Karoo 3 for 990?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Boredsurfer, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. aaronc76

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    Is it evening already?
    Here it is night already! :jjen
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  2. GJ990

    GJ990 Been here awhile

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    I have about 500 miles on the 140 size on my 990 - and about 200 of those off road on everything from rocky hill climbs, to single track, to fire/gravel roads. Tire still looks like new, quite impressive actually.

    I usually run a 908, so it was interesting to find out this thing feels better on the fire/gravel (more lateral stability), and hooked up just fine on dirt/rocks.

    For $95 shipped, what is not to love? :clap
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  5. GJ990

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    Shipped from where? Why the 140? My 908 looks way too stretched. I won't be fitting a 140 on my rim again.
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    Motorcycle-Superstore, and $94 is why! :D

    I think it looks less stretched then that 908, but you be the judge. This is @ 600 miles, majority off-road and looking great. At this point the 140 K60 Scout I tried was already shredding badly, this is much better.


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  7. GJ990

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    You are right, it does look less stretched. And $94 sure is a good reason... I get that it compares well with the 908 off road, but how does it compare on road? What are you running on the front? You have more pics? Sorry for all the questions but this looks interesting :D
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    Well, to clarify my statements, it compares very well on dry, gravel and fire roads so far (in some cases better in my opinion). It also handles loose, rocky climbs in the Cascade foothills well.

    On road, it is far superior in my mind. Quieter, smoother, much better cornering fall in and stability. On road was my least favorite part of the 908, especially here in Pacific Northwest where it is wet often...

    I rotate my front between a Pirelli Scorpion Rally if more dirt, or TKC 80 for more road.
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    I wonder why the 140 is so much cheaper? Because it's a tube type tire maybe? I wonder if the mileage is affected being a tube type versus the tubeless 150? For half the price though, it would have to be less than half the mileage for me to care. I might try one after my 908RR wears out.
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  10. GJ990

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    Weird. Both are rated to 106 mph and 740 lbs. Half the price? makes no sense. And the 140 is more widely available. Seems a good option. I have about 1500-2500 miles left on the 908, so I will be watching these carefully.
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    Okay, since it's finally evening....

    These are about 500 miles in, and this weekend had a good ride spinning them up on gravel and dirt roads a wee bit.

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  12. rossguzzi

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    They look like they would be noisey as hell and feel rough on the back. How is the side grip off road.
    Interesting !
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    Compared to the Tractionator these are effing silent. As it goes now I can hear my front tire over this rear. Unless I'm almost stopped I can't feel it.

    It hooked up just fine on gravel and dirt. Haven't had them in any mud or rain, so I can't speak to that yet.
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    That 140 looks to fit pretty well, suprisingly enough.
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    big the price difference- 150/70-18 MSRP $263.95 VS. 140/80-18 MSRP $129.95!! Specs don't seem to indicate radial vs non-radial; but the price difference would make me think otherwise. The MCE Karoo 2 150/70-18 is a radial.... and the 140/80 is not- same price variance $264 vs $129
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    That would explain it
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    Talk to us Mikee, how do you like the Karoos?


    I'm waiting for a credible opinion on them to pull the trigger.


    I'm running the stock 908's (excellent mud and dirt) but in the street... Here in Miami the sky falls almost every day and the 908's are like a bar of soap on the floor
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    Which size are you planning to get? I'm waiting for the 150, but I haven't been able to find one in stock. Lot's of vendors list them, but the 150s are always out of stock.

    BTW Peter, you've got to post some pics of riding the Baja in Miami. Somehow, that just doesn't compute...:D Actually, I just want to see pics of Miami.:lol3
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  20. mikeegee

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    I took a picture yesterday of the rear tread after about 1700 miles. I'll try to get it posted today.

    As far as me liking the tire, I do and I don't. It is far quieter than the Tractionator since it's softer, but when I look at it it LOOKS like it wears way faster. I have no complaints about traction, but I've only had it out in the dry. I handles the commuting speeds I do around here with no problems, and the one time I had it on dirt/gravel it performed admirably.

    Not sure what the difference in feel would be for the 150 vs the 140.

    For $100, I'd buy it again, but so far this summer I haven't had too much time to really enjoy it anywhere but on the tarmac. For that I'll be moving to a more street orientated tire. For the price, and until the Anakee Wild is available, this would be my go to tire unless I knew I was going to do an absolute ton of off road, then I'd go the Tractionator.
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