Michelin Anakee 3 Tires
So far so good with about 750 miles in the tires.
Just replaced the worn out stock Bridgestone Trail Wings on my Suzuki V-Strom 650. I liked the confidence inspiring stickiness of the stock tires in tight curves, but I wore out the rear tire in about 4,500 miles. Hoping for better life out of these new Anakee III's. Most of my riding is on the Blue Ridge Parkway and other twisties in Central Virginia. Pretty abrasive pavement. My Anakee III's do not howl as mentioned in other reviews. I can't hear them at all. They seem to fall into curves smoothly and hold well. I like 'em so far. I suspect they are better suited for Parkway curves than 4 - lane straight-up riding most of the time. These tires need to get leaned over frequently to wear properly, I'm guessing.
One curious thing I've noticed about them... I'm not a super aggressive rider; it's rare for me to scrap a peg on any bike. But, I noticed that my Anakee III's are scuffed all the way to the edge of the tread design. No chicken strip like most of my tires exhibit.
October 20, 2014
Less street performance than expected
I ride a 2012 BMW 1200 GSA about 90/10. I push the limits on the street, but only get from A to B when off pavement. Anakee 3 on the back was an improvement for mileage and being able to dig into softer surfaces over Anakee 2. I have been disappointed with Anakee 3 on the front though. Its limits are noticeably less than the Anakee 2 for sport bike like street use. The front also felt nervous and was noisy for the first several thousand miles of highway travel. Worst feature though is the way it loses feel over tar snakes. On the plus side, it seems to resist washout better through loose gravel and does well in the rain. Bottom line is that for pushing hard on the streets, Anakee 3 on the front does not suit me.
September 25, 2014
Okay for the DL650
I am just about to replace the front Anakee 3 on my Suzuki DL650. It has thoroughly worn very evenly across the profile and around circumference after 6500 miles. The front and rear Anakee3s were put on at the same time and the rear has perhaps a another 5000-6000 miles to go. This I find odd. On all other bikes that I've had, I've generally worn out two rears to every one front. The DL650 has always worn out the factory brand front and rear at the same time, in about 8500 miles. I hadn't noticed any unusual noise beyond what other brands produced. I most often travel fast crooked poor quality roads on my daily 56 mile commute and take the occasional pleasure trip with a few unpaved roads here and there and the Anakees have performed very nicely. I think I'll put another Anakee3 up front to run off the Anakee3 rear and switch back to the factory brand. Not really a glowing recommendation I guess, but I liked the factory brand tires and I like replacing both tires at the same time. Nothing like the confident feel of new rubber all the way around. I hope this is helpful.
September 15, 2014
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