Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Port Coquitlam, BC
Heidenau K73 SuperMoto tire review
My local dealer (2nd Gear MotoSports in New Westminster) has these tires (Heidenau K73 SuperMoto) in stock and they immediately caught my eye as they are very aggressive looking. After talking with the owner and the mechanic, I decided to put them on my 2008 Versys. I was never fond of the stock tires and didn't trust the rear at all. Weird profile/feel.
I have had these tires for about one month and so far am loving them. They are stock sizes 120/70X17 and 160/60X17 and have a very rounded profile. They are very light feeling and the bike leans very consistently and smoothly. The tires are a little knobby feeling at very low speeds but that disappears when you get going a bit faster. The weather here in Vancouver is cool and wet and this is where I think these tires will excel. I have been in a few nasty rain rides the last month and the bike feels great. Stable and good traction. Great progressive feel when leaning over and confidence inspiring.
I am told I should get good mileage out of them, but am not sure does that mean 7000km or 15000km. With the weather being so cool, I expect pretty good mileage. Not sure about when the weather is hot, but I will probably require new tires by then.
These tires have more rubber whiskers from the mold than I have ever seen on any other tire. I spent a fair amount of time with a razor blade cutting some off, but there must be 1000 per tire. Looks kinda scruffy! I haven't even tackled the front tire yet.
So far, two thumbs up!