Metzeler MCE Karoo Rear Tire

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150/70R-18

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Metzeler MCE Karoo Rear Tire
  • Designed for large-displacement, heavy, high-speed dual-purpose bikes
  • Knobs are aggressive enough for off-road traction, but adapted for smooth street performance
  • Carcass is reinforced for extended off-road touring
  • DOT certified; R-speed rated
**Note: 150/70R17,18 = TL, radial carcass design with 0° steel belted constructin.
  • Item # 5374
  • SKU #44172
  • Mfr. Part # 1268800

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karoos on the klr are awesome. commuting 25 miles one way on mostly 2 lane roads. handling in wet or dry is great. getting great wear. better than irc, or maxxis. ive tried both. the karoos are better on and off the road. love these tires and will definitely buy again.

mike - June 10, 2010

(franklin, NC)

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Big Improvement Off of pavement

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.

Jon - July 11, 2012

(Denver, CO)

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So far so good.. more or less.

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.

badargs - June 08, 2011

(waipahu, HI)

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2009 KLR 650 likey

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.

Aaron H. - September 26, 2011

(mount angel, OR)

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noise

The tire does the job in sand and hard terrain but becomes very noisy on the road above 30 mph. The bike is a lot lighter and unstable in the street than with the tourance tires, which are 70/30.

edgar m - December 30, 2009

(murrieta, CA)

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Metzeler MCE Karoo 2 Rear Tire

Haven't had it on the bike long (Suzuki DR 350). As with all the Metzeler tires I have purchased in the past, this one lives up to my expectations. Have taken it on and off road. For a full knob it isn't too buzzy on the street, fairly good hook up an the rock and sand we ride in AZ. This sort of terrain is hard on tires and I can usually tell after the first ride whether it is going to hold up or not. It probably isn't a great mud tire. As with most dual sport items (including the bikes themselves)they don't do any one thing great but as an all around tire it is much better than others I have tried.

Allyn - April 15, 2010

(Tucson, AZ)

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Metzler Karoo

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.

Arthur V - August 31, 2011

(Westcliffe, CO)

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Never go back to Non-Radial tires on my KLR 650

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.

Ralph - June 29, 2012

(Hamilton , OH)

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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!

Gary - January 28, 2011

(Lakeville, IN)

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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.

Stomboli - June 13, 2012

(Coalville, UT)

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Metzler Karoo

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.

Jared B. - June 14, 2011

(Oshoto, WY)

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Noisy and Short Lived

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.

Matz - July 16, 2012

(Salt Lake City, UT)

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Waste of my Money

About 400 miles ago I mounted this 140-80-18 on my 2014 KTM 500EXC. The tire is already trashed; I have never witnessed a tire wear so fast! I also will give more attention to Motorcycle Superstore’s "Customer Reviews" before I purchase future products. (Note: There are a lot of negative reviews on this product) I won’t be buying Metzelers for any of the three bikes that I own again!

Jon - July 30, 2014

(Vista, CA)

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not good (from sydney australia)

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....

stephen - January 26, 2013

(Sydney, WV)

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