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My riding style is usually 98% pavement
No much at all dirt roads
Pirelli Scorpian II's just in case you decide to get off on a fire road. I once had a set of Dunlop Roadsmart III's (100% street) on my GSA during a long distance trip of pavement roads and the bike was very smooth and quiet.
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Metzler Karoos have one downfall. As you look at the tire all the spaces between the knobs line up perpendicular to the tire. This causes a tendency for the front tire to slide out on a corner in loose gravel. I would recommend a tire that does not have this characteristic such as Anakee 2 or my favorite the Shinko 705. The 705's are a 70pavement-30dirt tire. In my experience they grip and wear well and are quite inexpensive.
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Metzler Karoos have one downfall. As you look at the tire all the spaces between the knobs line up perpendicular to the tire. This causes a tendency for the front tire to slide out on a corner in loose gravel. I would recommend a tire that does not have this characteristic such as Anakee 2 or my favorite the Shinko 705. The 705's are a 70pavement-30dirt tire. In my experience they grip and wear well and are quite inexpensive.
This video shows what can go wrong with the Shinko 705. I'm not saying not to run them, just keep an eye on them.


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7,000 Kms on the Karoo 3s on my GSA and still about 3mm from a wear bar. The rear tire wear has slowed dramatically the last few thousand Kms, I'm guessing its because the tire has a flatter surface rather than round creating more surface area and reducing the wear.

The tires have been excellent in rain, dry, fire roads and trails, my only gripe is the loud howl from the front tire.

I've been thinking of trying the Anlas Capra X for something different, not many online reviews so I don't know how good they are, but supposedly they are quieter

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This video shows what can go wrong with the Shinko 705. I'm not saying not to run them, just keep an eye on them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du2qDoy7IEM
I've never seen that on any of the last 10 rear Shinko 705 I ran, but I never got much more than 4K miles out of a rear tire!
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I've been thinking of trying the Anlas Capra X for something different, not many online reviews so I don't know how good they are, but supposedly they are quieter
There are some blog reviews of the Capra Xs out there, but sadly no english language youtube reviews. I'd love to see a Chaparral Motorsports type video review. You may have seen this one:

https://ridewithjools.com/2017/03/23...omment-page-1/

I'm getting the Capra Xs installed tomorrow.
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Had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong.
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I've never seen that on any of the last 10 rear Shinko 705 I ran, but I never got much more than 4K miles out of a rear tire!
This guy reported the same problem:

Probably rare, but scary!

Had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong.
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My riding style is usually 98% pavement
No much at all dirt roads
Metzeler Roadtec 01s are fantastic on pavement.

Had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong.
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I used to run Anakee3's on my 2014 1200 GSW but found that the rear squared off very early (around 3-4,000 kms) in tire life.

I went to Avon Trailriders and they are now my "go to tire".
Wonderful in all road conditions, quieter than Anakee3's (although that was never a issue for me), and better off road than the Anakee3's.
When I mean off road, I'm referring dirt and gravel roads.

For more extreme off roads, the Anlas would be better.
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This guy reported the same problem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa94BCF9-VY

Probably rare, but scary!
Doing a Google search brings up some other instances of delamination on bias ply versions of the 705. I didn't see any issues with radial version of 705.
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