Metzeler Karoo 3 Tires
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
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 . 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
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