Michelin Anakee 3 Tires
Over 15,000 miles on a set, what?!?
I put these on my 1200 GSA with dynabeads (I rarely go faster than 100 mph) for a Route 66 trip. The first 7,000 miles were heavily laden with gear and a even a passenger at times. I push the limits from time to time, enough that I should get some new pegs before I don't have anywhere to put my feet, and have only had a few instances where the tires broke free slightly under hard acceleration. I blame those times on me not the tires. I've noticed that you can get more mileage from a tire if you spend some time riding on the sides. That, and they cost a lot of money so you may as well use the whole darn thing. Front and back wore in very well together. I have just recently installed my next set and have confidence that I will get at least 10,000 miles out of this set, maybe more if I can hold off the throttle.
April 14, 2014
Very good tire
I did quite a bit of research before replacing the tires on the Strom. I don't go off road very much, but did want good wet weather performance. So far I am very impressed. I have probably put about 500 miles on them, and they have performed a lot better than my aged Battlewings.
They do have a little bit of road noise, but nothing that a set of ear plugs (you should be wearing them anyways) can't fix.
NOTE: I am estimated life time of the tire to be very high based upon reviews on various forums.
April 4, 2014
Definately not for off road use, road noise from front tire.
Fitted Anakee 3s front and rear to my 2012 DL650.
Nice tires, but a few issues let them down:
1. Price ..... quite high compared to the competition.
2. Alot of road noise from the front tire around 40mph.
3. Front is wearing very quickly, maybe 6,000 miles total life. Rear is much better.
4. Grip is good on tar and concrete, but not good off road. Down right dangerous in some light off road situations. These are a 95:5 tire, definately not 80:20.
March 31, 2014
Upgrade from the A2's. Superior Grip.
The A2's were great tires, but michelin made the A3's even better.
They lose in off road performance, but they have more than increased the on road performance, most notably in lean-in feel, stability at speed, and grip through tight turns.
This has made my F800GS become even better as a canyon carver when out touring, and can keep up with sportier bikes without problem.
The lean-in sensation that felt slightly odd in the A2 is gone in the A3, and it inspires much more confidence when falling into the corner.
They are no wear close to Michelin's Power Supersport's but for what is On/Off road tire with decent off road performance, it more than excels on the road and in the twisties at speed.
It handles great in the wet, and I've had no problem riding in heavy downpour with it. Very confidence inspiring and I could feel the road well.
Durability - I've put 4000 miles on them, and they are still going strong, both front and back.
It's lost its chops off road, but it still handles fire roads and less aggressive single track dirt roads well for a tire with this much on-road performance.
I felt confident taking it on dirt roads that were not too wet. It still provided ample traction at all times.
Great buy, dramatic increase in on-road performance.
March 28, 2014
Not as good as the Anakee 2...a step back
Loved the A2, bummed when discontinued but tried the A3 because of the "promises". Rear wears about the same at 4500 but it's squaring and never happened on the A2. I can squeeze a few more miles out of the rear. The front of the A3 is toast now. I got about 10K miles on the A2 front so this is really bad. Same tire pressures, riding conditions etc on both the A2 and A3.
Pavement performance was better but nervous on tire snakes. The little bit of off roading I do on this bike #08GSA#, the A3 sucked. Going to give Metz Next a try. Mich...bring back the A2!!!!
February 23, 2014
4000 miles and wearing well
I installed these on my 2012 Triumph Scrambler and now after 4000 miles I can say that I am happy with my choice. The tires are great on the highway. I no longer even bat an eye at uneven pavement, they are that smooth. It's a huge improvement over the OEM tires. The tires still give good traction on gravel roads, but don't like sand and loose dirt. My biggest beef was the long scrub in time. For the first 1000 miles, I was nervous because of some rear wheel sliding, but now I have my confidence back. They really hold the pavement in a turn. I can't comment on wet traction - I live in the desert. They hardly show signs of wear, but I'll report back as I continue to log the miles. These tires are on my daily driver, so the miles add up quickly.
February 22, 2014
The Anakee 3 on a Super Tenere
On the various motorcycles I have had over the years when I upgraded from the factory tire to a Michelin tire it has always been a significant improvement. The Anakee 3 upgrade from the OEM Bridgestone made a great handling bike into a superb handling bike.
The Yamaha for a big heavy super torque bike it gets great tire wear even on the Bridgestone’s of 7200 miles and could have gotten more. With the Anakee 3’s I am hoping to get 10 to 12 thousand miles from them.
Before the Yamaha Super Tenere I had a Suzuki V-Strom 1000 that I went through two rear tires and one front tire of over 8000 miles on each rear tire of the Anakee 2’s. The Anakee 3 according to Michelin is suppose have a greater life span and I believe they will because I have a 1000 miles on the 3’s now still looking new.
I have maybe 50 miles on dirt and fire roads and the tires and bike have worked better than expected so far never a white knuckle moment. Cornering on pavement I have had no slippage and looking at the rear tire you can see I have used the entire tire from one edge to the other.
On concrete the tire does sing from 45 mph to 60 mph over 60 mph the wind noise takes over and I can’t hear them. Even this is only noticeable when I forgot to wear my ear plugs.
All and all the Anakee 3 is a great tire and an improvement over another great tire the Anakee 2.
January 6, 2014
Great but loud
I ride a triumph tiger 800 roadie. This is the third set of tires I have had on this bike and my favorite so far. I was surprised that the tread pattern did so well in gravel. So far has done well in all conditions. My only complaint is they are LOUD. By far the loudest tire I have had on any motorcycle I have owned. They also corner better than any of the Dual Sport tires I have had, worth the trade off for the noise for me.
December 27, 2013