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Old 11-25-2014, 05:10 PM   #1
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Trip report and Karoo 3 mileage

Just got back from a round trip Reno, Nevada to Cabo San lucas. Great trip. GSAW performed flawlessly.
I put a new set of Karoo 3s on before I left. Put about 200 miles on before the trip.
The trip was 4045 miles, so the tires have about 4250 miles on them.
The front tire still has the groove in the center lug. It can go at least another 4000 miles.
The rear is a different story. The groove in the center lug was gone when I got to Cabo, about 2000 miles total.
Here are pictures of the rear at 4250 miles. Not quite to the wear bars.

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Conditions of the trip, and tire wear.
2014 R1200GSA; no passenger; left pannier full of clothes, etc.; right pannier had tools, first aid kit, pump, etc.; top box was basically empty; pre-load set to 2 helmets; suspension set to normal; maximum 100 miles off road out of the 4250; at least 50% on cruise control, 65-75 mph; about 90-95% flat and straight; 5-10% twisties; no rain or wetness.

I did like the way the tires handled the twisties we had. Very confidence inspiring.

The bike and tires easily handled the packed dirt (and rocky) roads. There was a bit of sand at one spot, and the bike and tires did fine.

This rear has a little bit of life left, but would not provide good grip in the dirt, in my opinion.

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Old 11-25-2014, 05:14 PM   #2
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Thank you for that!
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:30 PM   #3
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It seems like it would it be fair to say you can get 2 to 1 R/F per 7.5k mi of 80% on road use.

Would you guess it was the slab that killed them so more twisty back roads might have more even wear? I'm trying to decide if I want to go Tourance or Karoo 3 for the next set - my Tourances are almost shot so it's hard to say how badly I need more tire on dirt/gravel vs just needing fresh ones. Any perspective on how much road grip I give up here for a bit more confidence off it?
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:35 PM   #4
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rear at 4250 miles ... maximum 100 miles off road out of the 4250 ... 65-75 mph ...... about 90-95% flat and straight .... 5-10% twisties
thanks for the review.

4260 miles is about 6800 kms.
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Old 11-26-2014, 02:45 AM   #5
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Nice mileage report. What pressures were you running?


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Old 11-26-2014, 08:43 AM   #6
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I realized after I sent it with all the details....I forgot the tire pressures.
Front: 36 Rear: 40
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:46 AM   #7
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Excellent. I have been running 36/42 loaded with a passenger. Off road 30/30 seems to work well. I have gone down to 25 but didn't notice a difference from 30 so I will save my rims as much as possible...rolling on alloys.


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Old 11-26-2014, 04:35 PM   #8
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Thanks for the update, I'm getting similar feedback and results but half your mileage...
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Old 11-26-2014, 05:05 PM   #9
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Thanks for the informative review...

I just installed my third set of Heidenau's on my GS. I wanted to try the Karoo 3's but wasn't sure of the life span. They look like a great tire and I like the tread pattern. Here in AZ though, the Heidenau's work well and I get 10K per set.
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Old 11-26-2014, 09:50 PM   #10
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I just installed my third set of Heidenau's on my GS. I wanted to try the Karoo 3's but wasn't sure of the life span. They look like a great tire and I like the tread pattern. Here in AZ though, the Heidenau's work well and I get 10K per set.

You can expect half the mileage but double or triple the performance. In AZ you should be able to get away with the K60 since it doesn't rain. In wet climates the K60 sucks.


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