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.
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.
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!!!