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Metzeler Karoo 3 Tires

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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 tracti… Read More

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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

Features:

  • 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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4.3 / 5.0
68 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
38
21
6
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3
Bang For The Buck
4.0 / 5
Features
4.6 / 5
Style
4.8 / 5
Grip
4.4 / 5
Tread Life
3.5 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Grip
4 / 5
Tread Life
4 / 5
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
Ride:
2005 BMW R1200GS
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
4 / 5
Will buy them again
Just finished a solo continental divide trip of 6700 miles with my 2014 Yamaha Super Tenere, these tires did 4500 of those! Bike was loaded with additional 190 pounds of stuff all the way (I weighed 180... in the beginning of the trip :)).

Round trip from Michigan, down to Antelope Wells with the standard fitted road tires, had the Karoo 3's fitted in El Paso and made it all the way to Canada and Back to Michigan.

Rear tire now done complete... front tire still 30% to go but show some rock damage (cuts in the nobbies# and slight cupping in 2 areas. Still riding comfortably with no vibration issues. Will replace both, with Karoo's again.

Bike felt like it was floating a little during initial run-in period but still handled well through thunderstorms in NM. Dealer who fitted the tires recommended to overinflate the tires with 5psi due to heavy load, in hind sight I think this was a mistake, and could contribute to very early signs of wear I saw on the rear tire. I was concerned that I would not make it home without having to change tires on the back!

When I hit the first gravel in the desert, front was floating all over the road in gravel and dug into the sand to a point where it was scary...

I reduced the pressure in the front to 5psi below manufacturers specification and the rear to specification. This made a huge positive difference in overall handling and feel and I left these settings for the whole trip. In general for anyone with handling issues, do not be scared to experiment with air pressure first and reduce/increase in small increments.

Bike was extremely stable in all conditions, especially front end, in mud, sand #did help to have sand dirt-bike experience from Michigan#, ruts, marble stoned gravel, rocky terrain and no issues on asphalt.

In extreme wet in Colorado, I had to wait for the 2-track to dry out #2 days) but these conditions would have prevented a baboon with a walking stick to get out there so not a tire problem!

Have to say however, after a hunter helped me "carry" my luggage out on his Ranger on the 3rd day, the unloaded bike handled easy out of still very wet and slippery mud conditions and the tires worked well, the tread pattern in the front helps the bike to correct itself in the case it slips and the rear cleans itself easily allowing good traction in all circumstances.

I had the traction control on for most of the trip, in only a few cases did I need to switch it off to get out of sand and where I did not want to get stuck with technology "helping me stall" on steep rocky inclines. This issue is a personal preference and depends on riding style, given being alone I was riding with preservation in mind most of the time. It does not take much to see the rear wheel wanting to overtake you with traction control off on gravel roads.

Road noise bearable when compared to stock tires, front tire goes fairly quiet above 65Mph and does not irritate.

Had to do riding through severe thunderstorms in North Dakota on asphalt with a lot of water on the road and never felt unsafe or had an issue. still managed to keep to the speed limit. In situations where rain just started onto dust covered roads extra care was required but in my opinion would be an issue for any tire combination.

Most of the highway riding was done with speedo cruise set between 75 to 85Mph and never any insecurities. It is important to change you riding style between off road and road riding when cornering. The front specifically feels more loose on asphalt when leaning the bike into a corner on vs your body! I met a guy in the Yellowstone park who was riding a GS and complained about the front end feel on asphalt and I think this was his issue...

I do not have experience with other tires but see no reason to change. I do expect that a higher ratio asphalt riding will reduce the life expectancy significant and especially if the bike is driven in sport mode all the time.
September 9, 2014
Ride:
2008 Buell XB12XT Ulysses
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Grip
4 / 5
Tread Life
3 / 5
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
Ride:
2011 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Grip
4 / 5
Tread Life
3 / 5
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
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
A great, do everything tire...not sure about wear yet...
I have these on my 2012 R1200GS Adventure. These tires have done everything I asked of them so far. Great on the back roads, highway, and off-road. Much more grip than the usual Anakee and Tourances I have used in the past off-road, and seemingly very little compromised on-road. They make a bit more noise on the interstate at high speeds, but that all settles down after they break in. I have been surprised by how good the stopping and handling are on wet pavement. These tires also mounted very easily. If I were riding ONLY on road, I would go with something else, but these are so confidence inspiring OFF ROAD and on gravel, that if you ride there at all, these tires will make it a LOT more fun.

Enjoy!
June 17, 2013
Ride:
2012 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Grip
4 / 5
Tread Life
1 / 5
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
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
5 / 5
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
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Ride:
2008 Suzuki SV650
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
4 / 5
Great tire for the right situation.
Purchased a set of Karoos for my '12 Triumph Tiger XC. I do 80% pavement, 18% dirt and two tracks, 2% more gnarly two-tracks/single tracks. Exactly 5700 miles on the set and am replacing both with a set of Tourance Nexts. The front probably has around 3000 miles to go...I could probably squeeze 1000 more on the back.
The good - these tires rock on dirt roads and easy fire trails. I have done several long trips, the most memorable running the Apache trail in AZ. We went past Tortilla Flats and did the trail to Globe. I felt so confident in the grip we were getting some real nice speeds on some of the tougher sections. On the pavement they gripped well and did equally as well in the rain.
The bad - the more they wore down, the louder and buzzier they became. If you have an adv bike but have buddies who you travel with on sport tourers, you will not feel confident running these at higher speeds. Above 85 I would not go with these shoes and a loaded bike...so I got left behind quite a bit. Use the Metzler comparisons tool on their website...I would say these are a great 50/50 tire versus 70/30. Given the type of riding I do i think the Tourances will be a better fit. I will still be buying a new rear Karoo since my front still has some miles as i will swap them out for a few dirt trips i have planned.
The ugly - no ugly to report.
January 31, 2016
Ride:
2012 Triumph Tiger 800 XC
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
First experience
The Karoo 3's seem to be doing exactly what the manufacturer claims. Excellent on road traction in dry and wet. Off road they are solid performers in hard pan, gravel, and loose rocky conditions. They seem to throw mud (and a few rocks) out of the treads well. Haven't tried sand or extended muddy conditions! Will be a bit sceptical of really leaning on them in curves until I get more comfortable with them. Aggressive tread design don't seem to be much noisier than the Tourances I removed.
October 3, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
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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