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Old 05-12-2010, 07:17 AM   #61
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For those of you in the Pacific Northwest, I was just at South Sound BMW (Fife, WA) and was told that they are going to start carrying the Heidenau K60 tires. I tried to find out when they'd have them and all I got was "soon."

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Old 05-12-2010, 07:31 AM   #62
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MTR Sports also carries the H60's and will be getting another shipment in soon but not the rear 150's. 150's sound as though they will not make it to the North American market until end of summer. We ordered 2 compete sets of H60's through MTR and Rob was great to deal with.
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:05 PM   #63
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A&S says they are "unavailable" and don't see them coming anytime soon.

Anyone have another place near SF / Reno that these could be ordered?
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:13 PM   #64
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Mine should be on my doorstep when I get home from work! Can't wait to toss my worn TKC80 and sport some new rubber.
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:35 PM   #65
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MotoAmore says end of June. A&S same.

Guess I'll get an Anakee 2
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Old 05-12-2010, 12:36 PM   #66
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A&S says they are "unavailable" and don't see them coming anytime soon.

Anyone have another place near SF / Reno that these could be ordered?
call Rob at MTR...he has a warehouse in Blaine Washington...


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Old 05-12-2010, 12:51 PM   #67
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call Rob at MTR...he has a warehouse in Blaine Washington...


1.866.547.0911

Just talked to him.. He has the fronts. All out of the rears.

So its an Anakee or a Shinko.
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Old 05-12-2010, 01:03 PM   #68
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Should have my 140/80-17 and 90/90-21 K60's by Friday.

Dealers are talking July now for the 150's.
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Old 05-12-2010, 01:06 PM   #69
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Should have my 140/80-17 and 90/90-21 K60's by Friday.

Dealers are talking July now for the 150's.

Perfect, right after I get back from Newfoundland and need some new rubber!

I'm planning on TKC front, K60 rear...
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Old 05-12-2010, 01:43 PM   #70
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I'm planning on TKC front, K60 rear...
That's what I'm currently planning as well. Anyone currently running this combo that can share their thoughts?
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:36 PM   #71
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Should have my 140/80-17 and 90/90-21 K60's by Friday.

Dealers are talking July now for the 150's.

Griz... where did you find them? Trying to find some but it's not been successful. If you wanted to PM me...
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:14 PM   #72
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ZMW just got a shipment in (front/rear) in the 140 size. Not sure if he has any left as most were spoken for, but it's worth a shot if you're looking.

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Old 05-12-2010, 04:33 PM   #73
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Yeah got mine at ZMW. They were all spoken for though. Sorry.

Contrary to the gossip (some of which I had prescribed to), Frank filled me in on the truth regarding the delays and low #'s from Heidenau in Germany. He heard this directly from Heidenau USA, who was told it from Heidenau in Germany. Due to EN standards, European tire manufacturers have been forced to cease use of a certain acid. This specific acid was used to speed up cooling/drying of the tire while the tire was in the molds, so that they could pull the tire out of the mold within 4-5 minutes. Heidenau being a small operation and facility, this helped immensly, so they could keep their production numbers up to meet demand. However, since all EU tire manufacturers have been forced to halt use of this acid, it now takes 45 minutes of wait time before the tire can be pulled from the mold. This has slowed Heidenau's production considerably, on top of the fact that they are a small outfit in the first place. Output from the Heidenau plant has been reduced from over 1,000 tires per day to around 100. This is an EU-wide thing. Expect the same delays from any other EU small-sized tire manufacturer. He went on to confirm that it has nothing to do with a change in rubber compound. They never changed the compound. The compound remains the same, 140 and 150 alike. The only reason the 150 is even harder to get is because there isn't as much of a demand for them worldwide as the 140's. And again, being they are a small operation and can only output very few tires per day, they've decided to meet the demand for the 140 first.

So there you have it.
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Old 05-12-2010, 07:07 PM   #74
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so that is the story....I bet they never guessed that their tire would be the talk of adventure forums!
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:12 PM   #75
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That's what I'm currently planning as well. Anyone currently running this combo that can share their thoughts?
Yes, I've changed to this combo 500km ago and so far, only used it commuting. My thoughts were posted earlier in this thread, but to summarise compared to Anakees:

-No noticed extra vibes
-Whining noise at higher speeds (>100km/h), probably from the front
-High speed stability doesn't seem affected up to 140km/h indicated, front becomes a little vague at 160km/h indicated
-Steering seems more stable straight ahead, a little slower to respond to minor input, but turn in is faster (must be a higher-camber profile) and there is a noticeable lean angle where you fall "between the knobs" on the K60 rear that seems a little weird at first, but you get used to it
-Dry bitumen grip is fine for urban use
-Only tried the combo in the wet once, when they were brand new, so was very apprehensive

I've not done any dirt on them yet, but my run into the work parking lot includes a 300m "shortcut" across some wet grass and sand, and this was always butt-puckering on the Anakees but feels fine on the new combo.

One thing I have noticed is the 21" front TKC has a very different tread pattern to smaller (19") sizes. The blocks are smaller, more numerous, and have a much smaller gap between them. There are no obvious "rows" of knobs as the centre and shoulder blocks are offset. It would therefore be a completely different ride to the 19" tyre, which actually seems more aggressive.
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