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What dealers are selling the new Metzeler Tourance "EXP's". Has anyone put some miles on a set of these yet? What's your opinion of them?

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I'm also curious about these tires... I am currently rolling on the regular Tourances, but my front is cupped, and my rear is down to wear bars... Oh and did I mention it's also flat? (picked up a nail) Much too worn to plug, so i'm told. What ever is a poor college student to do?:(
 

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SWMoto (swmototires.com) carries the new EXP. I just put some on a week ago. $261 delivered to my door (free shipping when you order two). SWMoto was fast -- I ordered them on a Tuesday and they were delivered to me (in Washington) on Friday. It's too soon to report on their performance yet, but they seem to have a better ride, in general, than my 12,000-mile-old Trailwings.

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SWMoto (swmototires.com) carries the new EXP. I just put some on a week ago. $261 delivered to my door (free shipping when you order two). SWMoto was fast -- I ordered them on a Tuesday and they were delivered to me (in Washington) on Friday. It's too soon to report on their performance yet, but they seem to have a better ride, in general, than my 12,000-mile-old Trailwings.

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Just a quick bump, a month later, how are the exp's working for you? Any difference in opinion?
 

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Hey all,

While I know lots of people say the TWs work for them, in anything other than warm dry weather I hate them. This morning on the way to work (steady rain, about 10 degrees Celsius) taking an easy off ramp turn the front tire stepped out suddenly. :shock: This is not the first time the front end has done that but it will hopefully be the last: I promptly hopped on the internet (hey, if I crash and miss work because of bad tires it ends up costing my employer way more than 30 minutes surfing, right? :mrgreen:) and ordered a set of EXPs. They will be at the shop Tuesday or Wednesday and the guy said I don't need to make an appointment if I stop by with the wheels already off the bike. Is it Tuesday yet?!

I will let you know how they perform when I get them on and have the chance to put a few clicks on them.
 

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Just a quick bump, a month later, how are the exp's working for you? Any difference in opinion?
I'm back from a leisurely 1,800 mile trip through Central Washington, Central Oregon, around Crater Lake, up the coast of Oregon and Washington, over to Victoria, across to Vancouver BC and back home to Washington. There was the occasional rainy day, and the EXPs did just fine. I'm not an agressive, heavy leaner -- my chicken strips remain about a quarter inch wide. It's hard to quantify how well they held their ground, as I never felt a slip or a bump from them in the turns. They ride very smooth, and they look barely used.

I did notice that they seem to fling rocks up a little bit more then the TWs did. Maybe it's time for the fenda extenda!

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Anyone know what the difference is between the regular Tourance and the EXP is?
 
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Anyone know what the difference is between the regular Tourance and the EXP is?
According to Metzeler's online catalog, the Tourance EXP is a slightly more street oriented tire over the regular. They classify regular as 90% ON / 10
% OFF. EXP as 95% ON/ 5% OFF. Based on their catalog, I don't think they expect anyone to touch dirt with the EXP. They don't mention anything about offroading, while the regular states they are okay for "detouring" down inviting fire roads.

Key Features of EXP:

> The Metzeler patented 0° steel belt technology front and rear tire
provides great straight line and braking stability, maximum precision
in the corners - excellent bump absorbtion in full loaded conditions
> Improved compound for excellent grip on wet and dry surfaces
> New tread pattern design engineered to ensure the best on-road
performance in wet and dry weather conditions

I wish they made the Enduro 3 in our sizes, I would be ALL over those!! Split use tire rated at 50/50, right in between Tourance and Karoo II. I bet if they made these they would please a lot of Stromers out there. Lots of riders want beefier tires for dirt use, but don't want to scarific the acclaimed "poor mileage" of Karoo's or TKC80's. I believe that is subjective to the user, as people can complain about any tire. Metzeler does have the new Karoo T, 20% ON / 80% OFF, they look comparable to the stock GS Adv tires. Perhaps they last a bit longer than the original Karoo II's, who knows?

I think I'll be writing Metzeler today and see if they have plans for the Enduro 3...


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I think the regular Karoo is about 20 on, 80 off, not the Karoo T. (Traveler).
That's just what Metzelers catalog says... I downloaded it from their homepage.

MCE Karoo II - USAGE: 10% ON / 90% OFF
MCE KAROO T - USAGE: 20% ON / 80% OFF

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I have been looking for a 60/40 to 70/30 tire. No luck so far.
Let us know if you ever find something, because I would get that too!!!

I wouldn't even mind a 50/50, but they don't make them in our size. I'm bummed that all tires are either 80 on /20 off or vice versa. There really is no middle ground. Seems like they are missing an excellent market for these bikes.

If you search "karoo" on this forum, you will find LOTS of other posts with this dilemna.
 
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