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.
Location: Kelowna, BC - summer; Florence, AZ - winter
Originally Posted by kvman50
...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....
I'd love to ride them off... don't know if you guys realize it's winter, cold, wet, etc. The lean angles just aren't as good in the winter. I think I paid about $370 Canadian including mounting, balancing, taxes, environmental levy, etc. They did all the work... I just dropped the bike off.
I think the front should last 10000km, the rear about 5000km if mild to cold weather.
And for canadian customers I bought mine here: http://www.petes-superbike.com/engli...uper-moto.html
It's the only place I found that sold them, and price was quite decent. If I remember well, I think with shipping the set was about 320-340$...
Went for a ride today...as you can see winter is around the corner here too hehe
These Heidenau K73 tires are just so awesome, even had fun on snow covered frozen dirt...
Now these aren't studded tires and I wouldn't speed in icy twisties...but in the snow you can have a lot of fun!! And they are very confidence-inspiring on the road even when you hit a bit of snow, dirt, salt, water...There's no way my bike would have stayed up all day had I kept the stock tires on.
put a pair on my versys and it steers terribly slow and seems to drift the front out of corners on acceleration. Any one else have this issue? Remedy?
Are you sure pressure is normal? These are the fastest turning tires I have ever tried on any bike. I remember the first time I rode off with these on I almost dropped the bike on the side in the first turn as I wasnt expecting it to lean so easily! On top of that they have excellent grip on pretty much any surface. So if you feel they are slow turning or drifting, either you're tire pressure is way too low, or there's something else wrong...
Did you have your forks adjusted at the same time as your tires changed, if so then yes it can affect handling noticeably...
Cause really these tires on my 2011 versys makes it handle like a bicycle, I'd say handling is about 30% lighter then with stock tires. The only time I felt the symptoms you described my air pressure was low (on my MT-01) and the middle of the tire was cuping, though it would not fall into corners, I would have to push hard to lean and it would always try to stand back up and go in a straight line.
Your tires look exactly like these right?
And what tires did you have right before putting the K73s on?
It's in the cold shed (winter almost over here) so my pressure wouldnt be a reference, but they put the recommended tire pressure when they installed them. If tire pressure was low to the point of explaining the poor handling I think it would be visible to the eye or my touch. But maybe just go back to where you had them installed, cause really what you are experiencing, certainly isnt normal with these tires and this bike.