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Old 06-17-2009, 08:08 AM   #76
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what are the new tire tread depths???

front looks like 1/2 of rear.
Just a hair over 1/2" on the rear, and 5/16" up front.

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Old 06-20-2009, 06:53 PM   #77
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i started a 130-17" k60 thread.
some feedback is arriving.
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:30 PM   #78
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150 vs 140

I plan on putting these on my '05 Tiger. Have TKC's but looking for some longer tread life.

My question is

How will the 150's differ from the 140's

I understand that a 140 will lean easier. Will it also be better in the dirt? Should the tread life on a 150 be better?
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Old 06-23-2009, 04:25 PM   #79
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I plan on putting these on my '05 Tiger. Have TKC's but looking for some longer tread life.

My question is

How will the 150's differ from the 140's

I understand that a 140 will lean easier. Will it also be better in the dirt? Should the tread life on a 150 be better?
150 is a steel belted tire. plenty have sucessfuly run 140s on beast.
mileage is unkown.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:29 PM   #80
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This seemed like a perfect tire for me, so I spent some time trying to contact the distributer by e-mail. Eventually I went to their website, got a phone number, and called. I was told that they had sold out of fronts during the week I was e-mailing asking for one. frustrating, since I have a trip to Utah coming up soon & will now need to buy something else to tide me over. So: two questions:

Does anyone have a 90/90 21 K60 they aren't going to use soon and would be willing to sell? The distributer has rears . . .

Long shot, right . . . so:

Does anyone have a curent source for the Mitas E09? I haven't been able to Google up a source that actually has any. I know they aren't a great long-distance road tire, but they seem to be a cheap way to try knobs and last longer than TKCs
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Old 06-24-2009, 05:06 PM   #81
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This seemed like a perfect tire for me, so I spent some time trying to contact the distributer by e-mail. Eventually I went to their website, got a phone number, and called. I was told that they had sold out of fronts during the week I was e-mailing asking for one. frustrating, since I have a trip to Utah coming up soon & will now need to buy something else to tide me over. So: two questions:

Does anyone have a 90/90 21 K60 they aren't going to use soon and would be willing to sell? The distributer has rears . . .

Long shot, right . . . so:

Does anyone have a curent source for the Mitas E09? I haven't been able to Google up a source that actually has any. I know they aren't a great long-distance road tire, but they seem to be a cheap way to try knobs and last longer than TKCs
The front TKC will last the same as a Rear k60. My front TKC will last the length of 2 tkc rears which is about 6000km x 2= 12000km on a f800gs.

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Old 06-24-2009, 05:17 PM   #82
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6000km x 2= 1200km
I think you dropped a zero...
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:58 AM   #83
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Ok. so we have some fans but has anyone in North America bought this tire??????

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Old 07-06-2009, 10:20 PM   #84
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Sooo wood works how was your trip? and how are your tires holding up?
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:54 PM   #85
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Sooo wood works how was your trip? and how are your tires holding up?
I'm not quite done yet. But I did make it to Antelope Wells yesterday morning. I'll post a full evaluation of the tires once I get home. But bottom line: I've put about 4,000 miles on them so far, on all kinds of surfaces and at all sorts of speeds, and they've outperformed my expectations. Details (and pictures) in a couple of days. But I don't think this bike is ever going to see TKC-80s again.

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Old 07-08-2009, 06:29 AM   #86
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I'm not quite done yet. But I did make it to Antelope Wells yesterday morning. I'll post a full evaluation of the tires once I get home. But bottom line: I've put about 4,000 miles on them so far, on all kinds of surfaces and at all sorts of speeds, and they've outperformed my expectations. Details (and pictures) in a couple of days. But I don't think this bike is ever going to see TKC-80s again.

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just what i needed to here thanks! Now all i have to do is get some
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Old 07-09-2009, 09:16 AM   #87
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CDT Tire Report

I just got back from a trip from Oregon up to the Canadian border in Montana, down the Continental Divide Trail to New Mexico, and back. I had mounted the Heidenau K60s (140/80-17 rear, 90/90-21 front) about a week before I left. The ride was a total of 4846 miles, of which ~1800 was dirt/gravel/mud/sand, ~2300 was high speed Interstate highway, and the rest was two-lane, rural, paved roads or around town.

The tires performed magnificently. I ran them through just about every surface you can imagine, except snow and ice. (Though on the higher passes I could have done some of that too!) They never lost their grip, or gave me a scare, and I was thrashing them pretty hard. I was carrying a full load, with Caribou side panniers, a duffel bag, tent, sleeping bag, and once had two extra gallons of fuel in a Rotopax canister mounted on the rear rack. Temps ranged from 38°F to 105°F, and there were a couple of days of torrential downpours.

Before I started, they looked like this:



with about 1/2" tread on the rear, and 5/16" on the front.

When I returned, they looked like this:



with about 1/4" tread left on the rear, and 3/16" on the front.

That's after 5000 miles of hard riding with a heavy load!

Though I've never had TKC-80s on the F800GS, I did run them on my old R1100GS and VStrom, so I have some comparison. The Heidenaus were significantly more sticky (and quieter) on pavement, especially on wet pavement. On some of those mountain roads I was waaaaay over at high speeds, and never felt a twitch. I would say that there's no difference in their grip on gravel and dirt. About the only place where I think TKCs may have a very slight advantage is in sand and mud. And boy, did I hit some mud in New Mexico:



Though I seriously doubt that having TKC-80s there would have made any difference at all in my ability to make it through. That stuff was like wet bread dough, and quickly clogged the tires.

I am seriously pleased with these tires, and I expect that they will last as long as my original Battlewings did, if not longer. IMO they're the best compromise tire for this bike that I know of. You'll be able to go anywhere with confidence. And they won't break the bank or wear out too fast.

Two big thumbs up from me.

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Old 07-09-2009, 10:46 AM   #88
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I expect that they will last as long as my original Battlewings did, if not longer.
Sounds like you're getting great mileage from them and they performed well. I have to wonder at the quote, though, because I burned through my Battlewing front tire in 3600 miles. The rear had some tread, but the front was toast. Very unusual, fronts usually last about twice as long as a rear.
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:36 AM   #89
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Sounds like you're getting great mileage from them and they performed well. I have to wonder at the quote, though, because I burned through my Battlewing front tire in 3600 miles. The rear had some tread, but the front was toast. Very unusual, fronts usually last about twice as long as a rear.
How'd you manage that? I've got about 10,500 miles on my front Battlewing and haven't hit the wear bars yet (changed the rear at about 6k miles just before leaving on a trip, but that rear could have managed another 2k miles).

Is it possible your front brake was dragging or something?

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Old 07-09-2009, 12:27 PM   #90
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How'd you manage that? I've got about 10,500 miles on my front Battlewing and haven't hit the wear bars yet...
I ride kinda fast and usually with sport bikers. I live less than 90 minutes from two major race tracks (Infineon and Laguna Seca), although I don't ride track, many people I ride with do.
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