Metzeler Karoo 3 Tires
Real off/on road performance
I have an R1200GS and recently have been doing some tough off road riding including mud & sand. These tires will go anywhere. The on road handling is surprisingly good & u can get the same lean angles as a road tire tho I wouldn't get to aggressive on them in tight corners. Off road I can't fault them & they go well on a heavy adventure bike like the GS. U should get apx 4000km's from a rear & hopefully 2x that on the front. They r noisy on tar. DONT drop the pressure below about 32psi as on heavy bikes u will invite rim damage! I love these tires.
August 18, 2014
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