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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 19-Feb-2019, 10:57 PM (206) Thread Starter
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Recommandations on Tires,,, R1200GSA

Heard the Metz Karoo are great
your input please.
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Heard the Metz Karoo are great
your input please.
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One would need to know the type of riding you do and what you are looking for going forward in a tire in order to give you a meaningful response.
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As previously stated, really need to know more about where and how you ride....

I ride 50/50. The Karoo 3s are my "go to" tire. They work equally well in the dirt and on pavement. Dirt-wise they handle everything I've thrown at them, hard-packed, loose, rocks, sand, and even mud. On the pavement there are lots of twisty roads where I live and on the way to the dirt and the grip is excellent. On my Tiger XCx I was easily dragging pegs in the twisties. They are also excellent in the rain.

On the "Con" side; They don't last a long time. I get about 3500-4000 miles out of them. Compare this to Mitas E07 Dakars where I was getting like 7k+. They also take about 100 miles or so to really break-in and become completely confidence inspiring. While initially they do work well, the feedback isn't as good initially. But they do break-in.

Overall I really like them and have no reason to try anything else at this time. Again, though I ride 50/50. If I rode more street, I'd use something else do to the short life-span of the tire.

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I agree. My riding is 98% on the street so I use the Dunlop Roadsmart 3.

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Heard the Metz Karoo are great
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For a fire road and trail yeah. For a track day not so much.
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My riding style is usually 98% pavement
No much at all dirt roads
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My riding style is usually 98% pavement
No much at all dirt roads
Nothing wrong with the OEM tires!
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Nothing wrong with the OEM tires!

I was at the Toronto Motorcycle Show last weekend and talking with one of the companies that BMW recognizes for off road training on the GSAs......Smart Adventures
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The topic of suitable tires came up for taking the BMW 2 days training course. They informed me that the winner of last years Ontario qualifying competition for the 2020 BMW GS International Trophy beat everyone else while using the Michelin Anakee 3s

https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/usa/a...language=en_US

Personally I've run ATV trails on the A3's without the tires letting me down. Any time I had a get off it was my skills that were not up to the abilities of the tires or bike.

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My riding style is usually 98% pavement
No much at all dirt roads
You should consider running street tires. I use the Dunlop Roadsmart 3. It's a sporty touring tire. If you want to keep the illusion of adventure the Dunlop trailsmart is also a very good tire.
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My riding style is usually 98% pavement
No much at all dirt roads
In that case the Anakee 3 is hard to beat. Good street performance, long life, and decent on well maintained dirt roads.
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