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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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Good 70/30 ADV Tire Running the front Karoo on a KTM 990 ADV. This tire works well in everything but sand and soft conditions. Minor cupping after riding a lot of canyons, but the shake goes away pretty quickly. I've got about 6K on the tire and it still has plenty of life left. March 15, 2014
excelent product i tottally recomend this tires im fully satisfied also with revzilla January 27, 2014
VERY VERSATILE TIRE Bought this front tire 4 months ago, to match a Heideneau rear on my BMW R1200GS [08]. It turns out to be an excellent match. The tire was a little slippery at first under hard braking on pavement but after a dozen hard practice stops it feels solid now. I am also impressed by the cornering solid feel they provide, They give plenty of warning when pushed hard. I only had the chance to drive in the rain a few times and they felt solid and forgiving, In the dirt they provide good traction & a secure feel for my type of riding [mainly gravel logging roads]. In the mud they are OK, way better than the Tourance I use to have, but also much safer and they clean up fast with little speed. In the sand they float a little but I never lost control yet! As for wear; hard braking scuffed the edges of the center blocks a little but there is no signs of cupping or uneven wear yet. Overall I am very pleased with this tire it fulfilled my expectations of a dual purpose tire. By the way they 'sing' a little on the freeway but it is not bothersome in anyway, it just reminds you of the type of riding you prefer!!! January 13, 2014
Effective compromise On my R1200GS these tires offered a tremendous improvement on dirt roads, especially on muddy roads. The stock tires felt like I was on ice; these get a grip good enough to ride with confidence. They will still slip quicker than an aggressive full knobby, but you can easily maintain control. The trade-off is on pavement. Steering lost its precision, a slight wobble occurs in straight line driving, and the most significant change is the feel as you lean the bike. There is a zone of "free fall" feeling as you begin to lean into a turn that I found unsettling at first. Once you get leaned over far enough to engage the large side knobs, the traction is very good and the feel is predictable. I rode my favorite paved twisty back road and didn't hold back with good results. I went a little slower due to the less precise steering feel, but the bike never slid even a little. Amazing! I practiced a few full panic stops on pavement and noted a little longer stopping distance, but it was still quite acceptable. I'm willing to trade a little on road feel for the greatly increased traction on the dirt. Now I'm able to ride on pavement and investigate dirt side roads without worrying about sliding out the front end in wet areas. I have become more used to the leaning transition feel and don't notice it nearly as much. I have not ridden on wet pavement yet and have only put about 130 miles on the tires. December 2, 2013
Great tire if were durable! Loved the tire but hated its durability. Rear tire only lasted 2, 500 miles tops in trip from San Diego to Cabo and back.85% road, 15% offroad. Great looks and handling on road and offroad on hard packed dirt rocky roads, even great on sand. Do not recommend and will not purchase this again. Have had de Heidenau k60 scouts.Great 50/50 tires, but this time will go with Shinko 705 cause of great reviews and price.And it is my type of mix.A 80/20 tire. November 27, 2013
Great on/off road grip but don't expect that rear to last long I put a set of these on my KTM 1190 Adventure. ON ROAD - They were pretty terrifying on the road at first but once they wore in and I got use to them they were much better. A little noisy and vibraty at speed but nothing like a full knobby. You really can hook through the corners with these on the road, especially big fast sweepers. Once worn in I still couldn't use full throttle in 1st, 2nd or sometimes third as it would spin up the rear. Wet tarmac was surprisingly pretty good considering. OFF ROAD - Off road grip on the front was fantastic, very stable in the loose gravel and on wet grass, never got a chance to get into the mud. Rear was ok on the loose stuff, still not much traction even in OFF ROAD MODE which is 100hp instead of 150hp. TYRE WEAR - Not good really, I did 2500kms of about 80% road 20% offroad and the rear was completely gone, the front tyre however is only about 30% worn. Please note: I put the power mode on the bike back to street mode with these tyres to make it less aggressive, also road with traction control on all the time (i usually switch it off before i turn the key) And the whole time i had these tyres on I was very hesitant to use full throttle as I could literately see the tread depth depleting a little more every time I got off the bike and had a look. SUMMERY - Overall i'm impressed with how these tyres handled on and off the road. I'm not too happy with how long the rear lasted considering how much i babyed the bike with these tyres on. I wouldn't buy another Karoo 3 Rear. Will be trying out the K60 rear instead when it becomes available in a 170/60R17 size in February 2014 I think the karoo 3 is more suited to a 650 or an 800 November 20, 2013
Good All Around Tire So far these tires have been pretty good they are a little squirrely at first but get better. They dont last as long as a street tire but are definately better in the dirt. Overall I like the tires. They don't last as ling as a K60 but seem to be a better tire. November 12, 2013
better dirt traction than adverture tires been waiting to see for years if anyone would build a tire that was a perfect trade off between adventure tires and full out motocross knobby tires ...and here it is the Karoo 3 about 70% street % about 30% dirt ...good wet traction on asphalt if you run at the speed limit . I have been to speeds of 120 on asphalt on them and they are stable ...you can hear them at speeds of 40 to 60 no certain hard paved roads but they do not vibrate like full knobby tires do ..had them balanced up and they spin real nice and I put them on a 2011 Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob and made it handle very well on back county broken pavement , gravel, and dirt fire roads , the rest of the time I ride asphalt only with a little push in turns above 90 so if you watch your speeds on public roads like you are supposed to you should do fine with the handling and have great traction when the going gets tuff October 24, 2013
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
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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