Michelin Anakee 3 Tires
I'll start by saying that I was really impressed with the dry and wet pavement grip with these tires when freshly put on my bike. The off-road performance wasn't bad for an 80/20 either. The big problem I've had with now two sets of these tires is that I've had punctures through the treads which have limited my use of these tires to only 6000 miles. There is still plenty of tread left but I don't really trust a tire with a plug in it. The first time was a slow leak but this last episode was a really quick loss of air pressure in my rear tire while going 80 mph down the highway.
February 11, 2015
good tire overall...
This is a nice tire.... Good on road and Light offroad (little mud and stones).... Really really sucks on sand and loose dirt.... No comments on wet traction as I didn't RIDE ir on the rain
February 2, 2015
why didnt i fit these to my bike sooner
had on a set of bridgestone battle ax tires on and they were good but the level of grip i get with these is fantastic almost every conner i go through on my F700 GS i can feel the toe of my boot dragging. the confidence these tires give is amazing as well, honestly they have done a great job with this tire and cant wait to see where they take me.
November 11, 2014
Excellent 80/20 tire choice for a big ADV bike
I ride my Yamaha Super Tenere off-road often but also ride long distances to out-of-the-way locations. I needed a tire I could put lots of miles on and still have off-road traction when I got there. I live in Oregon where it rains a lot and needed good wet-weather traction, especially in the winter. My Anakee 3s are doing all of this for me. I've got 3000 miles on them with no discernible wear yet. They have good all-weather grip and smooth predicable handling in all conditions. They are also very good on the forest roads and trails up here in Oregon. I'm totally satisfied.
November 3, 2014
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