Michelin Anakee 3 Tires
Not as good as the OEM Trail Wings on my V-strom
I bought these tyres after my Trail Wings wore out and have about 10,000 km on them so far. They've been fine in such that I've predominately stuck to pavement, and their tread wear has been quite good as well. But overall they don't offer me the confidence my Trail Wings did, on any surface. More over, when you leave the pavement I find them lacking entirely. And recently trying to tackle Weston Pass in Colorado with them, they failed me quite badly, offering very little grip where my Trail Wings worked just fine last year.
I would not recommend them.
I should also note, that I believe the Anakee3s for my V-strom are radials and not bias ply. So what I've said above might not apply to the bias ply versions.
September 5, 2014
What happened Michelin?
Have put 100,000+ miles on Anakee, Anakee2 tires on my 1200GS, and loved them, on and off-road. These things though are a different story. Not confidence inspiring on- or off-road. They slip on tar snakes, are horrible off-road, and feel like they are going to let go on wet pavement. Have put 7000 mi. on the Anakee III tires and they still feel like new tires with the injection mold release coating on them. Front tire has a nasty raised center 1" stripe all around where the rubber has worn different than the rest of the profile. I have raved about Michelins for 10 years, but these things are a mistake. Actively looking for something else.
August 25, 2014
Great on highway, poor on twisty roads
I mounted this tire 80 miles ago on a Honda Transalp 700. As a very frequent Driver (>10000 miles a year) I have tried several tires from Bridgestone Trailwing to Bridgestone Battle Wing and the Anakee II.
Anakee III gives you an unbeatable stability on Highways at any Speed. Mounting the tire already showed that the tire is extremely robust and stiff, this is confirmed on Highways. The tire doesn't tremble at all and gives you a Feeling of Floating over the road as a hooverboat. But as soon as you leave the Highway, there is not much good to say about this tire. Very bad feel, no Feedback at all, very slippery in Corners, feels as if driving on wooden tires (due to high stability on straightforward highspeed). In my part. case there was no noise as often described. If you ride only straight ahead, Anakee 3 is a good Option, but who rides motorcycles this way?
Anakee 3 is def. no improvement after the Anakee 2.
August 23, 2014
Howl on corners at 60 mph
The tires seem like they grip ok however they howl so loud on corners at 50to 65 mph that it is unbearable. I wear a full face helmet and industrial earplugs and the noise from the tires is unbearable. I cannot wait for them to wear out so that I can change them out for another brand.
August 20, 2014
I have these tires on my BMW R1200GS. The grip seems good, although I have not compared to other tires.
The noise is unbearable to me. At around 40 and 60 mph I actually feel ear pain from the noise. I have tried several earplugs to no avail.
The noise may not effect everyone the same as we don't all have the same hearing.
I am looking forward to getting rid of these.
July 29, 2014
I have not been able to get out on my Suzuki DL 650 very much since installing the Michelin Anakee 3 tires. I have managed to put some 1,000 miles on them in an assortment of road surfaces.
Due to so many negative comments about these tires, it was a difficult purchase.
Let me say right here, they are GREAT tires.
I have been very pleased with multiple sets of the Anakee 2 so I felt they would be hard to improve upon. In fact I was fearful the Anakee 3 would not be as good as the Anakee 2 was my favorite road oriented dual sport tire. After using them, I find the 3's to be better tires.
The 3's handle better at high speed on sealed pavement than the 2's. In fact, they lean in better than the 2. (That was always an issue with the 2, not just because of the tires flattening out from too much time on the highway.)
The 3's are maybe slightly better than the 2's on gravel.
I have yet to ride in rain but have little doubt the tire will perform at least as well as the 2, which was a great tire in the rain.
On a variety of roads and road conditions, I have yet to hear the noise that many people complain about on the tires.
It is too soon to tell how well the tires will wear.
So, IMO if you liked the 2's you will really like the 3's!
July 28, 2014
Good tire so far
I have a few thousand miles on this rear tire on a 1200GS and it has done well. I have not done a full offroad trip on the tire. It did do well in deep dry sand. Excellent grip wet and dry and under hard acceleration. Sometimes a little noisy but seems inconsistent.
Overall a great tire. I really liked the 2s but no longer available. I was skeptical of the new tread pattern but it has done very well.
July 23, 2014
Better than expected!
So I have about 1500 miles on the tires thus far. About three hundred of those miles have been assorted dirt, gravel and a short stint completely off road. They ate up those miles well. There were two creek crossings that my previous Scout K60s handled more proficiently. Yesterday I did a 250 mile loop from my home to the McClellan Ferry in North Central Montana. 190 miles of the loop were dirt.
July 21, 2014