There’s a new Karoo for 2022, and it is ready to take on off-road adventures. The Metzeler Karoo 4 ADV tire features a big block tread pattern with space between the blocks for off-road traction. Replacing the Karoo 3, the new Karoo 4 positions itself between the pavement-oriented Karoo Street and the seriously off-road Karoo Extreme.Metzeler engineers focused on various improvements for the Karoo 4 compared to its predecessor. Metzeler claims improved traction on wet roads, particularly when cornering. Off-road, the Karoo 4’s blocks are designed to work “especially on soft surfaces, such as sand, mud, and clay,” according to a Metzeler spokesman.
The Karoo 3 featured a chevron pattern for its blocks, while the Karoo 4’s blocks hit the road head-on. The Karoo also has an innovative new style of sidewall blocks with alternating sizes and shapes.According to Metzeler, the “Karoo 4 represents the latest generation of the Metzeler product family designed for on/off use—a tire intended for the equipment of adventure and maxi enduro motorcycles that allows motorcyclists to go beyond the boundaries of adventouring.”Given its positioning as an off-road friendly tire for adventure motorcycles, the Karoo 4’s front tire is only available in 19- and 21-inch sizes. There are three choices of width/profile combinations for 19-inch rims, with 90/90 being the only choice for a 21-inch hoop.The rear tire options are split between 17- and 18-inch wheels. There are four widths for 17-inch rims, and two choices for 18-inch mountings.The Metzler Karoo 4 tire will begin appearing at dealerships in March 2022, though not all sizes will initially be available. List prices for the tires are not available.Metzeler Karoo 4 Tire SizesFront
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
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