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post #1 of 23 Old 03-07-2018, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone tried the Karoo Street? Just came out this year and tempted by marketing. I ride about 85% to 90% Road. Any feedback is appreciated.
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post #2 of 23 Old 03-07-2018, 08:57 PM
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So to buck the logic of buying a ď90/10Ē tire for someone who rides on road 90% of the time, I ride on road ~95% of of the time.
9500 of 10,000 Miles is probably on road. Iíd like to say differently, because I rarely pass a dirt road without going down it, but most of my time is commuting or riding hundreds of miles on road to ride 10s of mile off. In that situation, I find myself happy with a 90/10 tire 100% of the time on road, and unhappy with a 90/10 tire 100% of the time off road. Since riding off road - gravel roads, rocky roads, mountain roads are why I bought the bike, and what brings me a LOT of joy, anything less than a 50/50 tire is a non starter with me.

In contrast, a 50/50 tire (such as Mitas E07, Karoo 3, heidenau k60) leaves me happy on road >95% (100% if I stay below 90mph), and 100% satisfied off road.

Others will have useful points of view, but Iíll never go back to an 80/20, 90/10 or some other such tire if I think there is the remotest chance Iíll ride on gravel, sandy, rocky or muddy roads.

YMMV
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Thanks very much. Seems like sage wisdom and a contradiction from what others (sales folk) are saying to me. Youíve giving me much to ponder. So 50:50 tires will last, allow aggressive turning, and handle safely in rain on the pavement? What about noise? Thanks again
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I am just the opposite of kd70qc. I use Anakee III tires and also explore the occasional dirt/gravel road. I want my road miles to be smooth and quiet and my tires to last a reasonable amount of time. I will compromise in the dirt and seldom ride any mud.

I do the same with my 4Runner. I used to live with the shitty ride of aggressive tires when I seldom used it off-road. I now use a more all-terrain tire.

In the end it is up to you and tires wear out within a season anyway so the commitment is short.

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With my E07ís I can drag a peg on dry roads, and do occasionally. On wet, I donít push my luck. If youíve ridden sport bikes at the limits in the wet you have WAY more experience than me, but I am very comfortable touring (like last year on twisties in the Ozarks in an all day down pour) and commuting on the Mitas.

Iíve read complaints about the k60ís in the wet but donít know first hand.

Regarding durability my E07ís have over 10k miles on them and Iím not going to replace until my next cross country trip. There is a tire thread on this site and on ADVRider where the E07s are discussed with one guy getting 20k miles. I wouldnít do it, they looked shot to me, but he did an Alaska Trip and then some.

Regarding noise, they are louder. They donít howl like 4x4 mud tires, but they hum. They have never bothered me. The wind noise is louder than the tire hum the majority of the time.

BTW, Iím in North central Alabama, ~100 mi south of Nashville, if you want to ride sometime, or if you want to ride my bike with the tires some time before you buy a set.
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Thanks for the additional info. I need to get some tires soon, so will have to make a decision before any test ride, but thanks for offer. Letís stay in touch on a possible ride. I am new to the sport and just day tripping right now but would like to venture out at some point. I live near Murfreesboro and Sloans is doing a ride in south middle TN real soon. You might check their web site. I plan to take one of their trips when the timing works out. Safe riding and thanks for the tire info.
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Thanks for feedback. Looking at YouTube reviews, some are claiming the Anakee 2 was better, but hard to find. My local dealer highly recommends the Anakee 3 like you and says it is good on trails, but that tread looks like a sport bikeís to me. I guess it is in the details of those grooves where the grip happens. There are so many choices I may just give up and replace with OEM Trailwings.
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Do you change your own tires? How tough it the offroad do you do? How far do have to go to get to dirt? Have you shot a glance at the Motor Tractinator GPS I just ordered a set. Hoping they are what everyone says they are.

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I donít change my own tires. Does that matter for selection? I donít do heavy off roading, but when I do get off road, I donít like sliding all over, which is what my worn out trail wings do now. Never heard of those Tractinators, but just checked them out on web. Look a little like the TKC70 I think. How did you discover them? Thanks for info.
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Well expense if you changed your own tires treah life isn't as big a deal and I would point you in the shinko 804/805 direction as they are great 50/50 tires.As for the Motoz's I saw them in a YouTube video originally, then in several forums and read written reviews. Haven't heard a single bad review yet and most say they are excellent on road. My set should be here next week might be a few weeks before I mount them since I don't need them just yet as I run Darkside during the winter. Also make sure your looking at the GPS model they multiple tractionators and the GPS line has reversible tread design one direction is 50/50 the other is more off road.

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