New Metzelers for the GS...

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by deWog, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. deWog

    deWog Been here awhile

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    Just launched, the new Karoo 3

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  2. BMW JEEP

    BMW JEEP Been here awhile

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    Wow, if form equals function, those look like a great 70/30 dual sport. Kinda like a cross between the Heideau Scout and the Karoo 2. Where did you find those? They weren't even on the Metzeler homepage.
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  3. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    I'm game. Somebody find where I can buy a rear.
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  4. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Any additional information available, like grip or tread life compared to past versions?
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  5. Okie Preacher

    Okie Preacher Long timer

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    Given your track record with new tires and your throttle habits, I am thinking 2,500 miles tops! :lol3
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  6. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    I'm ever hopeful. ;) Gonna go look at my TKC rear now. Poor bastard.
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  7. mcstark

    mcstark Living brappy...

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    Now that looks like the perfect GS tire, and coming from Metzeler, I'm hoping it wears like iron.
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  8. Versys_User

    Versys_User Kingof9

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    you think it may run like a tractor tire?

    with those big grooves in between blocks and no center rubber
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  9. Mike Ryder

    Mike Ryder Kriegerkuh

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    spring 2013.

    http://www.motoblog.it/post/84773/metzeler-presenta-i-nuovi-pneumatici-da-enduro-karoo-3

    Karoo 3 sarà in vendita a partire dalla primavera 2013 e sostituirà gli attuali modelli in gamma MCE Karoo e MCE Karoo T. Il nuovo pneumatico sarà disponibile nelle misure: 110/80 - 19 M/C 59R TL, 120/70 R 19 M/C 60T TL, 90/90 - 21 M/C 54R TL all’anteriore. Per il posteriore invece: 150/70 - 17 M/C 69R TL, 170/60 R 17 M/C 72T TL, 130/80 - 17 M/C 65R, 140/80 - 17 M/C 69R, 140/80 - 18 M/C 70R, 150/70 - 18 M/C 70R. Tutte le misure disponibili sono contrassegnate con la dicitura M+S “all season”
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  10. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    After the world premiere of the new tire enduro street Tourance Next at INTERMOT, Metzeler presents EICMA another jewel of the range 2013: 3 Karoo , tires with inserts intended for riders who like adventure and want to use their bikes for long trips off road and raid Africans. Karoo 3 fits perfectly on modern enduro large and mid-size that should be used in both on-road as off-road, just as the latest addition to the BMW R 1200 GS, which can be equipped with just the latter product measuring 120/70 R 19 at the front and nell'inedita 170/60 R 17 at the rear.
    The new Karoo 3 is a very versatile product able to guarantee to all those bikers who love travel, medium and long range, a high mileage , excellent grip in off-road , a stability notch and excellent handling . All important when you consider that riders often have to travel many miles of asphalt before they reach their destination off road.
    These are the main improvements of the new Karoo 3 compared to their predecessors MCE Karoo and MCE Karoo T:
    - the compounds of the new Karoo 3 use components in high dispersibility able to obtain a more homogeneous compound which offers greater mechanical resistance to tearing, for the benefit of the mileage , while maintaining high damping capacity.
    - The structure of polyester provides strength and flexibility at the same time because the tire is able to copy perfectly the ground unevenness in contexts for the benefit of off-road handling and traction.
    As regards the design of the tread , the plugs from the trapezoidal shape presenting an innovative geometry of the dowel that ensures traction off road progressive to different bending angles. The V shape of the drawing, given by block arrangement, optimally distributes the lines of force transmitted to the ground for the benefit of more regular wear on asphalt.
    The center blocks, being large, reduce their mobility in favor of greater stability even at high speeds. Furthermore, their spacing is variable from the center to the shoulder: the center the dowels more spaced ensure better penetration into the ground offering better traction in off road, on the shoulder instead of the dowels are closer to each other to ensure greater flat tire in the fold on asphalt in favor of the grip.
    Karoo 3 will go on sale from spring 2013 and will replace the current models in the range and MCE Karoo MCE Karoo T. The new tire will be available in sizes: 110/80 - 19 M / C 59R TL 120/70 R 19 M / C 60T TL, 90/90 - 21 M / C 54R TL front. To the rear instead: 150/70 - 17 M / C 69R TL 170/60 R 17 M / C 72T TL 130/80 - 17 M / C 65R, 140/80 - 17 M / C 69R, 140/80 - 18 M / C 70R, 150/70 - 18 M / C 70R. All available sizes are marked with the words M + S "all season".

    They look like a nice cross between a Tourance and a TKC. With the Tourance influence...they'll probably ride better on road...yet retain the traction of the TKC.

    Hello Metzeler: I'd like to sign up to test these. PM me.
    jdub is also in line for testing...just BEHIND me! :rofl
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  11. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Looks awesome!

    We need some riding impressions, stat!
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  12. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    It's about time some fresh off-road oriented rubber comes out of the big OEMs. I'm in line for beta testing!
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  13. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    :lol3 Man oh man.. I knew you'd be all over this...:lol3

    Looking foreword to your assessment on the new meat....:deal
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  14. deWog

    deWog Been here awhile

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    Thanks LaurelPerryOnLand..........that's a surprisingly accurate translation.

    - well done!!
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  15. LaurelPerryOnLand

    LaurelPerryOnLand Long timer

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    il tuo benvenuto.

    Ciao!
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  16. aGremlin

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    slowoldguy in a tyre thread, how surprising :D

    Did I miss a new Tourance as well? Press release refers to one...

    Still interested by this Karoo 3. I wonder if we're going to see a sudden release of new tyres, what with the new GS having different sizes...
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  17. Graniteone

    Graniteone 3,2,1...Beer me!

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    Looks interesting. I like the aggressive look. I hope they perform better than the Heidenau's on road in the wet.
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  18. BMW JEEP

    BMW JEEP Been here awhile

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    The detailed description (after translation, thanks) is quite thorough, but they don't even mention grip on wet asphalt. I'm anxious to see reviews and whether or not these turn out to be like the Heideau Scouts. Could be they look and sound good, but turn out to be finicky like the Heideaus on wet asphalt. I think I'll wait for the jury to return before getting too excited.
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  19. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Yeah. Yeah.

    I was gonna start a tire blog. But then I realized that all it was gonna say was "Put new tire on. Rode like an idiot. Tire now gone. Looking for new tire." Feck that. I can do that here. :deal

    Lusting after the Mefo rears my nephews are running on their big Katooms. What a good looking tire. We'll see how it lasts under their genetically defective throttle hands.
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  20. cobrags

    cobrags Lost ADVR

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    Sweet, new tires!!!
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