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Our bikes are over in Cork, Ireland. I'd like to replace the front tires before we return on April 30th. We only have 1 day there before we take the ferry to Santander, Spain.
In Europe we ride mostly pavement, although there will be more dirt/ gravel in Spain and Portugal and more sand as we head south. So definitely a dual sport tire is in order, not a full bore knobby.
Elton the mechanic tells me he can't get the Shinko 4.60 x 18 "Golden Boy" tire we have on there now. I want to get the closest equivalent that I can to this tire. As far as I can see, these are my choices:

Stock size 4.60 x 18TT

Bridgestone TW302
Maxxis M6034
Dunlop K850
except for Trail wing they are listed as 'rear' tyres

Size 130/80-18

Heidenau K60
Mefo Sport Explorer MFE99 (I have these on my KLR650)
Maxxis M6006 (listed as 'rear' tyre)

Mrs Trip does not appreciate changes to her bike set-up and her bikes are set up exactly the same. While not the most attuned rider out there, even she thinks the death wing sucks.

Any advice? I am leaning towards the Heidi?

PS. I'm looking here: https://www.moto-tyres.ie/cgi-bin/rshop.pl?dsco=1124&cart_id=m7CLBTJ9fAspgiqF.1124.831873519&m_s=1&msuchen=1&ranzahl=1&Breite=130&Quer=80&S_Z=&Felge=18&Speed=&Marke=&suchen=Search+for+tyres

And I got my size comparison from here: https://www.tw200forum.com/forum/performance-customization/3635-front-tire-choices.html
 

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Heidenau K60 - got one on the front of mine (also works as a run flat up to 50 mph)

Avoid the Heidenau K60 Scout if possible, it has a road oriented center section, (Google is your friend)

Lead time for the Heidenau K60 was six weeks for me - they ship from the Eastern block on demand ........
 

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Thanks, Purple. I didn't pick up on that difference.
That site says 3 day delivery to Ireland even though the company is in Germany. Maybe they have a warehouse. I wasn't even considering the time it may take to get the tires.

A nice English lane.



(old coach road, Lake District NP.)
 

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The K60 Scout is rear tire, with a constant solid centre tread pattern aimed at road first, rough roads second – trail last. Works on a bigger bike, but on the TW, you want some separation of the tread blocks to aid with (front) braking, otherwise you’re effectively on a skid pan

The standard K60 is tough enough to last the distance on a TW, but with the extra grip you’ll need on the front. Haven’t managed to phase it yet, and I’ve tried in all conditions

The “run flat” comment comes from last year, when I took the bike out of winter storage, and rode it around without checking the tire pressures. With absolutely zero in the front, the bike was stable up till 50 mph – even in the bends. Anything more than that, and you’ll know something is wrong, though it still doesn’t give up. Fully laden with gear, you’re experience may differ, but the tire is more than strong enough to get to where you’re going – air or no air

The K60 / TW34 combo is stable up to 65 mph (actual), but beyond that, it starts to get “uneasy”. That’s with a 180lb rider, at 19psi on both. Again, fully laden you can play with the tire pressures a bit

My experience on delivery is going back 2 or 3 years – but don’t be surprised …… ;)
 

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Thanks, Purple. I'm going to go with the Heidi's provided I can get them in time. Fingers crossed!
 

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I'm currently using the K60 here in Ireland although not on any off road. Most of my riding is just on the pot holed lanes but i haven't had any issues. I ordered mine from eiretyres.com. I think I shopped around a little before but didn't see much difference in prices from other sites at the time. I don't recall the shipping time but it is free. Some shipping companies add a day for rural Ireland just FYI.
 

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Hey JacobK thanks for chiming in with your experience. Where abouts in Ireland do you live? I really like that place!

A nice Irish road. In the rain.



That's a bag of peat, bounced off the back of a truck. County Donegal.
 

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I'm living near Carrickmacross county Monaghan. Haven't been up to Donegal yet but i would love to go.
Rode through your neck of the woods last year in May on our way to Belfast and the ferry to Scotland. I wanted to check my GPS to be sure.



I think this might be around there... there were wind turbines along the ridge. Like all of Ireland... it sure is scenic.


 

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Looks like you rode within a mile of me if the blue line is the route. I explore a lot of the little lanes around here when I get a chance. Usually just start taking random turns to see where they go. I don't think i had the TW here until June or July.
 
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