Anakee 3's

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Bumpaman, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. Bumpaman

    Bumpaman Been here awhile

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    Anybody out there running the new Michelin Anakee 3 tires. Time for a tire change on my 2010 GSA and was wondering about these new kids on the block. Any good on gravel and forest roads? I am just curious. Thanks
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  2. PanhandleChuck

    PanhandleChuck 3rdRockAdvRider

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    I'm running A3's on a 2010 GSA. I just returned from 4 days of riding in the tri-state mountains of Gerorgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. I have zero chicken strips left on the front or rear. My past tires include Torrance EXP, Torrance x 2, and Anakee 2's. I'm a very aggressive pavement rider and love to throw the GSA around on the twisty stuff. I rode a full day in the rain during the 4 day ride. Previously, I thought the A2's were the best of the bunch overall, better bang for the buck. However, so far, the A3's provide a better feel when dropping into a switchback and really challenging the tire. On the open road, a little quieter, in the rain I had no problems riding a normal speed in the mountains. I can't say anything about gravel or fire lanes, but wouldn't expect too much from the tire. It appears more pavement focused.

    r//Chuck
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  3. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    :ear

    The local shop is out of anakee 2's-

    I have an appointment to get the 3's spooned on next week. I was "assured" they are at least the equal of the 2's off road, something about both compound and tread. I am skeptical (by nature) but will see...they DO look pavement oriented.

    Per the sales guy, the company "partnered" with BMW in development

    I did get serious cupping on the front with the anakee2 s- otherwise loved teh tire
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  4. 268

    268 Been here awhile

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    riding the A3's on the new LC as well.
    coming from a trackbike and ditto riding style I can say the A3's are holding up pretty well in corners :D
    Only when exiting very hard on sharp turns in Second gear, the rear tends to search a little bit for grip.

    took it in Enduro mode on some loose gavel roads, and the grip drops immediately to nearly 10% in compare to road surface. Instantly going sideways on the rear tire, and abs kicking a soon as you brake...
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  5. GSABest

    GSABest El Adventurero

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    Did everyone get bad cupping on the Anakee fronts? I did on every one I installed on my 08 GSA, despite trying different tire pressures. Just the wear characteristics of that tread design on this bike...
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  6. lulo

    lulo Cochino Aventurero

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    I have 1.5k miles or mixed riding on the a3's, I don't think I have to add anything to what has been said on road about them, off road however I was skeptical at 1st and now im disappointed, with the bike upright it grips ok but once you ever tip the bike so slightly to transition between turns tractions just falls off the deep end, my front end just wants to wash out unexpectedly and forget about using the throttle to make the rear come around the turn, its either traction on or no tractions and it kicks off rather violently....off road they feel no different that the street only pilot road 3's
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  7. ADVMAC

    ADVMAC Handsome adventurer

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    I have a A3 on the rear only and so far it is great on road . But I am hearing a high pitch winey sound now . Anyone else hear it on A3 @ 40 -50 mph ?:norton
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  8. BigShow

    BigShow Scallywag/Adventurer

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    Did a ride out the pony express and they did OK on the flats with marble size rocks. Took the air down to 28psi and they seemed to hold better than fully inflated. On the twisties I am scraping the center stand and every once in a while I think I am scraping the pegs, quite by accident though... The dealer in Murry sold them almost as cheap as I could have gotten them on line and then spooned them for $15 each... Not bad considering I did not have the time or tools to changed them out myself.
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  9. BigShow

    BigShow Scallywag/Adventurer

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    Yeah, got one out back with major cupping and only after thaking it off did I notice how bad... Would have swapped out sooner if I had noticed.
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  10. a41capt

    a41capt Been here awhile

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    Yep, I'm running A3s front and rear and they're whiney on the pavement.

    Also, hit a small bit of gravel during a turn on the blacktop and lost the front end momentarily. Figured I was on my way down when I grabbed some throttle, caught her, and pulled her out. I'm a big guy (6' 3" and 275 pounds), and keep 36 psi up front, maybe it's too much so I'll go down a couple pounds. That slip-n-slide at 35 mph was enough to put the fear of God in me.

    Haven't been off road yet...
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  11. Ducs2Dirt

    Ducs2Dirt Not quite all there

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    Same here. I get a high pitched road noise sound too. For me though it depends on a few things like speed, road surface type and angle of the bike. With certain combination of those three things, I get a slight whine from the tires.

    Other than that, like everyone else said, really grippy and fun on dry streets. Pretty good in the rain. But throw them something simple like a gravel driveway and they become a joke. I had the rear come loose on a little sand even.
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  12. BOOTLACE

    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum.

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    Never, never! And I've been through truckloads of em! Part time road racer, I tend to give it plenty on the blacktop, and never a problem in that regard. Dodgy on the dirt but......looking at the 3s, I'd imagine they would be even way dodgier...but will be super groovy on the road.:clap

    ( 2004 12GS)
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  13. Bumpaman

    Bumpaman Been here awhile

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    Thanks everyone. Suspicions confirmed. Ride safe
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  14. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Thanks-
    Thats where I'm headed later today-
    I may opt for the 2's....
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  15. TBob

    TBob Offroad Fab Guy

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    Yep every Anakee II I've run and I've ran quite a few. It also last through 2 rears. Just gets a little more noisy and a bit more vibs through the bars but seems to work well still.

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  16. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    I bought the 3's-
    The local mechanics AND sales guys are both convinced they are a better tire. Very interesting tread and "inner tread" design- inner triangles and wedges to shed water/mud. One of the tipping points was the longer road/slab trips I have planned for later this summer/fall.

    Felt smooth at freeway speeds. No wobble scrubbing them in a parking lot :dunno
    FWIW, they were $360 for the pair, I was at $410 OTD

    Time will tell, I'll report.
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  17. Tigrou

    Tigrou Been here awhile

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    Hi,

    A little feedback from france.
    A have the opportunity to buy a set of new anakee III ( 223$, witch his really a low price).
    My anakee II were brand new after 10.000 miles but my curiosity about this new Anakee was stronger.:D

    I'm impressed:
    - much more confort; just pass from a tank to a magic carpet!
    - higher security feeling, and feeling of the front wheel (wet or dry road).

    need to continu my test but it seems that I need now to push the GSA from side to side with the Anakee III, where the anakee II just switch from one side to another just without any effort.

    A will be able to make a better feedback after my 1 week ride beginning this evening.
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  18. cardoctor1

    cardoctor1 Been here awhile

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    had a set installed 200 miles ago. over 45 mph howling at the moon:lol3:lol3
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  19. a41capt

    a41capt Been here awhile

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    I took 'em on a 45 mile dirt trip yesterday at speed up to 60 and they felt great. The road surface was hard packed washboard (in parts) with AB sized overburden, gravel, and sand, and they felt sure-footed as all get-out.

    It amazed me so much, that at one point while traveling at about 45 mph and dicking around looking down at the front tire, I drifted off the edge into the side of the bar ditch. Applied a little throttle and she pulled herself right out even though this was some mighty loose crap on a steep angle. Impressed the hell out of me!

    So, a little whine on the road (starting to diminish a little with some mileage) is a manageable issue when I can still get off onto my old stagecoach roads and still fly!

    Now on to that funny clunk noise when I release the clutch...

    John
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  20. R1200GSA

    R1200GSA Been here awhile

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    I am approaching 3000 miles on mine.

    They are proving to be a great tire so far. They are wearing soooooo much more better than I could have wished for.

    Two Thumbs Up! :thumb :thumb
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