This is just a review on the Heidenau K80 used tires I was a buyer for this tire and I just kind of wanted to have somebody like what I’m doing for you right now show you what they look like up close and personal so this is just one average person’s story with tires anyway this is I order these from they I think they cost me about a hundred and fifty dollars more or less I bought them here in the United States of America they are they K80s are and they are made in Germany which is what I wanted.
What size is Heidenau K80?
For those of you who I care about the sizes it’s a 120 / 70 – 12 they’re uh twelve inch tires what am I gonna do rip zilla’s logo woo the people at RevZilla were great I was able to actually talk to them probably that 800 number and somebody who actually speaks English helped me and they were very good what am I gonna tell you everything is happening I’m gonna show you up close like some details and stuff but before I just kind of go into detail about the tire be careful my one thing that I can tell you is to inspect your tires carefully when you get them look what happened to me where’s the little cut that I had it’s probably not RevZilla s fault it might not be FedEx’s fault we don’t really know but one of these tires came with this cut and I’m guessing I mean it’s just a guess but maybe somebody bought these and then returned them and when they bought them they probably took a cardboard knife and just like slashed the strap and probably over you know did it anyway it’s corded sidewall pretty bad and I don’t know if you can see it with lenz but the the cut goes quite deep when you reach your hand you and press it out.
So actually I contacted RevZilla yesterday and they’ve told me too that they’re gonna they’ve already got a prepaid UPS return so they’re gonna take care of it for me so that’s what I’m gonna do today is remove these straps with scissors not with a machete-like whoever else did this and I’m gonna return just this one anyway what can I tell you these are the K 80 SRS that’s the size they are made in Germany something to note the maximum load is this weight right here the PSI is 41 come on focus camera there you go the weight is important because I have a piaggio fly 150 scooters see there you go this is not like a 50cc thing you need two tires that can take and carry the weight of a heavier scooter which this is I think this is a 2006 but it doesn’t really matter because 2007 2008 2009 they’re all I’d like identical get this sticker out of here anyway that’s what I’m working with.
I don’t know what scooter you have but you know the whole reason of reading articles like mine is to just get a real person’s take on things these are the original tires that it came with Pirelli SL 26 just get over here this is the tread as you can see there’s still a little bit of tread left but the reason why I’m replacing these it because they are the original tires let’s see what are these 258 piece in terms of speed that’s a speed setting why am i replacing these let me show you I not only they kind of bald but look at the date they were made in the fourteenth week of 2005 and you can see the the cracking on the sidewall my fly 150 does over 70 miles per hour I mean I’m I’m about a hundred and sixty pounds which is I’m a skinny mini I can get that thing up too I think 73 miles per hour and at that speeds you know the tire centrifugal force causes the tire to like expand and you know when the tire is this old you could have a blowout and you don’t want to end up in the hospital or the morgue.
Anyway I really wanted Pirellis but they are not made in Italy like my scooter is I wanted Italian rubber on my Italian scooter and unfortunately let me show you where they’re being made and they’re still being made wherever I’m about to show you which is Brazil womp womp so that sucks I you know Pirelli has been making tires since the 1800s and I really wanted Italian rubber and I was gonna get but whatever I was gonna get the exact same replace because these are actually pretty good tires but I just wanted to try something new so the first thing I bought did was was I’m get on eBay and I thought let’s just try it buy one different kind of Pirelli and it’s it’s this guy right here the SL 36 instead of the 26 this is probably a very good speaker sorry the tire it’s just that the speed which the speed setting is 51 alpha which according to internet research means I can only go up to 75 miles per hour with these before they are no longer liable for a blowout and they’re also made in Brazil.
So what I’m gonna do is return this but anyway this is an article about the height now k ATS this is what I finally ended up buying and this is them this is the if this bead setting is 58’s it gets do research a thing goes up 205 but I’m not quite sure this is what the tread looks like you go slow because you know when when you shop for tires online they’re always like stock photos and you don’t really know what you’re getting this is what they look like that’s what the inside looks like that matters any money it’s kind of hard to get up it’s too dark no oh that’s good enough for you trying to use the available light to get in there anyway that’s pretty much the height now the tire again these are Heidenau ka t SRS made in Germany 120 / 70 – 12 therefore my piaggio fly 150 and if you have any comments or questions I can answer them once I get these things on the scooter we’ll see how they perform before I end the articleI just want to say quickly that I wasn’t interested in tires that can channel water because who’s dumb enough to ride their scooter on wet streets I’m not so I didn’t care about the centerline or water channeling and that’s why I got the K 80s and not the case 60 ones which the K 61 is supposed to be like the one for racing and that’s what I wanted if the fastest tire and I guess with height now they say that they last longer whereas with with Pirellis they wear out quicker but they’ve got a better grip it’s a toss-up who you are and what you want.
Between Pirelli and Heidenau K80 which one is better?
I would say go with Pirellis because that’s the original tire that came with the Piaggio you know who ones who doesn’t want a better grip but I’m kind of starting to change my focus from you know better grip which would I guess mean a safer tire to something that has a better longevity and maybe better durability I don’t know what these codes are that’s just and continuing what I was saying is if these are gonna last longer I guess that’s a I guess my higher priority and I’ll tell you why these things cost me about 150 bucks which is that that’s a pretty penny and you know I wanted quality is a most important for me I didn’t want Brazil I didn’t want Mexican I didn’t want to be made in China oh dear I certainly didn’t want to be made in India or some other what a certain president likes to call a country I wanted it made in either Germany Italy United States where I’m located or whatever France anything’s better than China or India or and preferably not Brazil.
How much do these tires cost?
I really want to say though oh yeah so these tires cost me one hundred eight hundred fifty bucks for the pair and I just talked to the authorized Piaggio repair center yesterday and they told me in and I’ve got the wheels off I I’m just gonna bring me they don’t even have to take them off the scooter I’ve already done that I’m gonna bring these two in and have them put these on and he told me that it was gonna cost before tax a hundred and fifty-five dollars to just put these two tires on those two rims and then balance them and of course put new valve stems on I mean that’s like I can’t believe it’s that much money but in your welcome to Illinois or Chicagoland it’s gonna cost you honey so he’ll I mean if I’m gonna spend over three hundred dollars just to put new rubber on my rims I’m gonna go with longevity this time cuz I’m not rich at all anyway that’s pretty much all I wanted to tell you these are the high now K80 sk8 ESR.