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2010 R1200GS Adventure

Heidenau Hoops

Classic Velocity

It may seem like there has not been much going on with the GSA since Canada, but that would be wrong. The big guy has done a few regional business trips, and a fair amount of commuting. So much so, that the tires were almost down to the wear bars. Now I was not happy with the Bridgestone battle wings that came on the bike when I picked it up. I tried to get them changed to the beloved Metzeler Tourances. That did not happen, and 9200 miles later I have to say that the Bridgestones did a pretty good job. They had good longevity, and performed well on asphalt. however, they were rubbish off road on anything other than hard packed surfaces. Fortunately, I was mostly on hard packed surfaces even in Labrador. Sand such as in the Ocala national forest and trails such as the smokies were hopeless. So, I decided that a more "dual" dual sport tire was in order. The forums are always ablaze with the tire choice question, but there is valuable intelligence and experience in between flames. No magazines had dual sport tire shootouts, so I surfed and trolled and surfed some more. I concluded that Tourances were a safe bet for mostly onroad and my experience echoed that. Tourances EXPs were less desirable. Continental TAs were similar to the Tourances in usage so they were knocked out as well. That left Michelin Anakees, Continental TKCs, and the newcomer Heidenaus. After a lot of reading, and a few emails, I decided that the Heidenaus were the best compromise for me. The TKCs are great off road and reportedly good on road, but the consensus seemed to be that about 4000 miles was the most you could get from a set unless you stayed off road a lot more than I am planning to. Similar with the Anakees. Highly rated on the trail, short life on the road. The Heidenaus have gotten a lot of good reviews on performance and they look the business. The tread is noticeably thicker than the competitors, and the tread is aggressive, but less so than the TKCs. That said, they have less history and experience than the others, so it is something of a gamble. I guess I will be contributing to the data on these tires. On the 40 mile ride home, they were good on the highway. A little more tire noise as you might expect, but not bad. I did not push things in the corners as these were brand new tires still full of whiskers. I was also racing a storm home, so no off road loop yet. stay tuned...