not good (from sydney australia)
January 26, 2013(Sydney, WV)
1800kms of 30% dirt and 70% 110 kilometer hour tar mostly GONE....om a DL650 wee strom. Worked well on dirt compared to the previous tourances, and so they should, but this was the "T" version and I expected a life of around 6000ks not 2500 which is how long they look like they will last with grip etc. Ok slides on the tar more than entertaining....
Noisy and Short Lived
July 16, 2012(Salt Lake City, UT)
It's a good thing this tire is wearing out so fast, because i cannot stand the noise any more. After about 700 miles of aggressive off road mixed with some pavement, the tread is pretty much gone. Maybe that will quiet things down. The front tire provides decent traction on dirt and gravel, but the rear never had enough tread from the start. Given the longevity issue, it's a terrible value. Still looking for that elusive affordable adventure tire.
Big Improvement Off of pavement
July 11, 2012(Denver, CO)
I mounted this on my 2010 Triumph Scrambler, which I use for dirt road touring and some actual trail riding. Compared to the stock TrailWings, the difference is like night and day. Where the oem tires left me feeling unsecure and unsteady, the Karoo performs great, on and off road. I can't comment on durability, as I have only put a few hundred miles on the tire. I am very pleased with the tire.
Never go back to Non-Radial tires on my KLR 650
June 29, 2012(Hamilton , OH)
Hook up like they should, stable
@ up to 80 MPH(haven't tried any faster lol). Bought a second set and ready to put on, hope they don't discontinue them, everytime I find something that works well, that is what happens.
June 13, 2012(Coalville, UT)
I put these on my V-Strom 1000 and would not buy them again. Not great in the dirt; they do O.K. on the road, I don't like the tread pattern being off-set like it is. Took them about 900 miles so far and it looks like I'll get a max of about 3000 miles out of them. I usually really like Metzler's but not these.
2009 KLR 650 likey
Aaron H. -
September 26, 2011(mount angel, OR)
First off, made in Brazil. These have a very stiff carcass which makes mounting the rear very difficult (for me anyway), but probably equates to a sturdy tire. My KLR hooks up and tracks very well on shallow to deep gravel, much better than the stock 750's. They seem plenty stable on pavement. They didn't slip on their 65 mile maiden voyage of 50/50 street/ gravel. I can't attest to their durability, but don't expect to get over 3k miles out of them and you won't be disappointed.
Arthur V -
August 31, 2011(Westcliffe, CO)
Friends: I am about to mount my second set of Metzler Karoo tires on my 2008 BMW R1200 GSA. The tires seem dangerous on dry pavement for the first 200 miles until the knobs wear in a little bit. After the break in, the tire handles well at steady speeds of 70-80mph and feels stable in high speed turns.
Jared B. -
June 14, 2011(Oshoto, WY)
This tire is SOFT! I ride a KTM 950 SE and it is known to eat rear tires alive, but after about 600 miles with 70% dirt- 30% tarmac mix, the center lugs are pretty well haggard. I am impressed with the Motorcycle Superstore's service etc.. but I cannot afford to put another tire like this on my bike.
So far so good.. more or less.
June 08, 2011(waipahu, HI)
Mine came with my GS adventure. I was surprised at how well they did off road and how stable they are on road. They vibrate and are noisy, which is macho I suppose. Been on them for 1300 miles and by the looks of it, be lucky to get to 2600 with the rear. Center is flattening quickly. Front has barely any wear, but, seems to be misshapen. Had it balanced, still makes a pulsing noise rather than solid whirr of knobs. Really climbs around off road. Bike really gets up and goes in soft sand and sticks to mud. Had Avon Am24s on my KLR and tourance on my f650. They were useless. Knobbies are the only way to do single track on anything other than slick rock, and they're fine for slick rock as well. Was planning on going to TKC80 for next set, due to the rapid wear on the karoos, but may stick with a set of karoos instead.
What I expected
January 28, 2011(Lakeville, IN)
For an aggressive Dual Sport tire the Metzler MCE does a good job in most venues. On Road it is noisy as it is a full knob! It grips well on dry pavement, slips a little in the wet. It grips wet pavement better than others I've used on my smaller machine (XR 650L Honda). Wear could be better. I made it about 2800 miles with about a 50/50 mix of pavement and off pavement with a fully loaded (bagged) KTM 990 Adv on a trip.
Good traction off road with better control in mud than I expected with a 650# machine
Priced reasonable enough I'm keeping a set "in stock" for some of my more "adventuresome" rides. I guess really I got a little more than I expected!