Metzeler Karoo 3 Tires
Great tire, good price
They're a little buzzy at freeway speeds, bit that stops after a few hundred miles. Not the best mud tire, but competent. Sand, so-so. Gravel, dirt, and rocks, awesome.
Plus they just look mean. I'd call them more like 60% street rather than a 50/50 tire.
July 15, 2015
Second back tire, I like them
Not much different on pavement for sound as it is almost not noticeable. The back tire lasted about 3K miles and the front looks like it will last through my second back tire. They skid easily when I had some deer jump out in front of me on blacktop but handled it well and avoided the collision. I really like these on dirt as I did the Adventure Riders Int. course in Green Mountains of Vermont in May. I was down to the wear lines on the tread and they still performed remarkably in the rough terrain and even sand areas. I really like that they are great off road and quite unnoticeable on pavement.
June 29, 2015
Lasted longer than I thought it would!
Just ordered a replacement rear for my Tiger 800.
So far, I've put over 6k miles on the first rear for the bike and I have absolutely no complaints. The tip-in did take a little getting used to, and it took a couple of hundred miles to even out a bit, but for me, the tire is a great road tire and suitable for the light off-road I will run it on (~20% gravel, dirt, grass, a little mud and sand). Rain performance has never left me wanting, and I've been out in a few deluges. My one concern was longevity vs. price, but 6k miles is enough, though it's not gone yet and I will probably run it for another 1-2k before replacing it.
June 8, 2015
Wore out in 1000 miles
I bought these tires to use on a street legal 1987 Honda Xr600R for mixed street and fire road riding, roughly 80% street and 20% dirt. After 1000 miles the rear is almost gone and the front is more than half worn. I read reviews on these tires getting great mileage in the 5-6000 range however for my application is was not the case and at $188.00 a rear tire for me its not worth the grip and off road capabilities offered for that price. After contacting Metzler they said they do not have a mileage warranty and that they have seen this kind of mileage before.
May 22, 2015
Great for BMW 1200 GSADV for off road.
I wanted better off road traction from my bike after dropping it going down a steep fire road in Telluride. The stock Torrance exp's needed a little more grip. I put the Karoo 3's on myself and balanced them with Ride On tire balancer. They are great off road, huge difference in traction and stability. On road they are a tad noisy and have mild vibration which was expected. Next trip to Colorado from San Diego will tell if they work very well on pavement. Others have said it takes getting use to in turns on pavement, which if you have driven nobbies on pavement this is a mild version. They also look really good on the bike. I would also like to say Revzilla's delivery is amazing for me in San Diego I ordered these at 2pm and got them at noon the next day.
April 6, 2015
Love those tires. Came out of Attack 2's on my F700GS. Great on road. Excellent off-road!!
March 23, 2015
Great tire, better than expected!
Overall this is a great tire. I wanted something that would do great off-road but still ride and wear nice on the street. This tire does it all!
March 23, 2015
A solid performer for what it is
I've just pulled these tires off after about 4,000 miles of use. Most of my daily riding is twisty highways and high speed straightaways and my Metzler Tourance Next were great road tires. But this past summer/fall we did a fair amount of tent camping and I needed a good trail tire for my big fat BMW R1200GS.
Once I got these tires broken in I was amazed at how well they performed on asphalt and I found myself getting down on the twisties and felt I had found the perfect tire. I mean they aren't as grippy as a road tire but considering the more aggressive tread, I was very impressed. They were great on loose dirt, gravel, river crossings but I am in no way a hardcore dirt rider (I do ride a pig after all) so I never really pushed them much but when I did I was always under control.
The downside to these tires is if you roll predominantly on asphalt you're going to grind the tread away very quickly, especially the rear of course. They are also VERY LOUD. I often wear a Shoei Hornet helmet which isn't very well insulated and my ears would have to endure the howl when I'd fail to wear earplugs. They howl the most at speeds between 55-75 mph and then when you push up to 110 mph they howl like a banshee on crack. But overall these were a very good set of tires albeit not suitable for constant road use unless you have money to burn. They carried my pig around very well and I took that back tire down to near bald in the back before giving them up.
My front wasn't ready to come off but I wanted to try a new set and just put on the Continental TKC 70. I almost got the Michelin Anakee 3 but they just don't look like something that would work with trail use, maybe next time. I'll post my results after I wear down the Conti's.
March 13, 2015