Interesting, but not in a good way...
My experience with the Anakee Wilds began in June 2016. I was replacing a set of TKC70s and a couple sets of TKC80s before the 70s. I loved the 80s, but 1500mi per rear is absurd, so I went to the 70s. The 70s were good in terms of versatility and traction, but the front was cupped by about 2,500 miles, and so far out of round that it did not seem safe after about 4,000 miles. I needed a different solution to my tire problem. It happens that I use the same shop to mount my tires as Dmitri who has also reviewed the Wilds here, and that shop's input regarding his experience was part of the reason I purchased these tires. Unfortunately, I had a very different experience than Dmitri.
First, the install shop recommended running the tires a low pressure. When I picked the bike up, the front was set at about 29, and the rear was around 35. This seemed concerningly low to me. I called BMW for another opinion, and at their recommendation, I followed a typical break-in procedure using BMW recommended pressure for a 2015 R1200 GSA (36F/42R), and rode conservatively for about 150-175 miles. I have since reduced the riding pressure to 34F and 40R (see below).
Then, I went on a round trip from Denver to Taos and a few long day rides of 300-400 miles per day in the mountains in CO. This riding included roughly a 75/25 mix of on-road to off-road. The on-road was minimal interstate and mostly state and county roads that would rate highly on the Butler Maps eval scale (curvy, good road surface, etc.). The off-road was a mix ranging from graded county roads and rail beds to some two-track and single track riding across moderate/intermediate off road trails in clear weather (in CO, this means sandy and hard packed dirt, with lots of rocks and very little mud). I generally ride aggressively on-road and am experienced in mountain riding in that regard. I am conservative off road and ride like I have something to loose-- I take my time, work on off road skills, and enjoy the experience.
So, with that in mind, I noticed the following pros/cons:
* Decent-to-good overall off road. Not as good as the TKC80s, and a good bit better than the TKC70s. Let's call them TKC80 Light in the dirt, with longer tread wear.
* I did not notice tread chunking off road, but I am not ripping around off road-- just moderate pace. They seem stoutly constructed to me.
* Hold pressure well. I'm not sure what causes this, but I check pressure before every ride, and I rarely need to add air to these tires.
* Dirt Braking. Dirt braking is good-- steady, relatively short, predictable, seems safe and confidence inspiring.
* Wet performance is mostly good. Mostly... (See below)
* I guess they look cool..? People ask you about them, so I suppose they help you make new friends..?
* Aggressive riding on-road, on a variety of pavement types, has been sphincter-puckering. As an example, at around the 500 mile mark I was riding through a canyon in western CO, and a friend who was riding behind me said that he was pretty sure I was going to high-side. That guy is a life-long track guy and a huge Michelin fan. I agree with him. The bike felt like it was on BBs; vague, loose bordering on drifty, and definitely unpredictable. This led to a solid month of obsessive pressure checking whenever I was riding. I was using multiple high-precision gauges (Longacre, Joes, etc.) that have been verified accurate. It's the tires. I aired-down to 34F and 40R and have been riding that way since. The pressure drop helped a little, but increased the wear noticeably.
* Wet performance is mostly good, but occasionally feels very unpredictable in corners. There does not seem to be any rhyme or reason to this-- temperature, road surface quality, amount of water, etc. are all irrelevant to the Jekyl and Hyde nature of these tires. Turn-by-turn goes like this: they are fine, fine, totally sketchy, fine, totally sketchy, etc. all in a few minute period. Fun times.
* Wear on the rear is better than TKC80s for sure, but still only seems to be about 3,500 - 4,000 based on my experience and others I have talked to. That's considerably less than what I heard from dealers before purchasing.
* Turn initiation and departure is bad. This tire takes deliberate effort, and takes away the majority of the road feel and finesse when riding on road. Plan to see your traction control light a lot of the time if you make a habit of accelerating hard out of corners.
* The highway... another frightening place for the Anakee Wilds. Much like aggressive riding on the twisties, these tires are vague and splashy above roughly 80-85, and the bike feels like it's floating and disconnected from the road by the time you're approaching 100. While I know that many people never go this fast, but consider this: when passing on two lane mountain roads, you need to get by quickly in relatively short/rare straights where passing is permitted. Thus, on a 60 or 65 mph speed limit road, when you roll on to pass quickly and safely, you typically end up in the 80s. This is a bad time to have unpredictable handling.
* Road Braking. As others have said, the front end is unsteady under hard braking, and my sense is that I'm into the ABS more easily on the rear than I would be with TKC 80s.
* Cost. These are not cheap tires.
In summary, I do not see these tires as a good value. They do not deliver as promised. They are generally well rounded off road tires that perform considerably worse on road than TKC80s, but have somewhat longer tread life. I'm not sure whether I'd call them dangerous, but I would say with absolute certainty that I will never buy them again and have already dissuaded a couple buddies from buying them simply by letting them ride my bike for 10-15 miles. I didn't have to say anything. It's that evident.
I'm disappointed. I really, really wanted to like these tires.
The ideal use of the Anakee Wild is as a longer-mileage moderate off road tire. Perhaps for something like a longer BDR trip with little to no pavement and no rowdy off road.
Good luck. Have fun and be safe!