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PostSubject: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 10, 2011 3:08 pm

Hi Everyone ,
Came over from the "other" Swing site.Saw were the front tire is being replaced at various miles.I went out this mornin and I have 27,524 miles on my original front tire! It still has tread left but I was thinking of changing both ( rear has 11,500 ) with k66 tires.Anyone heard of them?
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 10, 2011 3:12 pm

Hello and welcome!
I think this site is a bit more 'cosy' - lots of information and help, too.
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 10, 2011 3:29 pm

Welcome Elklander.

As a Brit I have to say I haven't heard of the brand over here.
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 10, 2011 3:33 pm

Just looked them up; HEIDENAU, made in Germany.
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 10, 2011 3:48 pm

My read of the review on the web site is the tyre is a good wet weather tyre, my first thoughts when i looked at the tread. Hard wearing indicates less grip!!!

I have to add, just my interpretation of their write up on the makers web site.
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 10, 2011 3:51 pm

Hello Elklander,

Welcome aboard.
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 10, 2011 3:52 pm

Gunnars (of one of the Baltic states, I can't remember which one) on the other forum swore by them. The tread is considerably more coarse than any of the "civilized" tires available. I would use them if my Swing was still a two wheeler.

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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 10, 2011 4:43 pm

If you have 27,000 miles on your tire than that is the one I would replace it with. I change mine every 10,000 miles and could probably only get an additional 2,000 miles if I went as far as I could.
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 10, 2011 5:20 pm

Elklander wrote:
Came over from the "other" Swing site.

Welcome to the friendliest Silverwing forum.

Elklander wrote:
t I was thinking of changing both ( rear has 11,500 ) with k66 tires.Anyone heard of them?

joncallihan wrote:
Gunnars (of one of the Baltic states, I can't remember which one) on the other forum swore by them.

Gunnars (from Riga, Latvia) is the only one that has posted reviews about either Heidenau or K66.
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 10, 2011 5:32 pm

Thanks everyone for the warm Swing welcome. JeffR , I have been watching your entries on your different variators and Dr.Pulley trials.So much so I went with the 28 gr.Sliders.Here is the reason I'm getting tires ,brakes new belt ect... My nephew and a friend are going to take atrip to Homer,Ak. And I need good gravel,frost heave and poor tarmac tires.
Thanks Again Elklander
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 10, 2011 10:18 pm

Elklander wrote:
My nephew and a friend are going to take atrip to Homer,Ak. And I need good gravel,frost heave and poor tarmac tires.
Thanks Again Elklander
Oh, you're taking the good roads in Ak. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 10, 2011 10:43 pm

I just thought I should point out that AK is Alaska and AR is Arkansas

I just replaced my rear tire (because of an errant rock) with a Dunlop tire at 6250 miles. The front tire still has almost as much tread as the new rear one does, so I'm gonna hang on to it for a while. The tires I had were the original ones that came on the bike. I do a lot of 2up riding so I would say that adds wear and tear on the rear. Should I adjust the rear shocks to account for the passenger?
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 10, 2011 11:04 pm

Many of the posters on the ModernVespa site rave about the Heidenau tires, the K66 in particular.
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeSat Jun 11, 2011 5:46 am

I believe Heidenau highly rated in Germany---wet. Plus they have great winter tires....just for info I believe winter tires are going to be required for two wheelers in Germany just as they are for cars.

They are worth a try-----check on sizes and their recommendation/approval for SilverWing.

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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 17, 2011 9:42 pm

I picked up the wheels today with the new K66! Man do look like Nokians or Blizzacks.The Dealer said that there one of the best 4 season bike tires out there.Can't wait to put them on.Now just waiting for Hyperpro springs.
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 17, 2011 10:38 pm

Elklander wrote:
I picked up the wheels today with the new K66! Man do look like Nokians or Blizzacks.
What are Nokians and Blizzacks? Are they deep tread tires like a dirt bike has? I remember when riding a mountain bicycle that switching from dirt tires to smooth ones made a world of difference in the pedaling resistance. So then would thicker tread tires effect gas economy?

As an aside, on every maxi-scooter I have ever owned, there were Bridgestone Hoops. If I had to replace only one tire, I would buy another to match both, but I really can't wait for the day this bike's two tires come due for new ones together, so's I can finally try another brand for a change. Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 17, 2011 10:56 pm

Having lived in Alaska for a bit over 35 years and been up and down the Alcan too many times I can tell you any good tire will fill the bill. Between WA and AK the road is paved and in pretty decent condition, there will be spots were work is being done but overall no problem. The days of the miles long dust plumes are long gone now, good riddence!
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeFri Jun 17, 2011 11:08 pm

LVScooterBill wrote:

What are Nokians and Blizzacks? Are they deep tread tires like a dirt bike has?

You obviously don't live in a climate that has any kind of winter. Nokian is a tire manufacturer famous for winter snow and ice tires. Their Hakkapeliitta tire is world famous (if you need snow tires).
Bridgestone manufactures the Blizzak, another highly rated winter tire.
Now you know.
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeTue Jun 28, 2011 12:26 pm

Letting everyone know I got the K66 tires on and installed Hyperpros (thanks everyone on how to,turned out easy job).Took a short ride due to pouring down rain and new tires need about 100mi. before they get sticky.Noticed new springs right off the bat due to my driveway is steep and I usely bottom out when I get to the street.Not with Hyperpros very smooth transition to level road.
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeTue Jun 28, 2011 12:40 pm

bigbird wrote:
LVScooterBill wrote:

What are Nokians and Blizzacks? Are they deep tread tires like a dirt bike has?

You obviously don't live in a climate that has any kind of winter. Nokian is a tire manufacturer famous for winter snow and ice tires. Their Hakkapeliitta tire is world famous (if you need snow tires).
Bridgestone manufactures the Blizzak, another highly rated winter tire.
Now you know.

My bold.

Hakkapeliitta!!! Not world famous in my backwood. Laughing Never heard of them.

(There again - what's snow.) Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeTue Jun 28, 2011 1:28 pm

Wasn't that where Mary Jo Kopechne met her end?
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeTue Jun 28, 2011 1:31 pm

That was Chappaquiddick.
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PostSubject: Re: Front tire   Front tire I_icon_minitimeTue Jun 28, 2011 1:33 pm

Thanks - I'm afraid my sense of humour is rather warped.

No offence to Mary Jo, of course - death is never funny.
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