Metzeler karoo 3

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by mikijakovadv, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. clintonl

    clintonl Been here awhile

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    yes, personally i'm going to wait and see how others get on with them first.
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  2. slowoldguy

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    Heck , I am just trying to get to guinea pig status. I have a ride this weekend and no tire ( worth putting on).
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  3. SpeedyR

    SpeedyR SE in the SE

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    they are in the US. The issue some are having is the radial/GS sizes are made in Germany and would be on different production schedules, than the bias tires (most of the other sizes) which are made in Brazil. I don't know exactly what sizes are in the US but at least some of them are here, the rest are at least on the way from a source at Metzeler NA. there hasn't been any recall on tires. hard to recall what's not out yet lol. I"m sure that BMW and Metzeler did lots of testing wtih the tires before they decided to put them on the bikes as an OE fitment. it's not just a shot in the dark these days for what tires to put on the bikes. The suspension and many things on the bikes are geared specifically for the tires. Read the road racing world track test on the Ducati Paningale when it came out. Ducati NA wouldn't give them a test bike unless it was ridden on the track with the OE tires as the traction control was developed around the diameter and shape of the OE tires. Change the tires and all bets were off (pro rider wise) with the TC. interesting reading..

    anyway hopefully the tires will be the holy grail of MC DS tires. :D
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  4. cliffy109

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    So I am dropping my bike off for its 48,000 mile service this afternoon. I am going to have the Karoo 3 tire installed at the same time, even if they only have the rear. I am hoping to hear from them later today that the front has arrived as well, but since it is in anyway, I figure I'll get the rear taken care of now and wait for the front.
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  5. JustKip

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    :ear
    ...only bigger
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  6. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    AMT told me today that have the 21" fronts but no others yet.


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  7. slowoldguy

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    Still can't find a place to order . Wtf is up?
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  8. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I'm ready to buy 2 and nobody has what I need !!!.


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  9. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Yup. I want to try the rear tires on my KLR and my ADV. Got TKC's ready to mount on the fronts.
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  10. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    We are heading to Deadhorse in June.

    My wife will be riding this...
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    And I will be riding this..
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    Both bikes will have TKC's on the front and Karoo 3's on the rear ( if the Karoo's ever get here !!. )


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  11. BMW JEEP

    BMW JEEP Been here awhile

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    All of the new WC's at A&S here in Sacramento are outfitted with the Tourance Next.

    Those are actually receiving better reviews than most predicted. The treads are quite different from the Tourance and the EXP, but they are deeper cut threads than pics do justice. If I bought new GS, I'd give those a chance before immediately buying any other of the newer dual sport tires. JMHO.

    Curt
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  12. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    I've seen them and ridden them on a new GSW. Felt great on the street. Not nearly aggressive enough for dirt riding. Headed in the wrong direction for me as is the Anakee.
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  13. Tex76

    Tex76 Motersykle Advntyers

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    Just a heads up, I got an email from RevZilla telling the Karoo was available for order. I've got a 3k mile old K60 on right now so I won't need new rubber for awhile :cry but would love to hear how this handles in the real world.

    ***Edit-Open mouth, insert foot once again. Sorry guys. I had told them to email me when the tire was available, but had apparently picked the tire size for my DR650 90/90-21. That shows as available but no love on the GS sizes yet. Sorry!!
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  14. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Thats GREAT news,hopefully it means others will have them soon.I found a place that has them almost 10% cheaper and I don't need them for another month or so.


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  15. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Aargh. It's Sunday. Of course they're available. lol Now to go check.
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  16. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Still says no gotty. Hmm. Won't let me order.
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  17. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Oh. That's real fucking helpful. Thanks. ;)
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  18. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    They appear to have the 21 front 18 rear. Maybe I ought to buy that 950 Erzberg.
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  19. JustKip

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    How would you compare it to a Tourance (not EXP) or Anakee II? Any more dirt road friendly?
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  20. slowoldguy

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    Can't compare it on dirt. I was taking a wild ass un-educated guess based on what it looked like. Sorry. Shitty eval. On the street it tracked true. That 120/170 combo held a nice line through some smooth 40's (but I didn't wick it up that much as the nervous owner was following me. Probably ran it about 6/10ths as opposed to my usual 8/10ths.) Grooves are deep so maybe..but I just don't see it.

    Woodbutcher has a new A3 and he says straight up and down dirt is OK but the grooves don't run all the way to the edge and more aggressive dirt riders are complaining of no traction when leaned over.

    I gotta think this is similar.