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Michelin Anakee Wild Tires

The Michelin Anakee Wild Tires offer a more aggressive 50/50 design to get you over the river and through the woods. Updated compounds, combined with an innovative tread pattern inspired by Michelin's Dakar winning Desert Race tire, offer extraordinary longevity for extended adventures. Offset blocks and curved tread grooves provide true off-road performance, especially in soft and challenging conditions and, in addition to proven off-road performance, the front/rear casing design ensures impeccable on-road stability. With sizes specifically made for larger ADV bikes, the Anakee 3 Wild Tires will help you put that extra HP to the ground in a way that matters.

Features:

  • An off-road version of the popular Anakee III
  • Ideal for riders who like to take their bikes on the trails
  • Designed for 50% on and 50% off-road use
3.4 / 5
Bang For The Buck
3.2 / 5
Features
4.2 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Grip
3.7 / 5
Tread Life
3.1 / 5
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Front / 120/70R19 60R TT/TL 1088439 49369 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Front / 90/90B21 54R TT/TL 1206730 58061 Available: Requires 1-3 business days lead time prior to shipment
Front / 110/80R19 59R TT/TL 1088274 19143 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Rear / 170/60R17 72R TT/TL 1088441 98314 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
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Wildly Aggressive
8 months and 9,000 miles later, my R1200GSA seems to be liking the new tires even more than I do! When I was approached by Michelin and was offered to test-ride the new Michelin Anakee Wild for the water-cooled R1200 GS’s, I was quite skeptical. “A new 40/60” I originally thought. Never having seen the tire before, I did a quick research to find out that the tread design was not like the competitors’. The tire initially looks like an oversized true knobby tire, almost like the ones we use on our single-cylinder bikes. And apparently, that was not too far from truth!

Before we begin, let’s talk about some technical details. When BMW announced the specs of the 2013 water-cooled GS, many of us wondered if they made a typo in the press release with the tire sizes. Unfortunately, the first reviews confirmed the not so common 120/70 R19 front and 170/60 R17 rear. We knew immediately that our choices would be limited for off-road or mixed-use tires. And for riders like myself, who like “getting dirty” our options were even less. In fact, at that time there was only one manufacturer who would offer tires which can be considered suitable for a little bit more… aggressive off-road use. The only alternative would be leaving the manufacturers recommended sizes or even replace the wheels. And then comes Michelin.

To add to this, the Anakee Wild tires are radials. Yes, you read that right. Not a surprise from the inventor of the radial tire technology from back in 1946. In short, a radial tire will allow the sidewall and the tread to function as two autonomous features of the tire. While a bias tire consists of multiple rubber plies which over lapping each other. The crown and sidewalls are also interdependent. Thus the overlapped plies form a thick layer that is less flexible and more sensitive to overheating. There are numerous well-put articles by professionals who explain in great detail the pros of a radial tire.

Back to our test, I received the Anakee Wild set in July 2015, right before the GS Gypsy Tour and the MOA Rally. What a better test-ride than 3,500 miles of mixed highway and off-road single tracks and ATV trails! Since I already had a little bit of thread on my existing tires, I decided to try and change them mid-trip using nothing but the tools we carry on the bike. This was going to be a real-time test!

When it was time to fit the tires, I made sure they stayed under the mild July Colorado sun for the entire day. Undeniably, this helped a lot since the tires where extremely easy to fit. I even had to break and seal the bead on the rear twice, due to a… user error. I had no problems either breaking or sealing the bead with the trail tools. As I managed to create a small audience everyone’s reaction was identical to my first: “These do not look like 40/60 tires”. “My point exactly” I would always reply. The tires, especially when placed side by side to the competition, are clearly more aggressive with more spread out knobs and quite aggressive on the edges. Features which would make some riders skeptical regarding the stability of the tire on pavement. Remember, this is supposed to be a dual-sport purpose tire. I could not wait to try them out now that they were on my bike!

Since I was at the campground, my first test was on paved road. And unfortunately, my initial reaction was not positive. The tires are noisy. Very noisy. To the point that a long trip would be unbearable without earplugs. But on the other hand, I consider this to be a knobby tire and consequently a certain level of noise is expected. On the following day, I had the opportunity to try the tires on the twisty Colorado roads. Having decided that the earplugs were necessary and the noise unavoidable, I concentrated on the grip and performance of the tires.

The Anakee Wild tires will have absolutely no problem holding you on the road on the tight Colorado turns. Not even once, I felt any loss of traction. Having my bike fully loaded with the side aluminum cases, the only reason I would not scrape the pegs was because the paniers would find the road first. Of course, this is not a tire to put on the track but after over 20,000 miles with nothing but the competition 40/60 tires, it was nice to remember how it feels to have great grip using a dual-sport tire again. While still on paved road, the Anakee Wilds will perform equally great on the wet surface as well. Brake times were not significantly longer than with a 70/30 tire such as the Anakee III. Generally, the tire will perform absolutely great in almost any situation on paved roads.

Interestingly enough, Michelin is promoting the new Anakee Wild tires as 50/50. I personally do not agree with this ratio and I base my assumption on the tires’ amazing performance on the off-road challenges. The Colorado rocky trails provided a great opportunity to test the tire’s performance. The rubber compound is as almost as soft as it is required for hard packed terrain. But in some cases, it was too soft. After 3,500 miles on fist-sized sharp rocky single-tracks, we noticed that the knobs are taking a huge hit and pieces of rubber are tearing apart from the tire. But this is expected as a harder tire would not perform as good in such conditions.

However the biggest advantage the Anakee Wild has to offer is riding in soft sand. For the first time on a 600 lb bike, I actually felt a grip. The tire was equally great on the deep, sticky South Carolina mud. The tire’s more spread out knobs will allow sand and mud to evacuate from the tread faster. Also the more aggressive design on the edges allows the tire to grip in soft ground all the way through turns.

As for the durability, I am currently at 2,500 miles on my second set and there is still about 40% thread left on the rear. Now, remember that I ride aggressively. I usually change 3 rear tires for every front. Speaking of, the front still looks like new! I think I have found the tire that suits my needs best.

The tire overall meets and exceeds my expectations. I wanted an aggressive tire which can be safely used in paved road and I found it. Although the noise becomes an issue, the performance off-road is making up for the inconvenience. In my opinion, Michelin could easily promote this as a 30 on / 70 off tire. Easily. And although I feel confident enough to follow the single-cylinder bikes on the track with my 1200GSA, it is still not a dirt bike.

The tires are now available and I already called my dealer and I will be getting the first two sets!

PROS:
Surprisingly good traction on paved dry and/or wet roads
Extremely great in hard packed rocky terrain
Unmatched performance on soft sand and mud
Superior durability over the competition

CONS:
Very noisy on the paved road
A little bit too soft for very sharp rocky roads

Who am I?
Well, glad you asked! I'm Dimitri and I live in Lafayette, CO. I have over 120 hours of off-road training in the last 18 months on his 2014 R1200GSA. I competed for a place in the BMW GS Trophy finishing 9th and 5th overall. My training grounds are the rocky trails of Boulder, Grand and Larimer Counties and the sandy dunes of the North Sand Hills Special Recreation Management Area near Walden, Colorado. And no, I do not work for Michelin.
February 19, 2016
Ride:
2013 BMW R1200GS
Bang For The Buck
1 / 5
Grip
2 / 5
Tread Life
3 / 5
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:

Pros:
* 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..?

Cons:
* 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!
August 5, 2016
Ride:
2015 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
4 / 5
Off Road 80% On Road 20%
The percentage of these tires being on road is way off in the advertising. These tires are LOUD! The off road handling is superb, the on road feel is less than inspiring. They have gotten a little better with about a 1000 miles on them but are not what I was expecting. They look aggressive and sound aggressive, like a 4 wheel drive with mud tires. I do love the ability to just rip it off road, but thats about it. I've had Karoo 3's and Conti TKC 80's which both have better on road characteristics than these. The Karoo's don't hook up off road as good and the TKC's tread life is short. Under hard braking the Wild's tend to get a little squirrelly! If you're doing mostly off roading, these are your tires. If not, and you want an aggressive look with decent life, the Karoo's are the way to go. If you don't mind replacing your rear tire every 2000 miles the TKC's are the way to go. Hope this helped!
March 20, 2016
Ride:
2015 BMW R1200GS
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
3 / 5
Who is really using this tire....?
Greetings all!

Just got back from a 4,000 mile epic off road adventure riding my 2015 BMW GSA. I put these tires on before we started the TAT (which included some serious single trail we just had to put in for fun).

Running recommended pressure, I ran the tires on a full load in the following conditions:

1) Rain-moderate to severe: The tires were excellent at holding grip. At no point did I feel they were anything but spectacular in the wet.

2) Sand: No worries in the sand. Worked as well as my TKC 80's.

3) Dirt/Mud: On the dirt is where I noticed a difference. The tire is much better than anything I've used before. I was able to get traction where I know the TKC 80's would have spun up. NOW, the mud...that's another story. I was fully loaded, but the tires got a little more squirrely than I'm used to.

4) Highway: I had to drive 1000 miles back home after our trip, and they were excellent on the highway. No strips left on the rear, a minimal strip on the front, and they handled beautifully. OK, the noise is loud, but tolerable.

Overall, I will never put another TKC on my bike again, UNLESS I'm only doing paved roads. This tire was amazing. Reading through the other reviews, I wonder how much they put their tires through before reviewing. Buy this tire now...

Edit: Tread life: My rear was shot when I got home. It was a brutal trip for the rear tire, but the front is probably good for another 4k at least.
June 20, 2016
Ride:
2010 Ducati Streetfighter 1100 S
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
5 / 5
The new Michelin Anakee Wild tires are game changers
I have tested two sets of these tires over the last eight months and have to say they are the new gold standard. Michelin has invested a ton of R&D into developing brand new technology and bringing something truly new and advanced to the adventure market. Being the only radial knobby on the market we are getting sport tire performance on the tarmac and full knobby performance on the dirt. I have felt way more comfortable riding in mud, sand and river crossings than I have with any other tire on my BMW R1200GSAW. I got 6500 miles out of my rear tire before a swapped it out for a new one before the BMW Trophy Challenge in Greenville South Carolina. The tire was still working as well as when new in the dry dirt, but I had the opportunity for a new one so I put it on. Of those 6500 miles over 4000 unfortunately were on the interstate getting to and from events. I highly recommend these tires and as more sizes come available they will be on all of my bikes with my rental business Into the Horizon Adventure Motorcycle Tours and Rentals.
February 17, 2016
Ride:
2016 BMW R1200GS
Bang For The Buck
2 / 5
Grip
2 / 5
Tread Life
2 / 5
it all depends on where you are coming from
i heard amazing review about this tire, that it was somehow magical, and was awesome off road and on road.

i think if you do a lot of off road, and you've previously had TKC80 or similar tires, then this wild is probably great for YOU.

but if you are used to 50/50 tires or road tires, this tire might not be for you. Im coming from the Mitas E07, and before that the K60's. Those are good in the dirt, and behave very well ON ROAD. especially the E07's.

i never had a more aggressive tire than the ones i mention above. the Wild sounded magical and is technically labeled a 50/50 tire. its not.

if you ride above 85,90 on the highway often, you will regret this tire. all confidence is gone at those speeds.

im not talking about off road capability here. I'm just trying to warn others in my situation, if you are on road 80% of the time, and often do highway, these are not the tires for you. Get a set of Mitas E07's instead. They will fit on your R1200GSW even though they aren't listed as such. just get the
Front: 110/80-19 59T TL
Rear: 50/70-17 69T TL

I'm sure the wild's are great for people coming from the TKC80. it all depends on where you are coming from.
July 29, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Ride:
2015 BMW R1200GS
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Grip
4 / 5
Tread Life
4 / 5
Best tires if.....
I have these on my 09 BMW R1200GS. I use the bike for back roads, trails, rocky hill climbs, highway and around town. Basically, everything you would do on an adventure bike and more. My offroad skills are medium to experienced, and I ride quickly, but not insanely on the open road. I currently have 35000km on the Anakees and still look fine. Given all this, I can say they are the best tires for my needs, full stop.
In response to the complaints, I can only say I haven't found them to be true. Yes, the tires howl a bit but welcome to knobbly tires. I found that riding on paved roads with pressure below 36psi was a terrible recipe for too much noise. I run mine 36 and 38psi when alone, and 36 and 41psi with pillion or load. At those pressures, the noise is fine even without ear plugs.
As for road handling, I have never had the bike drift on me, even in the wet. I can rail corners with averagely skilled sports bike riders without an issue. No, they aren't knee dragging tires. There is some tracking when transitioning road irregularities, but it's in no may disconcerting if you let the front do its job. Yes, they drop into corners very easily, which can feel a little vague, but after few hundred km's it becomes normal and I trust them. There is no weave at speed. If you're getting that you've got the pressure too low, or the bike loaded weirdly, or some other problem. I've had them at 170km/hr and ran perfectly straight.
Offroad they are in their element. For hauling a big bike through gravel, packed dirt, and rock sections they are excellent. They work very well in mud and hold pretty well riding along side ruts without too much drop-in. I have lost a bit of rubber on the knobs when in rocks, which I suspect is because of the rubber compound, but it's no big issue (I did give them a hard time).
So, if you want cafe racer tires that look cool but never of rarely see unpaved roads, look elsewhere. If you want proper adventure tires because you want to do everything with a bit of longevity, then these are them.
Do you need to lower the pressure offroad? They are radials, so no. They act very differently to other constructions. To be fair, I've tried and seen little difference. The only time it would pay off is a lot of sand for large distances. Otherwise, I don't bother. The upside is a significant reduction in pinch flats and less likelihood of punctures generally. It also means no more faffing about between trails.
They will not be everyones cup of tea for sure. But if you're a bit aggressive and like to do everything well, then Anakee Wilds tick the boxes.
February 2, 2017
Grip
5 / 5
Tread Life
3 / 5
Mixed
Great in sand and dirt
2700 mile life seems awfully short
NOISY on pavement
August 16, 2016
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Grip
3 / 5
Tread Life
3 / 5
Dangerous at highway speeds and makes bike wiggle like a snake
I have a 2015 BMW 1200 GSA. The first set of tires were anakee 3 and the bike drove great on highway at fast speeds. Never felt a wobble or shake in bike either loaded or unloaded or 2 up. Then I'm going from Florida to Alaska and changed tires to K60 Scout front and back. Very loud but had a flat in the rear at 1000 miles in New Mexico. Changed the tire at BMW dealer both front and back to Anakee Wild. Right from the go the bike at 70-80 mph made the front wheel wobble side to side like a mini tank slapper. The back wheel skates side to side under hard braking at highway speeds. At speeds of highway it wobbles and is dangerous. I can not pass people or cruise at 90. I think at around 100 depending on the wind the bike could slide out or shake so much that one may lose control. I have GoPro video of this. I did use it off road in Colorado and in mud. It was great. I was also driving slow. You can NOT SAFELY DRIVE ON FREEWAY WITH POSTED SPEED OF 80mph with THIS TIRE. Absolute BS REVIEW FROM OTHERS WHO SAY THIS IS A TIRE YOU CAN TRUST ON ROAD AND RIDE ON THE TRACK. GREAT TIRE only if not on highway. Trust me...this tire will make your bike wiggle side to side both front and back like a snake. I will post video after my Alask trip. Will return in September 2016. Avoid avoid avoid highway on this tire.
July 9, 2016
Ride:
2015 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Bang For The Buck
1 / 5
Grip
2 / 5
Tread Life
1 / 5
Not worth it
I was sucked in by the marketing on these tires and was very disappointed in their performance on almost every aspect. I guess the good news is they haven't blown out yet.

On the road they have a weave going into and coming out of corners on my KTM 1190 Adventure S and even under straight line acceleration. It's very unsettling.

Off road, the front moves laterally in the least bit of mud or gravel, making for a very nervous ride and providing no confidence.

The wear on the rear is terrible - I've got under 1,000 miles and the center knobs are already gone...down to about 1/2 and inch.

I spent more than $450 to purchase and mount these expensive tires and in less than 2 months, with less than 1,000 miles, have already ordered a Shinko 805 to replace the rear.
May 5, 2016
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