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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


  • 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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Front only - great street tire and good on gravel too I have about 4K miles on this now. Mostly pavement, where it performs admirably - not as glued to the road as the TA2 that came on my 1190 non-R, but I don't have trouble keeping up with my buddies on street tires. Whenever an un-paved sideroad beckons, this tire gives WAY more confidence than the TA2 (no surprise given the more open tread). Makes checking out fire roads and service roads much more fun. There is a little bumpiness to the ride from the open tread, but I've ridden many 200+ mile days without it being a bother. I can feel the tread under braking, but again it's not a problem, just different than a street tire. Would definitely go with this front tire again. Right now it's paired with a TKC70 rear and I'm very happy with the combination for ripping around mountain roads and occasionally exploring where the pavement ends. July 30, 2015
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
Highly Recommended 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
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PIERRE D: To me, the best match for the Heidenau back tire! Good feel and grip. Only drawback is it gets a little noisy as it wears. Aug 18, 2015
Brian S: Best all around dual sport tire, IMHO. Jul 31, 2015
Tonya C: Good brand great price Jun 14, 2015
Daniel d: It had good reviews online and looks great Mar 2, 2015
Peter H: Price and pattern. so far work well but believe the K60's are better. Good for the price- wear not so good but didn't expect it. Feb 21, 2015
George P: My 3rd set. Life - rear, ~7.5-8K miles; front, looks half good at the same miles (changed with the rear). Excellent on grooved, wet or dry pavement. Very stable on steel grated bridges. Excellent on dry or wet dirt, rocks or gravel. Scary in mud or sand. Feb 10, 2015
Robert P: Great tires. I have had a puncture and need to replace. I've ridden on the patch for longer than is wise. No brainer to replace with the same thing. Excellent product. Agree that the turn in is quick, but they are very good once you get used to it. Jan 3, 2015
Janet F: Alternative to Heidneau. Found they Karoo 3 wore out too quickly. Dec 6, 2014
Héctor Y: cause its a really good tire on road and off road Nov 19, 2014
Scott S: Reviews were good and I needed a more aggressive off road tire. Oct 12, 2014
A s: Traded my RT for a GS and my research shows me that these Karoo 3's are good tires for the new bike. I came back to Revzilla for the service, the pricing and the ease of doing business... Aug 10, 2014
Jason L: Great 60/40 tire for BMW F800 GSA Aug 9, 2014
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 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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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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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 if you look at these tires you do see alot of air space between 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 im hesitant to go to a full knob look. 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 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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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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Mark W: I would love to hear feedback on this too. The TKC80 is awful on the 1190r but that is because of the 2.5" wide rim, which makes the profile so flat it is like riding a wheelbarrow. It would be nice to find a 21" tubeless tire that was actually designed for a 21" tubeless rim (with a round profile so you can turn the bike), in something a bit knobbier than the stock Conti TA2. Sep 22, 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 S asked: i own a suzuki dr-z 400SM need a dual sport tire is the Metzeler Karoo 3 Tires recommended for road and offroad? Sep 17, 2015
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john m: These tires are typically used on dual-sports and Adventure touring bikes that see miles on the street and off-road. Metzeler considers these tires to be more agressive off road than some of their other models like the Sahara. From my experience they are a 50/50 tire.

This tire has excellent traction off road while still remaining stable on the highway or streets compared to other brands and models I've ridden. They have excellent rear wheel traction and shed mud and debris very well. They wear out relatively quickly on 400lb - 500lb bikes. I imagine that they would last longer on a light bike like a supermoto.

I do recommend these tires.

If you are running them on a supermoto with 17" wheels, please ensure that there is an appropriate size and spec for your front wheel. There may be better choices in tires since you are running them on a supermoto.
Sep 18, 2015
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A S: what dual sport tire you recommend for suzuki DR-Z 400 SM Sep 19, 2015
Roger N: I use the Karoo 3 on my R1200GS when we plan a trip with 50% highway and 50% dirt/sand/mud. The 170 rear is loud on the highway, Cornering and road grip are not a problem, never rode in rain with the Karoo 3. I ride 2 up with these tires, both on and off road. These tires have always performed well. Short life on a big bike 2 up, about 3000 or so miles. I would recommend the Karoo 3. Sep 19, 2015
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Andrew E: I have been happy with the Karoo 3 both on and off pavement. Mileage may end up a little less than I got with the TKC, but not by much. My Super Tenere is considerably heavier than your ride. Sep 20, 2015
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Christopher M: A very good tire for 70% street, 30% dirt. I have my set on a KTM 990. A good fire road/groomed dirt tire. If you do more dirt riding, there are better choices. Sep 18, 2015
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Scott P: I didn't like it for my big 1200 GS compared to Kenda Big Block Sep 20, 2015
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A shopper asked: I ride a 2014 KTM 1190 Adv R.
The recommended rear tire is 150/70/18. The 140/80/18 is much cheaper.
Has anyone had success in mounting the 140/70 tire on the stock rim?
Oct 27, 2014
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Kevin M: It would probably mount but saving a few dollars is probably not worth it plus you loose vital contact patch. Oct 28, 2014
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Jeff P: they wear really fast around 3000 on gs1200 and changed Nov 17, 2014
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A shopper asked: I have a 2003 BMW F650 GS Dakar. The front tire is a 90/90R 21. The rear is a 130/80R 17. Can I use the 140/80-17 TL 69R in place of the 130/80R 17 and run it with a tube? Sep 30, 2014
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charles w h: I don't see why not ...two years ago I was checking out the 650 and the 800 twin beamer at my local dealer and there is a bunch of clearance between the swing arm and the rear tire like an inch or so on both sides of the stock tire ...and the next size bigger are usually not more than 3/16 to 1/4 inch wider total = a fit ..go for it ! and the Karoo 3 tires can be run with a tube or tubeless ! be careful on wet pavement with the Karoo 3 they will not give you any feed back just before they totally let go ! but anywhere else just pin it and you can drift on about any surface that is dirt or pavement 1st test was on wet grass in my front yard right after rolling out of my garage and dig a 3 inch trench from one end of my front yard to the other ..hit the brakes , spun it around and done it again ..under control no problem ! Oct 21, 2014
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ARTURO S: I really dont know, I use 150/70R17 TL 69R with a tube Sep 30, 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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Evan C: It depends upon whether you are talking about the GS or the GSA. 2012 was not a change year for either bike and both bikes took the older sizes in model year 2012. The 170/60-17 rear and 120/70-19 front are the "newer" sizes for the R1200G line. The 110/80-19 front and 150/70-17 rear are the "older" sizes. The R1200GS switched to the new sizes in model year 2013 while the GS Adventure did not change until the following 2014 model year. So, if you have a 2012 GS or GSA, you use the older sizes. If you have a 2013+ GS you use the newer sizes (that's when the GS went to water-cooled). If you have a 2013 GSA, you still use the older sizes (the 2013 GSA was still air/oil cooled). In 2014+, both models use the newer sizes (and both bikes are sporting the new "water boxer" motor). I just checked this on the Metzler web site and Metzler is recommending the correct sizes for each bike in the correct years. You either saw a temporary misprint or you misread the specifications. I hope that helps. Essentially, the new tire sizes go on the water cooled bikes. If it's any model year from 2008 through 2012, it's the older tire sizes. May 28, 2015
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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 Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Front / 120/70R19 TL 60T 878601 2316100 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Front / 90/90-21 TL 54R 878602 2316200 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Front / 110/80R19 TL 59R 878603 2316000 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 140/80-18 TL 70R 878608 2316700 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
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