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Old 08-15-2012, 09:15 PM   #14056
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No, I have a track bike with slicks for that. I live in a place where there are no straight roads. I tend to ride at a spirited pace. We all do here. We moved here for the riding. It is not unusual for the bikes to slide through turns, both the front and rear. The point is the Heidi's hold up a lot better. I mean a lot better. My numbers are real. The front k60 sucks on and off road in my opinion. It may be great for others.. I have read all the threads about tires and was reluctant to buy the K60's. My feeling was anything getting that kind of milage must be a real hard compound and provide no traction. I was wrong.

I'm not saying I'm some kind of AMA superbike champion, just that I ride a lot and at a pace that tests tires on very twisty roads. I am not the only one here who does not get the life out of a tire that others do.
For the record the bike has less then 6000 miles on it. I bought it with 700 miles on it. The stock tires were shot. Mounted TKC 80's front and rear. rear went 700 miles. Bought another, another 700 miles. Bought a Metzler Karoo, rode it about 500 I think it will go another 5 or 600, took and the TKC 80 off the front for this Colorado trip. I guessed I'd ride about 3000. Came in just shy of that. I have the take off's in my truck as I write this. The front is gone from breaking, unless you would turn it around and run it the other direction. I won't. I think the contact patch would suffer and grip in turns would be significantly effected. K60's on there now lookin' good so far.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:19 AM   #14057
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I am preparing for a 4,000 mile ride from VA to ME and back. I am spooning on a Heidenau K60 Scout 170-70 rear, and I have a choice for the front between a Heidenau K60 Scout or a Mefo Explorer. I have both front tires on hand. Our route will be gravel and asphalt mostly. Anyone run these fronts and have a recommendation?

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I've used the K60 front and thought it was OK but now have a Mefo on the front and it's as good as the K60 on the slab but slightly better in the dirt due to, I think, having smaller tread blocks.
One thing I did find with the Mefo was that it felt unstable on the road at speed (70+) when run at low (20~25psi) pressure. The Mefo has a very soft carcass compared to the K60. I now run it at 36psi on the roads and all is good again. It took ages to wear off the molding frilly bits which might have had something to do with its instability but I haven't run it at low pressure at speed since. The Mefo does seem to be wearing well. i.e. not wearing fast.
I'd go with the Mefo on your trip. It will last the distance and will be slightly better on the dirt bits but you'll have keep the speed down on the slab unless you inflate it upwards.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:22 AM   #14058
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Ordered the Triumph mud guard extension through MADSS and was told Triumph is no longer offering it due to a design flaw. Anyone else heard this? I would go for the Touratech one but I don't want their name plastered on the back of my bike. Ay other options?
I'm with everyone else.......make your own. It's so simple to use the number plate screws...
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:04 AM   #14059
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Ermagerd, the dreaded tyre virus has (re)infected this thread!

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Old 08-16-2012, 04:15 AM   #14060
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Thanks for the tire discussion. I will install the Mefo for my trip and probably install the Heidenau on my XR650L.

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Old 08-16-2012, 04:49 AM   #14061
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1952 Vincent Black Lightning. The beautiful girl in the previous picture, turned me on to it. Great song.

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Enjoy!
Here's the version I was thinking of...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW-w0KgE-8s

BTW, I am going to Hermy's in Port Clinton, PA to test ride a Tiger! Just to keep things on topic
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:48 AM   #14062
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Here's the version I was thinking of...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW-w0KgE-8s

BTW, I am going to Hermy's in Port Clinton, PA to test ride a Tiger! Just to keep things on topic
I think I've come across that before. Very nice.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:07 AM   #14063
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So you made me take my bike apart to see how good I really did getting the bushing greased
That was my plan all along.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:39 AM   #14064
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I paid a lot for my Heidenau K60 Scout four months ago from the only place that had them. Now I see they are at BikeBandit for a much more reasonable price.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:42 AM   #14065
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:14 AM   #14066
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I'm not saying I'm some kind of AMA superbike champion, just that I ride a lot and at a pace that tests tires on very twisty roads. I am not the only one here who does not get the life out of a tire that others do.
This guy lives in NC, a riding heaven that shreds tires like no other, especially for spirited riders - combination of so many corners and rough road surfaces. My group used to do an annual 3k round trip down there, incl. 800 miles of slab between CT and the BRP and it was very rare to be able to make the round trip on the same set of tires - and mostly from new PR2 and Z6 sport-touring tires. We normally get about 4.5-5k up North... twice the number of corners, half the mileage.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:26 AM   #14067
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This guy lives in NC, a riding heaven that shreds tires like no other, especially for spirited riders - combination of so many corners and rough road surfaces.
Interesting. I ride in North Georgia and Western N.C. and I usually get half of what most people report for tire usage. I just figured y'all were a bunch of liars.
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:39 AM   #14068
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For more front grip on dirt but still really good on road, look at Michelin T63. The tkc's are too soft for my tastes - I want to be able to run a tire at 22-23lbs on the dirt. You do that with a tkc and you get bent rims.

Anything but a full knobby on the front of a heavy bike is going to washout off pavement. The secret is coming up with a compromise that fits your target terrain.
+1 Really pleased with the grip, performance, and mileage out of the front T63. 4200 miles out of a front knob is a record high for me.
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:52 AM   #14069
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:15 PM   #14070
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Arrow can + HT Rack

Anyone else tried to put the HT Rack on a bike with the Arrow can?

It's- ah, close. Closer, I think, than HT intended, from talking with them. Both the midpipe and front of the cannister / heat shield are different.
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