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    Default Heidenau K 73 Tires

    So I finally got em installed....



    Rear tire...


    Front tire...


    First impressions are good. Took off out of my buddys shop and the bike feels solidly planted on gravel (let off at 50mph ) Then screwed around in a dirt/gravel lot and into a grassy field to get em dirty then did a few hot laps in a walmart parking lot to scrub em in. Rode 30 miles home in 30 degree weather and they felt good. A little odd in how they ride and turn in compared to the Shinko 005s I had on before but I could be imagining things and the shinkos were dead. The K73s feel very sticky, like scraping peg on a traffic circle in cold ass weather. Not expecting a lot of life out of em but they sure will be fun Will update this thread as I put more miles on the tires since nobody seems to run these. Front cost me $107 and the rear was $144. Got em from www.sporttour.com
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    Are these a 80/20 tire or rain street tire? Those things are sweet! Oh yeah what size are u running?
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    http://www.heidenau-tires.com/heiden...res/:#more-236

    They look like a rain, feel pretty soft, and the sidewall says super rain. So.... They might be rains?
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    Rains = awesome winter chuck Norris mode tire
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    Keep us posted OK? The rear looks like 800 miles and then cords.

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    Ill keep it updated. Have 85 miles on the tires now. Havnt really pushed em too hard since its been cold and they are still new. Ended up raining here and the roads were really slick. It was cold and hasnt rained in a while. I noticed cars around me sliding a little bit so I didnt push it. Front feels solid and planted, rear spins up with heavy throttle. Need to play with tire pressure. Sport tour doesnt advertise Heidenau on their website but I know they carry them, just have to call to order.
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    A guy I ride with has them on his FS570. They hook up pretty good. If they don't feel right, like theyre too stiff try breaking them in at ├╝berlow pressure for a bit.

    Just like you would do on a biasply superswamper tire for a crawler. Somewhere between 5-15 psi. Just let air out untill you can see it sag with you on it. Then ride kinda easy in a parking lot to get them to flex and that may help them loosen up. Prolly need 10-20 miles at very low psi for it to help.

    Oh, keep an eye on the tire temps right?

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    I liked mine in the cold street
    Went to the track and tore them up





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    assfaultjunkie what tires did you have? The pic you posted doesnt look like my K 73
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    Quote Originally Posted by assfaultjunkie View Post
    I liked mine in the cold street
    Went to the track and tore them up
    that's a race grade rain tyre you have there, should be a michelin according to the thread pattern.

    on the street you might get away with using one but mix that tyre with a dry track and you're asking for trouble, and a new tyre... they don't call it a rain tyre for nothin, use them on a dry track and they'll overheat.


    that heidenau isn't an actual rain tyre, it has a street type rubber compound mixed with a rain tyre style thread pattern.

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    Mine was just the rain
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meeners View Post
    Rains = awesome winter chuck Norris mode tire
    chuck norris rides on the rims, and will still kick your ass around any racetrack, with out his engine ever running, he will pass you in flintstone mode

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    Are you running a 160 on 4.5" rim for the rear on your DRZ?

    Not seeing a 150 width for those yet.

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    Yes I have a 07 DRZ400SM with the stock 4.5" rear rim. The K73 is a 160/60. As of yet I havnt noticed any problems with it (chain clearance or handling). My last tire was a Shinko 005 in 160/60 and I didnt notice any weird handling problems with it compared to the 150/60 I had on before that. So far I still like em after 150 miles with the last 60miles being wet/rainy
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    Cool thx. My Husky rim is 4.5" as well.

    I've been looking for a rain tire that lasts longer or at least costs less than the MT60's. At $500 a set it really sucks to get less than 800 miles out of the rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana44 View Post
    Cool thx. My Husky rim is 4.5" as well.

    I've been looking for a rain tire that lasts longer or at least costs less than the MT60's. At $500 a set it really sucks to get less than 800 miles out of the rear.
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    Seattle, but yeah; close. Way too friggin expensive to keep replacing every few months thats for damn sure. Looking forward to trying these Hyundai-Heinekin 73 whatever tires out.
    Perelli MT60's typically run $200 to $240 per tire plus, tax, shipping, mount and balance,and new tubes. Adds up quick so I've run them till the damn cords start flappin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuzzyBock View Post
    So I finally got em installed....



    Rear tire...


    Front tire...


    First impressions are good. Took off out of my buddys shop and the bike feels solidly planted on gravel (let off at 50mph ) Then screwed around in a dirt/gravel lot and into a grassy field to get em dirty then did a few hot laps in a walmart parking lot to scrub em in. Rode 30 miles home in 30 degree weather and they felt good. A little odd in how they ride and turn in compared to the Shinko 005s I had on before but I could be imagining things and the shinkos were dead. The K73s feel very sticky, like scraping peg on a traffic circle in cold ass weather. Not expecting a lot of life out of em but they sure will be fun Will update this thread as I put more miles on the tires since nobody seems to run these. Front cost me $107 and the rear was $144. Got em from www.sporttour.com
    i heard the shinkos suck so you probably arent really comparing them to a sticky tire, let us know what you think after riding them a while, there are a couple of tire threads all ready going post your findings there too. rm

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    For the price paid the Shinkos where not a bad tire. You just can not compare them to a high end quality tire like a distanzia or Conti or similar. Apples to oranges comparison. For average riding in summer temps I was content with the shinko 005s but once it got cold and wet they just didnt work. So far the K73s are getting it done nicely and the price is right
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    Quote Originally Posted by ratman View Post
    chuck norris rides on the rims, and will still kick your ass around any racetrack, with out his engine ever running, he will pass you in flintstone mode
    Tou-MF-Che!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratman View Post
    chuck norris rides on the rims, and will still kick your ass around any racetrack, with out his engine ever running, he will pass you in flintstone mode
    All hail Chuck on the rim.... Norris is the Firestarter!!

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    Put some more miles on these tires and I still like them. They suck in mud See here... http://contour.com/videos/watch/zabrow-and-fuzzy-crash In areas with out slick mud I feel like they grip pretty good.... http://contour.com/videos/watch/xmas-hooligan-ride I have some more offroad footage I still need to sort through and edit. Hopefully I will have time this week to get to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FuzzyBock View Post
    Put some more miles on these tires and I still like them. They suck in mud See here... http://contour.com/videos/watch/zabrow-and-fuzzy-crash In areas with out slick mud I feel like they grip pretty good.... http://contour.com/videos/watch/xmas-hooligan-ride I have some more offroad footage I still need to sort through and edit. Hopefully I will have time this week to get to that.
    i agree on the mud part. I have about 800 miles on mine now. the tread gets clogged with mud and then its like slicks on ice until i go through a bit of grass.
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    What about snow! Lol... I'm sittin looking at my moot in the garage and I think I wanna test out my rig tomorrow.
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    Subscribed, watching and waiting for further reports.
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    ***UPDATE***

    So I have 500 miles on the tires to date. Still love em! Best tire I have put on my Dizzer in its 20,000 mile life Grip well in the wet and handle snowy roads good enough to get by but I wouldnt wanna go very far.

    O yea heres a vid riding up a snowy set of stairs http://contour.com/videos/watch/some-snow
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    Some video from the past few weeks from riding around in the snow, wet, cold, some gravel, general hooliganism

    Enjoy http://www.contour.com/videos/watch/winter-ride
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    Default That was sweet as hell!

    I really gotta get out for a ride.
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    Well the rear tire is finally dead but it went out in style.....



    Will post up details on mileage and pics of the tire tomorrow.
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    Gotta love anything that goes out with a .
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    I had them on my 2005 MZ125SM as they came as the stock tyre. I LOVED them! here's my report,

    They are AWESOME in the rain, and on the dry streets, they are awesome in the dirt, and good to great in the mud, On the little 125 they were fine on the track but I would not run them as a race tyre unless I had many sets and the track conditions called for them IE wet). I replaced them with the GREAT AVon Distanzias, but felt the Heidenaus were as good almost everywhere but felt lighter. Maybe this was because the Heids stock were a 100 130 and I went to a 110 140 on the MZ so bigger is always heavier. BUT, I would and probably will buy these again for the Project XR400R SM since they are such a brilliant tyre for general riding and glorious in the wet and dirt. PLUS they LOOK super bitchin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniper X View Post
    I had them on my 2005 MZ125SM as they came as the stock tyre. I LOVED them! here's my report,

    They are AWESOME in the rain, and on the dry streets, they are awesome in the dirt, and good to great in the mud, On the little 125 they were fine on the track but I would not run them as a race tyre unless I had many sets and the track conditions called for them IE wet). I replaced them with the GREAT AVon Distanzias, but felt the Heidenaus were as good almost everywhere but felt lighter. Maybe this was because the Heids stock were a 100 130 and I went to a 110 140 on the MZ so bigger is always heavier. BUT, I would and probably will buy these again for the Project XR400R SM since they are such a brilliant tyre for general riding and glorious in the wet and dirt. PLUS they LOOK super bitchin!
    What kind of mileage did you get out of the Heidenaus compared to the Distanzias?
    Distanzias are a heavy tire (there is a post some where with the actual weight).

    Edit:
    Found the thread.
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    REAR AVON DISTANZIA 150/60HR-17 16.2 lbs
    REAR CONTI SM 150/60HR-17 12.1 lbs

    FRONT AVON DISTNAZIA 120/70-17 10 lbs
    FRONT CONTI SM 120/70-17 9.2

    Maybe someone can weigh a set of Heidenaus and let us know.
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    OK so I finally got around to writing this...

    Fine mileage on rear tire.... 2800 miles.

    Overall thoughts... GREAT!

    Would I buy them again? Yes I would.

    I might have made 3000 miles but doing this was too much fun... http://gifninja.com/animated-gifs/66...its-bike-night

    These tires are perfect if you ride in wet, cool/cold weather including snow I do not recommend these tires for kart track racing (at least the rear) or for aggressive summer (warm weather) riding. The small tread blocks really wiggled around when pushed hard and it could be a little unsettling if you arent used to the bike moving around. I have a strong dirt background so a little wiggle never really bothered me and the tires were always predictable on when they were going to let go. Letting the rear hang out on an exit of a corner is very easy with the throttle and not once did it feel scary. On hot dry pavement these tires squeal and make a lot of noise. The front really starts barking when hard on the brakes when doing a panic stop or rolling stoppies. Kinda funny to watch people freak out when they hear the tires squealing. I wasnt a huge fan of the noise but they never slipped out from under me and you knew when you were pushing the limits. The past 1000 miles or so the rear doesnt want to hook up in wet weather when on the throttle but sticks fine in the corners. I think these tires are better than distanzias offroad and in cold wet weather. The Heidenaus make for a great winter season tire but I still think the distanzias are better on road during the warm summer riding season. Still TBD what my next tires will be, thinking Pilot road 3s but I may toss on the distanzia I have in my basement to get through the summer and get a K73 for this winter.
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    I got the same mileage out of a rear Distanzia SM compound tire as I did the K73. The K73 sticks better in cold wet where as the distanzia sticks better in the warm.

    O ya heres the smiley vid https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151527259928811
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    Quote Originally Posted by SumoPsycho View Post
    What kind of mileage did you get out of the Heidenaus compared to the Distanzias?
    Distanzias are a heavy tire (there is a post some where with the actual weight).

    Edit:
    Found the thread.
    http://www.supermotojunkie.com/showt...stanzia+weight

    REAR AVON DISTANZIA 150/60HR-17 16.2 lbs
    REAR CONTI SM 150/60HR-17 12.1 lbs

    FRONT AVON DISTNAZIA 120/70-17 10 lbs
    FRONT CONTI SM 120/70-17 9.2

    Maybe someone can weigh a set of Heidenaus and let us know.
    Well, when I swapped in the Distanzia to my MZ125SM, where you FEEL every bit if every pound, I remember when I went to put the wheels back on with the distanzias on them I remember thinking Man, these are heavy! Sure they were a 120 150 instead of a 110 140 and I think the Heidenaus are a lighter tyre anyway inthe same sizes. I might do Heidenaus first on the SM XR400R just because where I live and ride, they are about the perfect tyre and the distanzia is way more expensive. And heavier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FuzzyBock View Post
    I got the same mileage out of a rear Distanzia SM compound tire as I did the K73. The K73 sticks better in cold wet where as the distanzia sticks better in the warm.

    O ya heres the smiley vid https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151527259928811
    MAN BROTHA! You got lucky in that video TWICE! First when that car freaked he could have freaked more and slid into you, and second when Johnny Law cruised by!
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    Actually there were 3 squad cars that drove past Didnt see the last squad car in the vid As for the dick that hit the brakes hard, I saw him coming fast and wasnt going to move out into the road. Had he locked em up, he would have slid over the double yellow away from me. Seen it happen a few times on that road, always very careful and look twice before leaving
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    Thanks for the reviews on the Heidenaus.
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    So.... To bring this thread back from the dead. I kinda kept riding on that tire, I mean cords hadnt appeared yet so the tire is still good....

    So here it is.... End of tire.



    Total mileage from new to cords was 3,650 MILES! Rode mostly street in the city, hooligan riding, avoided highway but still on it getting around the city,2 cart track days, 2 smiley faces, and more rolling burnouts than I can count. I will say the tire was pretty much shit from about 2600 ish or so miles when the lugs disappeared, although it still gripped better than the shinkos I had on it before.
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