Knobby Tires

My bike waiting to be serviced together with a friend from race control ;)

My bike waiting to be serviced together with a friend from race control 😉

So.

More than 10000 km done on the R 1200 GS Adventure and I brought it in to the dealer to be serviced yesterday. Uneventful results, all A-ok. But the event were the new, lugged tires I had them mount, Metzler Karoo 3, after a semi-desert in South Africa.

Metzeler Karoo 3 tire when freshly mounted.

Metzeler Karoo 3 tire when freshly mounted.


Metzeler Karoo 3 front tire. Note the chevron center lugs, then a gap to both sides, then the side lugs.

Metzeler Karoo 3 front tire. Note the chevron center lugs, then a gap to both sides, then the side lugs.


When I drove away fron the dealer’s, I was in for a surprise. They were very slippery due to the separating agent left on them and dropped into a cant rather suddenly when going through a curve. The gap between the center and the side lugs made it so. Necessary for self-cleaning in the mud, though!
The task for the rest of the day was to wear them in and see if they got better.
Rear tire worn in, no longer slippery.

Rear tire worn in, no longer slippery.


It worked!

Front tire worn in. Now there was no longer any slipperiness or sudden dropping into a banked position.

Front tire worn in. Now there was no longer any slipperiness or sudden dropping into a banked position.


The more I rode them (carefully!) on roads and the few legal dirt roads I could find (damn bureaucracy!), the more they gripped. Once the side lugs lost their glycerin, the transition to being leaned over in a curve got smoother and I could “hang off” again. And they are a blast to ride on gravel and dirt roads. Once you have knobby tires on the Cow, you can plug in an USB stick into a port under the seat to activate another riding mode. It’s called “Enduro Pro” and has no ABS or traction control on the rear wheel, hard damping of the shocks and a steep torque-speed characteristic. In other words: FUN!!!

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