Anakees in Mexico?

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  1. willemdamen

    willemdamen Adventurer

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    On my way from Chicago to Argentina. Now in Palm Springs. Wondering if I should replace my tires here. There is at least another 3,000 miles of life in them. Does anyone know where Michelin Anakees are available in Mexico Baja or Matzalan area? Thanks
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  2. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Do what you want but I personally would never start out a trip like that if I had doubts about my tires. This advice is given without even getting into the debate about the 3,000 miles figure. If you have doubts, replace them now. Tires and batteries strand more viajeros than any other issue.

    Even thinking about where south of the border you can source new rubber indicates you're kicking an inevitable can down the road. Its a pain in the ass to delay a trip and search for tires, take care of this issue now with all your other pre-trip maintenance.
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  3. oldxr

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    I go down to Cabo 1 or 2 times a year and have visited the local motorcycle shops.They dont stock much.At this point in your trip I would be thinking about putting on a set of heidenau k60's or mefo explorers.If the current set of tires has more than %50 left you could ups or fed ex them home for later use.The engine on your bike should have some protection around it.
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  4. willemdamen

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    your point driven home. Thanks
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  5. Sjoerd Bakker

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    .... getting the specific tire you desire will always be in doubt. If you are really intent on getting every possible bit of use out of your tires you could consider buying the replacements now when you are at a known source point , then tie them on the back of your VStrom and ride off into the unknown. A bit bulky and klutzy for a while ,but possible certainly if you are doing the more paved route. Replace them when the tires eventually do wear out,There will be shops that can do that for you in the cities of south Baja and the mainland even when they do not stock your tire type. That way you get the satisfaction of frugality and peace of mind .Are BOTH tires going to wear out at the same time? ...
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  6. Lone Rider

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    Good post.
    TP also made a good post.

    I've hauled tires on several trips. The key to doing this successfully is packing/strarpping them down in a safe and secure manner, so they are not an added problem - no worries loading and unloading each day. Spending extra time on perfecting your packing method can pay off bigtime many days down the road.

    If I had 3k or so miles left on some road-type tires, and planned to stay on the roads, I'd want to get close to their 3k miles out of them. 3k, via road, takes you from the US border to Panama.

    Dirt/DS tires, on heavy bikes, need to be replaced much more often. This (tire wear) is an important part of your overall planning.

    I hate throwing away good rubber. :)
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  7. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Having tire problems on the road in L.A. is worse.
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  8. Lone Rider

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    Worse than what?
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  9. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Worse than leaving a little rubber on a worn out tire.
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  10. Lone Rider

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    That's the beauty of having your choice of tire at hand. Total control the what and when.
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  11. Craneguy

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    You can ship them to me if you like and put them on here. That's take a few more miles of tread off your current tires.

    I have no idea about tire availability as I haven't had to replace mine yet. There is a local Suzuki dealer and about a million road-side tire repair places to choose from.

    Depending on your route, I'm sure we could find a few volunteers down here to hold them for you.
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  12. Lone Rider

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    Dang, the Mexico guys are always stepping up and ready to help. :thumb
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  13. Craneguy

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    We do what we can do encourage folks to come down here. I suspect there are a lot more mex-curious than you'd think.

    It's a great place to visit. Ignore (most) of the media spew. I'm still alive!
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  14. Habibi Rocks

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    For the long hauls its good to have a machine that uses the same front and rear tyres. If space allows then a spare can be carried. Its a balance ...... speed , long distance , vs tyre and parts sources. My style would be a spezial front wheel
    to match the rear. But, thats my style......... Tires and parts sources / logistics / communication are better than they were 20 years ago. In places like beautiful Mexico its nice to ride slow and smell the aromas , see the sights, smile and wave at the people. A rider cannot always carry everything .......
    here's an example. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=838471
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  15. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Rokon, por ejemplo.
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  16. SR

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    You can get Sinkos and Tourances in almost any city in Mexico. If you must have Anakees, the cheapest way to get them would be to buy them in the US, then cross the border with them, go to a paqueterria and send them to yourself somewhere down range. It might cost you $30 to send them anywhere in Mexico. I think that with your tracking number and an additional charge, if there is a change of plan you could have them redirect them to you to a different city.
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  17. Craneguy

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    I found anakees on mercadolibre. They work out at $500 per pair. That's about $150 more than the US.

    Definitely follow SR's advice and bring them with you. I haven't found a US supplier that will ship them to Mexico.

    Its a shame they aren't sold here. They seem like the ideal tire for the riding I do.
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  18. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    The Tourance is an excellent tire BTW.
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  19. Craneguy

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    I may have to look at them again. I have some pretty reliable recommendations on the Anakees. I'm looking for something that will deal with occasional dirt usage and not take off in whatever direction they feel like. I thought it was me, but I'm assured trail wings don't help the situation.
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  20. SR

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    Here in DGO the 150-70-17 Tourance is about 3,800 pesos including instalation, which is worth about 50 pesos in Mexico. So $290 USD vs. about $170 USD in the US. I stock up on tires when I go to the US.
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