HEIDENAU DUAL PURPOSE MOTORCYCLE TYRES
It is with pleasure that we can offer the only premium grade dual sport motorcycle tyre still manufactured in Germany by specialists Reifenwerk Heidenau- a company with a proud heritage of producing niche products for various major manufacturers and market segments as well as their own brand.
Reifenwerk Heidenau GmbH & Co. KG has been in existence since 1946 making it one of the oldest tire manufacturers in Europe and today produces 550 different tyre designs for market segments ranging from racing tyres through to Mojo Rotax high performance kart tyres.
Some important considerations regarding motorcylce tyres.
Motorcycle tyres deserve more respect and attention than they receive from most of us.
We expect tyres to perform under varying loads, terrains and pressures without giving it a second thought -all from a contact patch approximately the size of your palm.
Yet we often give minimal thought in their selection and to this end a good quality motorcycle tire is probably the most vital piece of equipment on your bike.
Motorcycles subject tires to an enormous range of forces, stresses and heat. More so with modern dual purpose bikes.
Most motorcycle tyre failures are as a result of low tyre pressures and excessive weight. This is why tyre manufacturers rate tyre pressure as the number-one priority and strongly urge riders to check it regularly. So, if one is going to become fanatical about anything, it should be about religiously checking your tyres and avoiding the sins of overloading them.
Overload and under inflation creates flex in the tyre and an excessive heat build-up that can negatively affect handling and could ultimately result in tyre failure–for any kind of tyre.
To counteract this Heidenau specifically design their tyres with an extremely strong side wall.
What tyre suits my bike?
When choosing a motorcycle tire you need to ask yourself what kind of riding you will be doing and how much life you expect out of the tire. Generally the softer the rubber compund(i.e. stickier) the better it will handle and consequently the more aggressive one can ride.
Conversly longer lasting tires have harder compounds are less sticky and thefore sacrifice a degree of handling for longevity.
Stickiness actually has to do with the rubber compound of the tire, considered by many to be the "black magic" of tire construction.
Obviously a softer tread will wear quicker but provide more grip, but it's the subtle interactions on a molecular level -more art than science- that gives a good combination of both.
We believe Heidenau have produced that magical yet often elusive tyre alchemy combination of excellent grip and longevity.
Created specifically for South Africa
South Africa is blessed with some of the finest dual purpose riding conditions anywhere on this planet. It is also some of the most demanding.
Heidenau, in keeping with their specialist niche market philosophy, created the new K60 Scout dual sport tyre specifically for Southern African conditions.
The 150/70-17" Scout is even marked RSA on the side wall making it the first and only dual purpose tyre to be made specifically for our market conditions.
After two years of extensive local testing many changes were made to compounds and tread patterns to make it a true 50/50 dual purpose adventure tyre.
Offering excellent grip both on and off road , exceptional mileage (e.g a fully laden BMW GS 1150 Adventure rode from SA to Sweden on one set while 2 Dakars rode form Germany to Mongolia on one set: www.pikipiki2.co.za) and arguably the strongest side wall of any dual purpose tyre, the K60 Scout series is available in various size permutation for all dual purpose bikes from 450cc to 1200cc.
Whether you ride a BMW, Honda, Kawasaki , KTM , Suzuki , Triumph or Yamaha dual sport motorcycle there is a Hedi for you!
Remember that by checking you tyre pressure you will derive maximum mileage and service from your Heidenau's.
Recommeded tyre pressures:
3.0 bar at the rear and 2.5 bar in the front