Metzeler Karoo 3 Tires
The best of both worlds!
The Karoo 3s are the perfect compromise between road and offroad tires. They perform well at highway speeds and provide great traction when you leave the pavement. If you never go offroad, get another set. If all you do is go offroad, get another set. If you're like me and enjoy riding out for hours to find a great spot for offroad use, these are the perfect tires. Besides, they really make the bike look good!
March 2, 2015
Karoo 3 review plus comment on 150/70-17 size
Just a quick review of the front Karoo 3, I've put about 1K miles on the front in mixed conditions and it's shown very little wear and worked well both on and off road. Compared to a TKC80, it is a bit cheaper and I think better on road and comparable off road. I now needed a rear tire and thought I would try the Karoo 3 rear. Have not had time to install it yet, but it looks good too. Only problem is that it's listed on Revzilla and elsewhere as a 150/70R17 size which implies that it's a radial construction. I just contacted Metzler directly, and was told that it is not a radial in this size, only radial in the 170 rear and 120 front sizes. Kinda a bummer, but I'll try it anyway I guess.
February 12, 2015
Great for a 60/40 tire
I bought these because I wanted a more capable tire for off-road after having Tourance EXP and then Tourance on a 2011 R1200GSA. Overall I'm happy with these tires, I just wish I could get more mileage; I got used to the 9-10K from the Tourance EXP and Tourance. I held off writing a review until I had a good amount of miles. I've put just over 3000 miles with 75% on/25% off road; I expect to get about another 2500 out of the rear, maybe another 3500 out of the front. Excellent feel/traction in hard/loose packed dirt, loose sand to about 5 inches deep, and on-road dry/wet. You need to get used to the transition from straight up to leaned over, the long rain groove separating the center lugs for the side lugs is a little off settling until you get use to the feel and slide during transition. Once leaned over grip is almost as good as the Tourance. There is more road noise than with a Tourance at all speeds but nothing annoying; just a new noise you'll hear that didn't exist previously. Before buying these tires I read reviews about the performance and many were not very accurate (my opinion). I ride dirt bikes, have roadraced professionally in the US and Europe and these are good tires for what they were designed for. If you want a tire that provides outstanding traction on-road the EXPs did it for me, when new I was able to lean the GSA over to drag the center stand, if you want a tire for off-road that provides traction similar to the tires on my KX450F then choose something else, but if you want a tire it is a true 60/40 this is pretty close. Also, I had read a previous review where the individual complained about losing it on a wet road with leaves, no matter what tire you use or bike you ride when riding on damp pavement with leaves you are always gambling.
November 29, 2014
perfect all around grip on the street or dirt.
This is my second pair of Roo's and absolutely enjoy how they mold to my bike and the road conditions. You will not be disappointed.
November 24, 2014
I like these tires. They are a bit noisy on the road with PSI in the mid 20's however aired up into the mid 30's lots of the noise goes away. I cant speak for the longevity of the tread life so I marked average, but if I get 4k out of the rear I will be fine with that. I love the way they look on my Tiger 800xc as an added benefit.
October 28, 2014
I read just about everything I could about these tires before I purchased them and can confirm that the positive reviews are spot on!
Solid on the asphalt (even wet), very good on gravel, great traction in the dirt, fun in the mud, and as good as any tire in the sand (I think riding in the sand has more to do with the rider than the tire in most cases).
The tires drop into the corners a bit, but after an hour riding I was used to it.... Good hummmmm around 40mph to 45mph, but that's okay.
Complaints about tread life and initial handling are to be expected.... This isn't a 90/10 tire - there's a give and take when you want to ride both on and off road.
You should buy these tires.
October 8, 2014
Great tire but short lived
Let me start by admitting strait away:
I run nearly all my miles on the street back and forth to work (400 a week) and some occupational rides with others, I also have a couple of sandy, sometimes very sandy, dirt riding miles just to get to and from the asphalt. It is these short stents in the sand that forced (in my mind) the need for the "knobbyish tire". now on to the tire.
traction is great, dirt, sand, street wet or dry it doesn't seem to matter they've never let me down.
The down side is they are fairly round, as opposed to the trail attack 2s, this causes the bike to turn in a bit when cornering, nothing too drastic and you'll get used to it quickly enough.
Also they sing to you and vibrate a bit on the street,duh its an aggressive tire no surprise there, and for me not a deal breaker.
TREAD LIFE is... Disappointing almost covers it. The center of the rear wears surprisingly fast, while the front may for two rears (it'll be close) with just over 3000 mi. on them I have !/4"-5/16" left in the middle getting thicker to nearly new tread depth at the edges. I feel like I'll be lucky to make it to 4000. However, knowing what they are if I somehow manage to get 4500-5000 I'll reconsider my complaint. I can dream can't I?
Bottom line is, if you put mud tires on your street driven 4x4, and don't care about milage, you'll love these tires.
They look awesome and work as good as they look.
September 30, 2014
better than average so far.
Just did 1200 miles mostly highway. The tires see
m to be wearing well. Better than the TkC 80 I tried last summer. Excellent grip.
September 20, 2014