15 October 2013
Metzeler Karoo Extreme tyres chosen for new Honda CRF450 Rally bike!
Metzeler has been chosen by Team HRC Rally, the Honda works motorcycle rally team, as tyre supplier and technical partner to face the toughest raids and rally competitions in the world together.
Riders Helder Rodrigues, Sam Sunderland and Javier Pizzolito will all ride bikes fitted with the new Karoo Extreme rubber. These tyres – to be used in the competitions in which Team HRC Rally will take part – are prototype tyres not available for general sale because they are specifically developed for competitions in collaboration with Team HRC Rally.
Metzeler has vast experience in the international enduro arena, with not only the Karoo, but the MCE 6 Days Extreme, the 22-times Enduro World Championship-winning tyre.
The rear tyre has been specifically developed to provide a 0-degree steel belt, together with a four-ply carcass and a new generation of compounds featuring Metzeler’s exclusive mixing process: all these elements combined together are able to ensure excellent durability and resistance for the tyre and to offer top performance throughout the entire race.
The front tyre is available in two different versions to cope with all types of terrain, from hard and rocky to soft sand.
Team HRC and its riders will then be able to choose, with the help of onsite Metzeler technicians, the best tyre version depending on the type of off-road stage they have to face.
The 36th edition of the Dakar will take place from 5 to 18 of January 2014 in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.