Metzeler’s newest rubber is designed for riders who love adventure and off road travel, and will replace the MCE Karoo and MCE Karoo T models.
Unveiled today at the EICMA Milan bike show, the new Karoo 3 tyre will be on sale from spring 2013.
The Karoo 3 is ideal for modern, large and medium capacity bikes which have to travel on both Tarmac and off road, like the latest addition to the BMW family, the water-cooled R1200GS, which can be equipped with Karoo 3s – 120/70 R 19 on the front and the brand new 170/60 R 17 on the rear.
The new tyre is highly versatile, capable of guaranteeing high mileage to all those bikers who love to take on mid to long range travel, provide excellent grip off road, plus excellent stability and handling.
Karoo 3 features:
Compounds use high dispersibility components capable of obtaining a more uniform mix that provides mechanical resistance to lacerations, good news for big mileage
Polyester structure guarantees a sturdy yet flexible tyre as it copes with differing terrain when riding off road, providing good handling and traction
The trapezoid shaped knobs have an innovative geometry that provides progressive off road traction at various lean angles. The “V” shape of the pattern also helps more regular wear on Tarmac. The centre knobs, being larger in size, provide greater stability even at high speeds. Also, the spacing varies from the centre to the shoulder: at the centre the knobs are spaced farther apart to guarantee better penetration in soft terrain, while on the shoulder the knobs are closer together in order to guarantee more rubber on the road and hence more grip when leaning into corners
The Karoo 3 will be available in the following sizes:
110/80 – 19 M/C 59R TL M+S
120/70 R 19 M/C 60T TL M+S
90/90 – 21 M/C 54R TL M+S
150/70 – 17 M/C 69R TL M+S
170/60 R 17 M/C 72T TL M+S
130/80 – 17 M/C 65R M+S
140/80 – 17 M/C 69R M+S
140/80 – 18 M/C 70R M+S
150/70 – 18 M/C 70R M+S