Metzeler Karoo 3 Tires
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
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
A solid performer for what it is
I've just pulled these tires off after about 4,000 miles of use. Most of my daily riding is twisty highways and high speed straightaways and my Metzler Tourance Next were great road tires. But this past summer/fall we did a fair amount of tent camping and I needed a good trail tire for my big fat BMW R1200GS.
Once I got these tires broken in I was amazed at how well they performed on asphalt and I found myself getting down on the twisties and felt I had found the perfect tire. I mean they aren't as grippy as a road tire but considering the more aggressive tread, I was very impressed. They were great on loose dirt, gravel, river crossings but I am in no way a hardcore dirt rider (I do ride a pig after all) so I never really pushed them much but when I did I was always under control.
The downside to these tires is if you roll predominantly on asphalt you're going to grind the tread away very quickly, especially the rear of course. They are also VERY LOUD. I often wear a Shoei Hornet helmet which isn't very well insulated and my ears would have to endure the howl when I'd fail to wear earplugs. They howl the most at speeds between 55-75 mph and then when you push up to 110 mph they howl like a banshee on crack. But overall these were a very good set of tires albeit not suitable for constant road use unless you have money to burn. They carried my pig around very well and I took that back tire down to near bald in the back before giving them up.
My front wasn't ready to come off but I wanted to try a new set and just put on the Continental TKC 70. I almost got the Michelin Anakee 3 but they just don't look like something that would work with trail use, maybe next time. I'll post my results after I wear down the Conti's.
March 13, 2015
The best of both worlds!
The Karoo 3s are the perfect compromise between road and offroad tires. They perform well at highway speeds and provide great traction when you leave the pavement. If you never go offroad, get another set. If all you do is go offroad, get another set. If you're like me and enjoy riding out for hours to find a great spot for offroad use, these are the perfect tires. Besides, they really make the bike look good!
March 2, 2015
Karoo 3 review plus comment on 150/70-17 size
Just a quick review of the front Karoo 3, I've put about 1K miles on the front in mixed conditions and it's shown very little wear and worked well both on and off road. Compared to a TKC80, it is a bit cheaper and I think better on road and comparable off road. I now needed a rear tire and thought I would try the Karoo 3 rear. Have not had time to install it yet, but it looks good too. Only problem is that it's listed on Revzilla and elsewhere as a 150/70R17 size which implies that it's a radial construction. I just contacted Metzler directly, and was told that it is not a radial in this size, only radial in the 170 rear and 120 front sizes. Kinda a bummer, but I'll try it anyway I guess.
February 12, 2015
Great for a 60/40 tire
I bought these because I wanted a more capable tire for off-road after having Tourance EXP and then Tourance on a 2011 R1200GSA. Overall I'm happy with these tires, I just wish I could get more mileage; I got used to the 9-10K from the Tourance EXP and Tourance. I held off writing a review until I had a good amount of miles. I've put just over 3000 miles with 75% on/25% off road; I expect to get about another 2500 out of the rear, maybe another 3500 out of the front. Excellent feel/traction in hard/loose packed dirt, loose sand to about 5 inches deep, and on-road dry/wet. You need to get used to the transition from straight up to leaned over, the long rain groove separating the center lugs for the side lugs is a little off settling until you get use to the feel and slide during transition. Once leaned over grip is almost as good as the Tourance. There is more road noise than with a Tourance at all speeds but nothing annoying; just a new noise you'll hear that didn't exist previously. Before buying these tires I read reviews about the performance and many were not very accurate (my opinion). I ride dirt bikes, have roadraced professionally in the US and Europe and these are good tires for what they were designed for. If you want a tire that provides outstanding traction on-road the EXPs did it for me, when new I was able to lean the GSA over to drag the center stand, if you want a tire for off-road that provides traction similar to the tires on my KX450F then choose something else, but if you want a tire it is a true 60/40 this is pretty close. Also, I had read a previous review where the individual complained about losing it on a wet road with leaves, no matter what tire you use or bike you ride when riding on damp pavement with leaves you are always gambling.
November 29, 2014