Michelin Anakee 3 Tires
Seems to be satisfying my wants.
The last rear tire (replacement Trail wings for stock Bridgstone Trail wings) on my DL1000 V-Strom Suzuki was worn out by 3900 miles (I ride in the mountains and harder than most). I wanted a tire with at least the adhesion and comfort of the stock tire with better mileage. I have a little more than 1000 miles on the Anakee 3 and am very satisfied with ability to stay in balance, comfort, wet and dry surface traction. I would have given 5 stars if I had enough experience with the 3s to know whether I will get at least 5000 miles. If i do i will surely be replacing with the same and getting the Anakee for the front also.
November 26, 2013
Good grip. Good wear.
Bought these tires before an 8000 mile trip out west. Riding a BMW R1150GS, one up and loaded with gear. Good performance on the slab and in Utah's dirt and gravel and caliche clay. Tires performed well on all surfaces. Both tires now have close to 10k miles and still look good-probably another couple thousand miles of wear left. The tires are a little buzzy at 60-65mph but after getting used to the road noise, it's really not an issue. These tires did their job.
November 25, 2013
Great tire in the rain!
I've had these on my Vstrom for a few months, and have been pretty happy with them, they offer great dry grip, but where I've been most impressed with them is in the wet, which is good, since it rains a lot here in the pwn, and I ride year round.
My only complaints are that it doesn't perform quite as well off road as I thought it would, the road noise at certain speeds is pretty bad, and they're not exactly cheap, but if they last as long as they're supposed too, then it'll be worth it.
November 12, 2013
Great DS rear tire
I've used an Anakee 2 and K60 on the front of my G650gs, and Tourances and a K60 on the rear. The K60 squared off after 5k miles and really affected the overall performance of the bike. Putting the Anakee 3 on the rear was like a breath of fresh air. My speed and turning ability increased on the pavement and I haven't noticed much difference on the dirt from the K60. I ride a 60/40 blend of road/dirt and the Anakee3 might be my go to rear depedning on how well it wears.
Right now I still have the K60 on the front and that's a great combo. The K60 front after 5k miles still looks brand new and I prefer the more aggressive knobs up front, just don't think it's needed on the rear.
November 4, 2013
Couldn't be happier so far!
I have had an Anakee 3 on the rear of my '03 BMW F650GS for about 2.5 months now, and have put a little over 3k miles on them so far. Most of these have been highway/interstate miles, but I have also ridden around town, on some very twisty roads in North Carolia (Cherohala Skyway!!), in the rain, and on some packed dirt/gravel roads.
Overall, this is a phenomenal tire. After 3k miles I can't see any wear at all (although I haven't bothered to bust out my micrometer to measure the treads). They're not knobbies, and I don't have engine/tank guards, so I haven't pushed it in loose dirt. But I have taken a few corners on packed dirt roads harder than I intended and the rear didn't slip even a little, which I find amazing for one that looks VERY street-focused.
On twisty mountain roads, it grips the pavement like glue, even when it's a little wet.
I'll update again with a long-term review, but suffice to say, it's time to replace my front (stock) tire now, and I didn't even bother considering anything but the Anakee 3.
October 30, 2013
Supernatural in the rain
I put the H-rated front tire on my 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650. Fit was perfect. I've got about 5,000 miles on this tire so far in temps from high 30's to mid 90's. I've been on mostly paved roads in good condition, but I've got a little gravel, hard pan, and poor pavement, in on my rides too. I cover some Interstate, urban and about half twisty two-lane country road. I'm an every-day commuter and have been through weather form sunny and dry, to misty drizzle, all the way to nearly hurricane level rain. I add Ride-On tire sealant and balancer to my tires at installation, so I think I get more miles than your average rider. I got about 17,000 miles from the stock Bridgestone Trailwing front tire that this replaced for comparison. I suspect these will go to about the same distance, but maybe a bit less.
So, that's the foundation, here's the review:
Installation was a little tough, the rubber is stiff, but that's not a fault. They have been holding air pressure well, but always check for your ride. The tread looks pretty cool. I was concerned that the angled grip and climbing would be less than most dual purpose tires, because there are not lugs sticking out - but it turned out that's not a problem. Wet traction has been bordering on supernatural. I didn't expect anything to hold like this tire has in the downpours as well as on damp slippery roads.
A few panic stops and swerves have been all solid.
I try to use the whole tire, and not just the center tread, and I find that cornering feel and response is excellent. The tread and tire compound seem well done, though I think silica based compounds wear funny, and round the edges of the tread landscape. The tread does have small triangle bevels built-in that you'll see on close inspection. I guess these must add something to traction, not unlike ridges on a fingerprint that adds grip. Whatever they did, they did it well. On loose gravel in corners, the tires seem to hook up again with the road quickly - which boosts your confidence.
The tires make their own noise at indicated speeds of 50+ MPH. The pitch changes with lean angle too. Nothing I can't live with, but definitely there.
The tire maker says the lug's design clears mud quickly. I haven't hit real mud, but I didn't head to the dirt. I did opt for these tire to help in light snow, since that behaves like mud. These are still untested in the snow, but winter's coming.
I think I'll get less treadwear mileage than stock Trailwings, but the improvement in traction, handling, and leaning confidence are well worth it. Gas mileage seemed to go up a tick or two, but that maybe just due to the weather. So far for my ride, these are a great choice and the biggest compliment is that I'd buy them again - though I would still consider the Pirrelli Scorpion Trails that I have on the rear - also a super wet-traction and high performance cornering tire.
I advise to always get the best tires you can, since your life is riding on them - and these are among that group. Ride Safe - everyday ;)
October 21, 2013
Only had them for a short time but im impressed! get them and you want be disappointed
October 14, 2013
I will buy these again
I have a 650 v strom and I will put these tires on again. My ride has never handled better.
October 7, 2013