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Metzeler Karoo 3 Tires

The Metzeler Karoo 3 tires are a new concept of Adventure and Enduro On/Off tires dedicated to off-road expeditions and featuring both off-road traction and on-road stability with excellent mileage. Specifically engineered for medium to large displacement bikes that spend time both on and off road, these 70% street / 30% off-road tires offer off-road traction and stability on road with excellent mileage.

New Karoo 3 improvements:

  • Improved Off -Road traction and handling
  • 30% more mileage than its predecessor
  • Cutting edge tread design lends to improved performance
  • Suitable for both light and heavy Enduro bikes
  • New tread compounds capable of obtaining a more uniform mix which in turn provides mechanical resistance to lacerations while still maintaining high dampening capability
  • Trapezoidal tread pattern has an innovative geometry which ensures progressive off road traction at various lean angles

Features:

  • Differentiated spacing and larger tread
  • Footprint area is more uniform and constant
  • Increased mileage On Road and Off Road
  • Increased stability and reduced vibration
  • 0° Steel Radial technology
  • MAW (Metzeler Advanced Winding) technology
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Metzeler Karoo 3 Tires 4.2 5 27 27
great on/off tire. Noisy, low mileage I have switched to Karoo 3's after many sets of TCK 80's and I am happy with them. On road performance is better than TCK 80's although the tires are quite noisy. Traction on wet seems excellent. I have not had a chance to ride in any serious off road yet (deep sand, mud and large rocks) but on gravel more or less maintained they are great and very confidence inspiring. My rear tire will probably last me 3500 miles (I am at 2500 and I can see the end near...) and I was hoping for a little longer wear than the TCK's. Granted with the new LC GS I am riding rather aggressively but ..... I will buy another set for sure and I would recommend this tires to anyone not looking to get lost in a jungle. July 21, 2014
Curb stomps the Heidenau K60. Bike: BMW R1200GS Tire sizes: 110/80-19 front, 150/70-17 rear. Pressure: 32psi front, 36psi rear. They work great off-road. I haven't tried airing them down, but even at stock pressures they work well. Everything including hard pack, gravel, and soft sandy dirt. Haven't had a chance to get them in deep sand yet. A better tire off-road than the Heidenau. Big surprise! They also work well on pavement too! They hum (rumble) a little on the road, but it's not the annoying whine that you get from some tires and easy to live with. The grip is surprising for a big block knobby and is stable when leaned over. A lot of ADV riders have been jumping on the Heidenau bandwagon because they are a cheap tire and offer decent off-road grip. Well, the Karoo 3 performs better on and off road than the Heidenau and is only about $5 more per tire. If you change from the Heidenau to Metzeler, you will take your old "Heidys" and throw them into the bush as far as you can. You will be so angry that you wasted your time with them, you will search the bush until you find them and then throw them further. Bottom line. I like these tires. I only gave them 4/5 stars just because ADV tires are a compromise and are never going to be perfect in all areas. If you are planning on taking your bike off the pavement, these tires are for you. If you only ride your big ADV on the street (not that there's anything wrong with that) then there are a lot of other tires that will offer better ultimate street grip. ps. Oh yeah, they look badass too!!! July 7, 2014
Good all around tire I ride an R1200GS and went off-road with the stock Metzeler Tourance tires and slipped and slid everywhere. (and crashed) Put the Metzeler Karoo 3 tires on and never lost traction on gravel/dirt, sand, or thru water crossing once. I thought i'd give up paved road performance for off-road, but the Karoo 3's perform well on paved roads as well. Can't comment on longevity as i'm less than 1000 miles in on the new Karoo 3's but what i'm seeing so far, the tread life should be pretty good. June 16, 2014
step up from METZLER TOURANCE so much better on gravel roads than the Tourance. inspire confidence and encourage better lines in corners without fear of hitting deeper gravel. on tarseal roads not as noisy as I had feared. low speed manoeuvring feels a little less secure than Tourance, especially front, but at speed they feel completely planted. high speed cornering is a breeze. overall the benefits off road far outweigh the losses on tarseal. June 15, 2014
1000+ miles all good so far. Grip looks and wear Put these on my R1100 GS replacing the old aged tounces. Can't tell you how much better it's felt with the new tires! grip is good but a bit squirrley on gravel and great on dirt roads and grass fantastic on the highway and city. Very sticky on the road. They do howl right at about 80 miles per hour but it doesn't bother me much I don't know they cost 360+ installation which seems pretty expensive to me. What do I know I'm new to this game Too early to say on the tread life but they seem to be holding up pretty well after 1000 miles mostly on road June 3, 2014
Good alternative to TKC 80 Have had rear on my KTM 1190 Adventure for 2,800 miles so far and it has 300-400 miles left on the tread. No rock punctures, but some chunking out of the knobbies. For me, these last about 500-600 miles longer than the TKC 80 and don't suffer the rock punctures on the rear. May 27, 2014
Awesome 70/30 tire! I was sick of my 95/5 tires. It was ridiculous owning a BMW 1200 GS Adventure and not being able to hit minor dirt roads with a little bit of mud on them. This tires do the trick! You have to be cautious on pavement (no more 140kms curves) but, when you hit those dirt roads you'll be very happy! Friends have told me that I'll eat the tires up on pavemement, that they'll give me no more than 5000 kms. I guess I'll just have to wait and see! May 12, 2014
Tire The tires work amazing and have excellent grip, thier with the price. May 5, 2014
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Leonardo G: Chose this tire to do the BMW GS Safari in Tasmania which will be apx 2000km of dirt roads. Jul 28, 2014
Thomas K: I like the tread design and 70/30 use. Jul 27, 2014
john l: these tires seem to have the best reviews for the kind of riding I do 70% road 30% off-road Jul 27, 2014
William D: most aggressive tire I could get for my 2014 R1200GS Jul 5, 2014
LUIS A: nice grip in road and offroad ! i like it alot ! Jul 5, 2014
Jeff H: I had the TKC 80s previously, and was looking for something a little less aggressive. We'll see how these do in the sand I encounter during my daily commute. Jun 28, 2014
Mark A: The Karoos look to be a little better road tire than the Conti TKC 80 with equivalent dirt performance. That is what I am expecting from them but time will tell. Bought them for my 08 R1200 GSA and also for my cousin's 07 DL 650 V Strom. Jun 16, 2014
Mike H: Went from the stock BMW R1200GS tires to the Karoo 3's for better off-road riding performance mainly on dirt and gravel roads and water crossing and i'm thouroughly impressed with their performance on and off-road. I'd recommend the Karoo 3's to anyone that's into Dual-Sport Riding!!! Jun 4, 2014
Jeff S: Giving them a try in Ourray CO. Just a change from my Tourance. May 19, 2014
Elvin R: got one on the rear after watching your videos. like how it feels, and now its time for the front. love the free shipping. May 6, 2014
John D: Looked like best choice, but the size rear sizing was incorrect. Apr 15, 2014
A S: far better than the Pirelli Scorpions for highway or off road -- much more sticky and warm up pretty quick too (plus, it makes my bike look fantastic!) Apr 11, 2014
Nikolai M: I wanted a dual sport tire for my '79 CB750 brat/tracker. There are very few dual sports that come in both 140/18 (rear) and 110/19 (front) so I decided to mix and match brands. The Karoo3 had good reviews, they have the right beefy look for my bike, and they were a great price. Mar 7, 2014
James M: Best dual sport tire currently made in the sizes for my 2013 R1200 GSW. Feb 18, 2014
Ghislain L: Good tires for street and off-road Feb 14, 2014
josh m: trying this out. been running TKC80 which wear out super fast Jan 26, 2014
sergio a: Good quality of this brand of tires. Jan 24, 2014
Gilberto P: Well I'd pick these tires : (1) it's design- (2) Based on your review. 70 '/, ON / 30'/, OFF Road That's the kind of riding I do.
Thank you Revzilla stuff.
Jan 22, 2014
JT M: Great reviews online, also seemed to be very well priced. Jan 10, 2014
David M: want best off-road performance with good on-road stability Dec 13, 2013
Michael C: I needed a tire that would allow me to travel on pavement and take side trips on dirt roads through the national forests in my area. The street tires that came on my bike were way too smooth to keep the bike from sliding around on wet dirt roads. These Metzelers looked like a good compromise between pavement grip and dirt road traction. Road tested today: very good on dirt, okay in mud, different feel on pavement that will take getting used to. No slipping on a mildly sporting pavement run. Nov 30, 2013
stan w: combination of Karoo 3 Rear and MT-21 for my KTM 690 has been perfect. My road/dirt ratio is always about 2/1 and I get Intermediate dirt thus the rear adds lots of performance on asphalt with relatively (for me) insignificant loss of performance on dirt. Dirt tire pressure=22/20 (rear/front) Nov 30, 2013
Christopher M: Matches front tire and works great for 70% street 30% dirt in Colorado Oct 2, 2013
Donald S: They look great, are supposed have great traction and long tread life for what the are.
We shall see. I'm looking forward to it!
Aug 22, 2013
A shopper asked: How does this tire perform on rainy streets? Oct 7, 2013
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Roy D: I moved to this tire after 2 seasons on the Heidenau K60's. It handles like a sport bike tire; excellent side-to-side transition, much more solidly planted than the Heidi's. No problems in the rain! Oct 7, 2013
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charles w h: i have only ridden twice in the rain and it was in town in the traffic and i didn't go much over the speed limit so i can't really tell you how they would do on any high speed cornering in the rain , but they did grip well in traffic on wet pavement ! ....these Karoo 3s are a nice trade off between full out motorcross knobby tires and something like the Metzeler Tourance ! ,,,,they are a bit noisy from about 50mph up to about 60 and at Interstate speed i don't notice them much .....i have them mounted on a Harley-Davidson FXDB Dyna Street Bob that weighs around 700 pounds...i tried a set of Metzeler Tourance but they didn't hook up on dirt roads as good as these Karoo 3s .....on paved high speed corners above 80mph to 90mph the Karoo 3s start to push just a bit...my H-D is a screamin' eagle version with 100hp and a power shift to 2nd gear will lift the front wheel on dry pavement with the Karoo 3s ...the best video that will answer all your questions on you tube is called " Testing the Metzeler Karoo 3 from Istanbul to Tashkent " it's about a 6000 mile ride over every kind of good and bad dirt and paved roads in all kinds of conditions., wet and dry !...and the rear tire is pretty much gone after this test ! in my past experience on other bikes with full out motocross knobby tires they only last about 3000 miles in these types of conditions so like i said the new Karoo 3s are the perfect trade off and still hook very well in the dirt...on a dry day i believe these Karoo 3s could win out door motocross ! Oct 8, 2013
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jeremy s: I have ran the Conti's and the K60's, and they are better than both. The conti's being a dirt lug, so these are much more planted on the street.
When I ran the K60's I thought they would give me more on the street than they did. It seems to me that the rubber is just to hard.
Now, I ride an F800gs. So I know that the tread pattern for the other sizes are like these Karoo's.
I just returned from running the southern area of Utah. We did the advanced loop of the Back Country Discovery Route. It was a 3 day run with rain the final 3 hours. I am very pleased with these tires.
The only one I would run other than these, would be the Conti's for solid dirt riding.
Hope this helps you a little.
Oct 11, 2013
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David H: These tires have worked fine in the rain but I am not a very adventurous rider. They "feel" much more secure in the rain the the Bridgestone Trailwings they replaced. They are also a a lot noisier than Trailwings. My bike is a Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and I ride it 70% on the street and about 30% on dirt/gravel roads and these tires are just right for my use. Oct 9, 2013
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Chris J: Handled wet roads fine for me. I used on my XR650L and found it to be more of a dirt tire than street,maybe 75% - 25%. Back to a Heidenau for me. Oct 7, 2013
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Victor D: This a great tire. It performs well in dry or wet weather. Does good on dry as well. Best dual sport tire I have ridden Oct 8, 2013
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Hunter R: Rode them in a lot of rain this summer in Alaska. They did very well. Oct 7, 2013
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JT M: I only have the front, but it feels fine in the rain. Plenty of grip. Oct 7, 2013
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ARTURO S: I'm sorry, i have not even mounted Oct 8, 2013
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David M: Thanks for all the feedback !!! Oct 8, 2013
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David M asked: How do these perform on rainy wet roads? Oct 7, 2013
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JOHN T: sorry im a baby and tend not to ride on wet roads....but logic tells you they are pretty grippy. im a big mountain biker too. and I understand the rubber compound that is used determines grip. in that realm I would say these are good.......I didn't get that great of tread life on the tire.......but they corner great.........a dealer told me . the best tire is one that has the most rubber on the ground.....so if you look at these tires you do see alot of air space between lugs......to be honest i might stay with this tire though on my dual sport as they look good. they function good. they are cheap!....and I do most riding on road.........so im hesitant to go to a full knob look. Oct 7, 2013
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Wilber H: I rode about 150 miles in heavy rain about two weeks ago on these tires. I thought they did great. They didn't feel loose or slippery, and they didn't hydroplane at all. I felt comfortable at 75 mph on the highway in the rain. One time, in a brand new asphalt parking lot, they did feel a little slick, but I think it was more a function of the new asphalt and not the tires. As far as wear, I'm about 1500 miles in on the tires and they still look brand new. They haven't started to flatten out much at all. I think they are going to go the distance. Oct 7, 2013
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Mark B: Sorry David, The roads weren't we even thought we were on Co. at the time of the floods. All we riding was on dirt. I may have mentioned they don't do well in greasy mud. Caked up the front. For everything else they were good. Oct 7, 2013
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Rodrigo S: Hi David, Don't use it yet in rainy roads.

But I can tell you that the front one buzzing a lot at any speed.

Best regards
Rodrigo Stagnaro
Oct 7, 2013
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Joe C: I live in the Pacific Northwest and have rode in mild and heavy rain on the Karoo 3 tires and found they perform very well in the wet. Impressive for a 70/30 tire. Oct 7, 2013
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Perry J: Well not a lot of wet riding so far but I did spend an hour in a downpour and they worked great!! So far really happy with their on and off road performance!! Oct 7, 2013
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Tonya C: Sorry David, no rainy wet roads for me yet. Nov 9, 2013
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Brad C: Haven't been able to use them yet. Oct 7, 2013
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A shopper asked: How do they do in the dirt? I would think they'd tend to slide out sideways with this tread pattern. The TKC rear does that too, which you wouldn't expect from the tread pattern, so... Jan 28, 2014
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Jason L: I have the Metzler Karoo 3s on my 2014 BMW F800 GS Adventure. I have almost 2500 miles on them since they were installed. These tires do exceptionally well in the dirt as compared to the Heidenau K60 Scouts I had on my 2012 BMW F800 GS. Side bite is great in hard/soft dirt, medium sand, and mud. I have not experienced any front end wash or back end slide while cornering, but I tend to counterbalance corner as the bike is 500+ pounds. I expect to get about 5000 miles out of this set, which is a little shorter than the Heidenau. The trade of is that you get a tire that tracks true on highways and doesn't experience drift at highway speeds because it does not have the herringbone pattern like on the Heidenau. Jan 28, 2014
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Tobias P: These tires hooked up well in the dirt.
Not full knobby well but 50/50 well.
I loved this tire and was super impressed with its street handling and off road ability.
Due to short tread life (1500 miles on my 950 adventure) I think I'll keep searching.
It would probably due better on a lighter bike with less torque.
Enjoy the ride
Jan 29, 2014
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Jonathan S: I probably shouldn't have bought these because I do mostly road commuting and live in the NW where said roads are usually wet. they don't handle on wet roads all that geat and are a little noisy. good at high speeds, but I haven't taken them "off road" yet. I most likely will not purchase these again. Just not meant for my style riding. Jan 28, 2014
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Roy D: Haven't really had them in single track. On some pretty rough VT all dirt roads (Puppy Dog Run) stuff, they do just fine. Jan 28, 2014
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charles w h: you slap a set of these on a new dyna street bob with a screamin' eagle 100hp 100ftlbs of torque and u can slide side ways at a 100 on any county dirt road in and out of every turn throwing boulders at your buddy's Triumph Tiger while he is trying to catch up , only to get a nasty email from him 5 hours later saying he ain't going to put up with that kind of riding style from u again .....so he really was trying to pass me that day , or he wouldn't have been in my roost ! Jan 28, 2014
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Joel G asked: Are these tires tubeless? Aug 24, 2013
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Kevin H: I think the sizes with the TL in the size number are the tubeless ones. I bought them in standard dirt bike sizes for my KTM 530 and run both with tubes. I'm about to order them for my 2013 GS and I noticed the sizes for that bike both say TL. Aug 26, 2013
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Nicholas C: Some sizes are - when you go to "Select Tire Size," if it has a "TL" in the size then it's a tubeless. Note that you can use tubes in a tubeless tire, but you should only use tubeless tires in a tubeless application. Aug 26, 2013
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Jonathan T: Yes if it says "TL" next to the desired tire size. TL stands for tubeless. Is the says TT that means tube type. Aug 26, 2013
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David G: Actually, the TL indication on the tire model indicates tubeless, those models without the TL are tube tires. Aug 26, 2013
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JOHN T: not on my bike. they are nice looking tires. and metzeler is a quality name. wear seems fair to good. Aug 30, 2013
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David G: Depends on the model I believe. The ones I got in the stock R1200GS sizes are tubeless. Aug 26, 2013
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Brian S: They are tubeless, but they can be run with tubes. I use metzeler tubes in them. Aug 26, 2013
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Steven C: Most sizes are tubeless, some are tube type like the 140-80/18 Aug 26, 2013
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dario d: Yes it's tubeless. But I run tubes with them. Aug 26, 2013
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Dan M: Joel,

Yes, they're tubeless.
Aug 26, 2013
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Joey B: Yes, they are marked tubeless. Aug 26, 2013
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Hunter R: No, they had tubes. Aug 26, 2013
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Kevin M: yes
Aug 26, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is the front tubeless? And has anyone used the 90/90 21 on an 1190r & have feedback? Jul 14, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is it true that Metzler recommends a different size than BMW manual for <2012 1200GS? My manual says 110/80-19 & 150/70-17 and the link I found from Metzler recommends 120/70-19 & 170/60-17. Jun 13, 2014
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Juan L asked: I would like to now wich is the velocity code of this tire,? wich is the top speed alowed. May 27, 2014
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Product Style RevZilla SKU ID Manufacturer Product # Availability
Front / 120/70R19 TL 60T 878601 2316100 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Front / 90/90-21 TL 54R 878602 2316200 Available: Expect 1-2 business days processing time prior to shipment
Front / 110/80R19 TL 59R 878603 2316000 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 140/80-18 TL 70R 878608 2316700 Available: Expect 1-4 business days processing time prior to shipment
Rear / 150/70R17 TL 69R 878609 2316300 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 150/70-18 TL 70R 878610 2316800 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 170/60R17 TL 72T 878611 2316400 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 140/80-17 TL 69R 878612 2316600 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours