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Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by bimmer5891, Jan 15, 2013.
Maybe the front won't cup as bad as the IIs.
Wonder if compounds have changed on the IIIs.
From the sell sheet
New silica tread compound yields even more mileage while offereng the best balance between grip and durability
innovative tread patter inhibits wear patterns while evacuating water, dirt, and mud
tire architecture engineered for easy maneuverability and precise handling
excellent stability and rider feedback, thanks to a new high-rigidity casing
New silica tread compound yields even more mileage while offering the best balance between grip and durability
This to me says they may have sacrificed some stickiness for mileage.
I like tossing it down in the corners and not worrying about loosing grip. So far the PR3 have really impressed me in this aspect. If I have to give up miles for that, so be it.
It will be interesting to hear what PR3 riders have to say after trying the A3s.
It seems odd that they've gone from an 80/20 to a 90/10 or 95/5 on a bike like the GS. I know that loads of people don't take theirs off road (I don't that often), but it would be nice to have the option without worrying about changing tyres.
When I asked my dealer about specifying a particular brand of tyre they said this isn't possible, and the bike will come with whatever BMW decide to fit.:huh
Hmmmm. Wrong direction it seems. Bring on the Karoo3.
I think they look promising. I'll try a set this summer.
I think once you get to 95/5 rated tire, you might as well buy a dedicated street tire. It seems 5% off road is just a 5% handicap on the street. How good can it be in the dirt?
I've run the PR3, a full set before, and most of a set of A2 (going back on shortly to finish them off).
The A3 is clearly a little more dirt/gravel based, with much wider grooves that should give you a bit more bite. The PR3 with sipes is unmatched for sealed roads IMHO, but is too soft in gravel and gets damaged by sharp stones. The tread pattern is tight, which offers little chance of bite... but it's a road tyre.
The A2 is brilliant on dry sealed road, reasonably good on wet seal and can do gravel, but when it gets muddy you're struggling for traction a bit. For those that do mostly road but want a bit of bite on gravel, it suffices.
Remember also the more road biased options get better fuel economy with lower rolling resistance. The TKC / K60 is around 0.5L / 100km worse than A2 / PR3. Ultimately, having lots of options isn't that bad, unless you're confused and have no idea what you want. I'll run a set to see how they compare to everything else.
Thanks for the PM Bill. I'm just getting a mate to see if NZ will be stocking them any time soon, otherwise I'll contact you.
From the vendors!
I've found Michelin tires are over priced and lack good feedback. My 2013GSA came with Anakee 2's.
The rear seemed to work okay, but scalped and feathered a lot. The front did also, but the worst part was when I pushed it. The tire would go numb and just start to slide around. The only tires Michelin makes that haven't acted like a grease pencil, are the Power 1 Race. All the PR3's, PR 2's, Pilot Power, and PP Pure all lack good feed back and grip when pushed.
They cost more than other tires that give good mileage, grip and feedback. Bridgestone Battle Wings are my choice for the GSA. My 08 came with them and I've ran them ever since
Let's just say, I'm not impressed with funky tread designs for a cosmetic marketing strategy. I'm sure they work great in the rain, but, I live in CA
It seems to me Michelin is going where the market is.
The Anakee 3 looks like it is for the majority GS owners who only ride to Starbucks.
Oh my, its Jan. 17, 14:45 hrs and it snowing heavily here in the woods and mountains of Alabama....2 inches on the ground and more coming...doesn't seem to be letting up....I'm going to the local Ace Hardware and buy a snow-blower.
What tires should I order for the GS?
Here ya go sir. These might allow you to git yer Gee Ess out of the drive way on those cold Bama snowy mornings.
I am getting a set put on this weekend. These are obviously not knobbies, but they do look a bit more aggressive in person than the pictures convey. I compared them at the shop with the trail attacks. The A3 grooves appear deeper and seem to be aligned to give more traction than the TA. It is still cold here so won't have many miles logged on them for a while.
I don't know what looks more useless, these new Anakees or the new Tourance that looks like a straight street tire.
If I am voting....I vote a tie.
From what ive been tolf the new tourances are going to bealmost useless on anything but pavement. At least the anakee 3s have some tread. The treads are as deep as the anakee 2s just a very different tread pattern.
I liked the II's- pretty versatile for the most part
I'm not excited about the III street only look or idea
After thousands of miles in the desert southwest and as many in Colorado...I've found nothing that compares to the Avon Distanzia...