie, but they handle great!! Quite cheap too.. not Kenda cheap, but around $200 for the pair.. so reasonable.
Keep us posted on those Heidenau K60's, Gary. If they'll outlast TKC's they might be the way to go for airheads.

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Old 07-08-2011, 10:42 AM   #230
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that's odd. you're getting twice the mileage out of a tkc front and half the mileage out of a t63 rear. are you riding backwards or something?
I do have a rather odd riding style I hated that T63, I never felt confident with it on anything but dirt. It stepped out on me numerous times, and I was never stable over 60mph.
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Old 07-09-2011, 04:26 PM   #231
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Heidenau K60

90/90 -21 front
120/80-18 rear

they look a bit skinny..but they mounted up very easily.

took them out for a nice ride today.


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they handle very nice on and off pavement. No wallows, weaves, shakes or shimmies.. Me like.
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Old 07-09-2011, 04:43 PM   #232
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I tried the Kenda K270s. They look similar to the Shinko 244 but the edge knobs are much smaller. They were scary scary tires (to me) on the road. The bike felt hinged and wobbled like a SOB.
I'll give a hearty +1 to that and to what Lornce said. These things are terrifying leaned over. In a straight line I didn't have any problems. They didn't twitch like the t63s though I was able to induce a slow weave if I shook my butt in the seat.

I hit some trails, no mud, but they handled well in the loose dirt I was on. I intentionally rode across the side of a slope to see if they'd slide sideways but they held.

I rode up to NC and rode down a twisty section of road that I've been down a million times. Going my usual speed I almost lost it twice. Scared the crap out of me. At a certain angle the tires just let go.

I'll never buy them again. It's not a matter of preference, it's a matter of safety. Putts described it as 'riding on gummie bears.' If I'm going to be riding on gummie bears it'll be as they flee from my beastly motorcycle while I crush their tiny gummie village beneath my TKCs.

Where'd you get the Heidenaus from, Gary? I'd like to add a link to a supplier on the first page but none of the big companies I've found carry them.
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:50 PM   #233
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90/90 -21 front
120/80-18 rear

they look a bit skinny..but they mounted up very easily.

took them out for a nice ride today.


Front:


Rear:


they handle very nice on and off pavement. No wallows, weaves, shakes or shimmies.. Me like.
Rode a friend's Heidenau-equipped GSPD recently. Nice ride quality, excellent grip and good turn-in response all inspired confidence on pavement. Didn't get a chance to try them off-road.

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Old 07-12-2011, 09:17 AM   #234
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Heidenau's in Tucson at ZMW

Just received this quote for my airhead -83 R100RT full panny's and fat slob on top -

what is the guestimated mileage for these tires at 80on/20 off road on my fat pig of a bike.....I'm wondering if it's worthwhile mileage vs wear divided by cost to get these despite the fact that they are reported to be great handling skins ???

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120/90/18 k60 rear $114.00
100/90/19 k60 front $ 100.00

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Old 07-12-2011, 10:12 AM   #235
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Who uses a trials tire on rear and knobby on front?
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:49 PM   #236
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Who uses a trials tire on rear and knobby on front?
I do it.

Works great on slippery rocks and doesn't chew out the creek banks like a knobby.
OK on managent trails but not as much fun on fast fire roads or wet clay.

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Old 07-13-2011, 11:11 PM   #237
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Scary Gary says he got the Heidenaus at a local shop in Ontario:

http://dualsportplus.com/tires.html

$175 CAD / $182 USD

That takes it out of the expensive range. No more big red dollar.
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:15 PM   #238
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I'm on the k60 with my r90 currently. Only have about 500 miles on them but I'm about to put 4500 on them in the next couple weeks. So far they're great! They lean into curves a bit easier than I'm used to.

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Old 08-23-2011, 02:44 PM   #239
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Just to make certain...

For the g/s then would be:

Shinko 244 Dual Sport Rear Tire - 4.60-18/--
Shinko 244 Dual Sport Front Tire - 3.00-21/--

Checked Amazon.. seriously cheap if that's right... and me with a new Distanzia on the back
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