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Heidenau Tires

Heidenau tires are manufactured in Germany and although they have only recently entered the US market, Heidenau has a long history and an extensive catalog of motorcycle tires. The US importer is increasing the variety of models and sizes they stock as market demand warrants. We mostly decided to carry this brand based on their well established reputation amongst Adventure motorcyclists in other countries, including Australia, Great Britain and South Africa. We suspect they are similarly regarded in other countries as well, but the rider reviews from these three are in English - so those are the ones we are familiar with. Our only problem with Heidenau to date is that the US distributor is having trouble keeping up with demand for the more popular models and sizes. We, and they, may be out of stock for the one you need when you call, but we have a system in place to track your inquiry and to contact you as soon as the tire you want becomes available. Listed below are the four models we have direct experience with but we believe that Heidenau generally make very good tires and wouldn’t hesitate to try something else from their collection. If you have some other application, lets us know and we will see what we can find out for you.

Contact Harry at (970) 533-7005 for more information.

 

 

Heidenau K60 for Adventure or Dual Sport. One characteristic about the Heidenaus we know we liked, even before we tried them, is the tread pattern. The blocks are laid out in a chevron or herringbone pattern. Similar to full knobby designs, the most aggressive dual sport tires, like the TKC 80, typically alternates rows of tread blocks with wide rows of open space. This allows the tire to get a very good grip in loose soil but on pavement you typically get a rough and noisy ride because rubber contact with the road is interrupted by the open spaces. The wide open spaces also means there may not be much rubber in contact with the road so traction is dicier, especially in wet conditions. If you look at the chevron pattern of the Heidenaus you see that it is possible to have a lot of open space between the tread blocks for routing sand, mud, and water out from underneath the contact patch, but there is always some rubber in contact with the road as the tire rotates. The K60 as a relatively aggressive pattern for a dual sport tire with wide voids between the blocks of rubber for channeling loose dirt, mud & water. Rider reports in the forums generally give the K60s high marks for off road traction, but also very good adhesion and longevity on pavement. This is usually a difficult combination to achieve in a single tire design.

 

 

Continental TKC 80

Heidenau K60 Front

Heidenau K60 Rear

 

 

 

 

Heidenau K76 for Adventure or Dual Sport. This tire is intended primarily for pavement use, but has relatively wide grooves between the tread blocks so it can be useable in milder dirt conditions such as gravel roads or perhaps some two track where the soil is relatively firm. We would also expect it to channel water well on pavement in a heavy rainstorm. As an adventure or dual sport tire lets call its orientation 90% pavement and 10% dirt. The tread pattern for this tire is similar to the Metzler Tourance. Reviews we have read indicate the tread compound is perhaps a bit softer and the tire a little stickier than the Tourance.

 

 

 

 

Heidenau 34 for Vintage. This tire is very suitable for a vintage restoration. It is available in relatively narrow cross sections and a tread pattern typical of the era.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heidenau  K37 for Sidecar.  This tire is intended for use on a sidecar rig, or hack, which does not typically lean into corners. The tires on a hack only touch the roadway at the narrow center contact patch of the tires so it can’t make very good use of the rounded profile of the typical motorcycle tire. Since most of the tire never makes contact with the roadway, you are paying for a lot of rubber you will never use and all of the weight of the hack is concentrated on a very small strip of rubber at the center of the profile so the tire also wears rapidly. A much better choice is a specialized sidecar tire for all three corners that has a relatively square profile like an automotive tire. They put much more rubber on the roadway for better traction in acceleration, cornering and braking and they typically last much longer than a motorcycle tire used in a sidecar application.