Metzeler Karoo 3 Tires
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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
4.3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Tread Life
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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
2005 BMW R1200GS
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
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
2008 Buell XB12XT Ulysses
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
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
2011 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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
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.

June 17, 2013
2012 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
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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
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
1 year ago
2008 Suzuki SV650
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 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
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
4 / 5
Tread Life
4 / 5
Half of a Review
Because I'm only using the Karoo 3 _front_ tire at this point. My review is going to be pretty lame. Apologies in advance. I'm going go give you the perspective of someone who's riding an R1200GS-A (have to say R1200GS-A now since there's an F800GS-A) and transitioning from street to more dirt riding. I've had a progression of the usual suspects in terms of tires. Tourance EXP came stock on the bike. They were wore out in what seemed to be pretty short order--especially the rear. Not that exciting in terms of performance. Next came the Michelin Anakee 2. Been through 2 sets of those. Again, not terrible, not great either. I've even tried Michelin Pilot Road 3's (Trail). So I've had a few brands of street and dual sport tires. In terms of a review of the review at hand, I can say one thing. Don't be afraid to try these tires. They do not leave you wanting for much in the on-road performance category, and they are so much better off road. I'll just admit I really can't seem to push the tire past my personal comfort zone in cornering, but I'm still holding a little in reserve--more so because of the rear tire which is a Heidenau K60 Scout. Admittedly not a high performance tire. Noted for longevity but not for fantastic on road cornering and definitely not wet performance. But I've run the Heidenau with a Michelin Anakee 2 front tire and also with the Karoo 3 front. I cannot perceive a tremendous on road performance hit. Now, throw rain. I can't say the Karoo is worse, but I'm just more cautious. Hey, it's my skin the game. Sorry. But dry, and for my abilities, I think they are pretty close. Not anywhere near the confidence of a Pilot Road 3 (rain or shine). But that's pretty easy to see. So how 'bout off road? I'm not a crazy gonzo off-roader, but I can see from riding a lot of gravel and some dirt, the Karoo 3 is much better than the Anakee. I have a 1/4 mile long (deep) gravel driveway with curves that I take everyday. The Anakee--1st gear 5k RPM and standing. OK. The Karoo 3. 2nd Gear, about 2x the speed and sitting. Fun! Michelin PR3. 1st gear, pretty slow, standing and worried!!! So there you go. I just got back from a 5,000 mile cross country trip that unfortunately involved way to much slab. But the Karoo 3 front has held up very nicely and seems to be about 50% gone. Flattened somewhat in profile over the middle of the tread as expected. OK, so no major performance issues on road. Better off road. What could be the negatives? Well here they are. On road, these tires will vibrate the bike more. Any speed--high, low you know they're there. Not a deal breaker in my mind. But you know. Here's what's potentially worse. They are loud. Not I think I hear them, but more like "OMG I think I'm going to be deaf if I don't wear earplugs and they're still annoying even with them in". The noise is what I call a howling. It starts about 55 or 60mph and never goes away with either more speed or more miles. Ask someone who's run Heidenau's or TKC's. Maybe they all do that. It's never bothered me on my more street oriented choices.
August 12, 2013
2011 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
4 / 5
Tread Life
2 / 5
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
2014 BMW R1200GS
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Do big miles on R1200GSA, yet need to have decent off road performance on arrival without swapping tires back and forth.
Jerald W on Apr 16, 2017
Great tire for 80/20 BMW F 800 GS. I ride the gravel roads trails and the street and these hold up extremely well for Mountain roads and twisty roads and still do a great job on trails.They wear very well and quiet.
Michael J on Nov 26, 2016
Do big miles on R1200GSA, yet need to have decent off road performance on arrival without swapping tires back and forth.
Jerald W on Apr 16, 2017
I read all of the reviews and decided this was the right tire for me.
Mitch S on Apr 12, 2017
Great tire for 80/20 BMW F 800 GS. I ride the gravel roads trails and the street and these hold up extremely well for Mountain roads and twisty roads and still do a great job on trails.They wear very well and quiet.
Michael J on Nov 26, 2016
Replacing a set of the same, back tire is a bit more worn then the front but after 12k+ miles including some dirt, mud, rain, and snow, I'm very satisfied
brian z on Jun 22, 2016
To improve off road performance without going full knobbies.
ICON 2 on Jun 12, 2016
Replace worn tires for trip on the Utah BDR
Daniel D on May 23, 2016
Seemed like perfect all-around ADV tire
divimon2000 on May 13, 2016
Perhaps the best GS tire
Robert P on Apr 25, 2016
The video review and other reviews
David S on Apr 8, 2016
It looked like the best tire for the money. Had lots of reviews and retained a high rating. Also, the tire will be perfect for my daily commuting on pavement and random off road adventures.
Kevan J on Mar 31, 2016
They came highly recommended by my brother.
Kyle K on Mar 16, 2016
These are great on trails but I barely use them for what they are designed for, every day riding they are a little sketchy in corners and on wet pavement. Loud on the open road as well.
Meat33 on Feb 22, 2016
Best tire ever!
alejoalvarez on Feb 1, 2016
liked them so much on my GS I got some for my Dr650.
GRAHAM B on Jan 25, 2016
Reviews found on the site.
Mike B on Nov 16, 2015
To me, the best match for the Heidenau back tire! Good feel and grip. Only drawback is it gets a little noisy as it wears.
PIERRE D on Aug 18, 2015
Best all around dual sport tire, IMHO.
Brian S on Jul 31, 2015
Good brand great price
Tonya C on Jun 14, 2015
It had good reviews online and looks great
Daniel d on Mar 2, 2015
Price and pattern. so far work well but believe the K60's are better. Good for the price- wear not so good but didn't expect it.
Peter H on Feb 21, 2015
My 3rd set. Life - rear, ~7.5-8K miles; front, looks half good at the same miles (changed with the rear). Excellent on grooved, wet or dry pavement. Very stable on steel grated bridges. Excellent on dry or wet dirt, rocks or gravel. Scary in mud or sand.
George P on Feb 10, 2015
Great tires. I have had a puncture and need to replace. I've ridden on the patch for longer than is wise. No brainer to replace with the same thing. Excellent product. Agree that the turn in is quick, but they are very good once you get used to it.
Robert P on Jan 3, 2015
Alternative to Heidneau. Found they Karoo 3 wore out too quickly.
Janet F on Dec 6, 2014
cause its a really good tire on road and off road
Héctor Y on Nov 19, 2014
Reviews were good and I needed a more aggressive off road tire.
Scott S on Oct 12, 2014
Traded my RT for a GS and my research shows me that these Karoo 3's are good tires for the new bike. I came back to Revzilla for the service, the pricing and the ease of doing business...
A s on Aug 10, 2014
Great 60/40 tire for BMW F800 GSA
Jason L on Aug 9, 2014
Chose this tire to do the BMW GS Safari in Tasmania which will be apx 2000km of dirt roads.
Leonardo G on Jul 28, 2014
I like the tread design and 70/30 use.
Thomas K on Jul 27, 2014
these tires seem to have the best reviews for the kind of riding I do 70% road 30% off-road
john l on Jul 27, 2014
most aggressive tire I could get for my 2014 R1200GS
William D on Jul 5, 2014
nice grip in road and offroad ! i like it alot !
LUIS A on Jul 5, 2014
I had the TKC 80s previously, and was looking for something a little less aggressive. We'll see how these do in the sand I encounter during my daily commute.
Jeff H on Jun 28, 2014
The Karoos look to be a little better road tire than the Conti TKC 80 with equivalent dirt performance. That is what I am expecting from them but time will tell. Bought them for my 08 R1200 GSA and also for my cousin's 07 DL 650 V Strom.
Mark A on Jun 16, 2014
Went from the stock BMW R1200GS tires to the Karoo 3's for better off-road riding performance mainly on dirt and gravel roads and water crossing and i'm thouroughly impressed with their performance on and off-road. I'd recommend the Karoo 3's to anyone that's into Dual-Sport Riding!!!
Mike H on Jun 4, 2014
Giving them a try in Ourray CO. Just a change from my Tourance.
Jeff S on May 19, 2014
got one on the rear after watching your videos. like how it feels, and now its time for the front. love the free shipping.
Elvin R on May 6, 2014
Looked like best choice, but the size rear sizing was incorrect.
John D on Apr 15, 2014
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!)
KBob on Apr 11, 2014
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.
Nikolai M on Mar 7, 2014
Best dual sport tire currently made in the sizes for my 2013 R1200 GSW.
James M on Feb 18, 2014
Good tires for street and off-road
Ghislain L on Feb 14, 2014
trying this out. been running TKC80 which wear out super fast
josh m on Jan 26, 2014
Good quality of this brand of tires.
sergio a on Jan 24, 2014
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.
Gilberto P on Jan 22, 2014
Great reviews online, also seemed to be very well priced.
JT M on Jan 10, 2014
want best off-road performance with good on-road stability
David M on Dec 13, 2013
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.
Michael C on Nov 30, 2013
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)
seeker on Nov 30, 2013
Matches front tire and works great for 70% street 30% dirt in Colorado
Christopher M on Oct 2, 2013
I read all of the reviews and decided this was the right tire for me.
Mitch S on Apr 12, 2017
Replacing a set of the same, back tire is a bit more worn then the front but after 12k+ miles including some dirt, mud, rain, and snow, I'm very satisfied
brian z on Jun 22, 2016
Is the front tubeless? And has anyone used the 90/90 21 on an 1190r & have feedback?
A shopper on Jul 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would love to hear feedback on this too. The TKC80 is awful on the 1190r but that is because of the 2.5" wide rim, which makes the profile so flat it is like riding a wheelbarrow. It would be nice to find a 21" tubeless tire that was actually designed for a 21" tubeless rim (with a round profile so you can turn the bike), in something a bit knobbier than the stock Conti TA2.
How does this tire perform on rainy streets?
A shopper on Oct 7, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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.
How do these perform on rainy wet roads?
David M on Oct 7, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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...
A shopper on Jan 28, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.
Are these tires tubeless?
Joel G on Aug 24, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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.
i own a suzuki dr-z 400SM need a dual sport tire is the Metzeler Karoo 3 Tires recommended for road and offroad?
A S on Sep 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: These tires are typically used on dual-sports and Adventure touring bikes that see miles on the street and off-road. Metzeler considers these tires to be more agressive off road than some of their other models like the Sahara. From my experience they are a 50/50 tire.

This tire has excellent traction off road while still remaining stable on the highway or streets compared to other brands and models I've ridden. They have excellent rear wheel traction and shed mud and debris very well. They wear out relatively quickly on 400lb - 500lb bikes. I imagine that they would last longer on a light bike like a supermoto.

I do recommend these tires.

If you are running them on a supermoto with 17" wheels, please ensure that there is an appropriate size and spec for your front wheel. There may be better choices in tires since you are running them on a supermoto.
what does the TL 65R designation mean in the tire design?
Robert T on Jun 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't see any speed rating in the tire choices on the page. Given that they're a dual sport tire, the speed is going to be low... like 100kph (this is what the sticker on the handlebars of BMW bikes say if they come from the factory with dual sport tires as aggressive as these - e.g. Conti TKC80s, Michelin Anakee Wild, etc.)
I ride a 2014 KTM 1190 Adv R.
The recommended rear tire is 150/70/18. The 140/80/18 is much cheaper.
Has anyone had success in mounting the 140/70 tire on the stock rim?
A shopper on Oct 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It would probably mount but saving a few dollars is probably not worth it plus you loose vital contact patch.
I have a 2003 BMW F650 GS Dakar. The front tire is a 90/90R 21. The rear is a 130/80R 17. Can I use the 140/80-17 TL 69R in place of the 130/80R 17 and run it with a tube?
A shopper on Sep 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I don't see why not ...two years ago I was checking out the 650 and the 800 twin beamer at my local dealer and there is a bunch of clearance between the swing arm and the rear tire like an inch or so on both sides of the stock tire ...and the next size bigger are usually not more than 3/16 to 1/4 inch wider total = a fit ..go for it ! and the Karoo 3 tires can be run with a tube or tubeless ! be careful on wet pavement with the Karoo 3 they will not give you any feed back just before they totally let go ! but anywhere else just pin it and you can drift on about any surface that is dirt or pavement 1st test was on wet grass in my front yard right after rolling out of my garage and dig a 3 inch trench from one end of my front yard to the other ..hit the brakes , spun it around and done it again ..under control no problem !
These tires and if enjoyed them but my question is this. How do you know when it is time to replace them? I didn't see any bars wear bars or indicators.
Matt C on May 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: LOL yes it is a tough one. My back one has worn very fast ( Front is still looking great with a bit of chunks taken out of a few lugs), The rear really wore fast on the HWY. I did a 1500KM HWY then 3500KM backroad trip and then 1500KM on the HWY back ( Total 6500KM (4,000 Miles) and they maybe have 500 KM (300ish miles) left on them as it really wore the Middle lugs down on the Hwy Miles. Kind of disappointing on that level as they were unreal in the Gravel, Sand, Mud and dirt I endured as well as downed trees. Even on the HWY they were super grippy and even good in the twisties in the pouring rain. Mine are on a 2014 BMW R1200GS