Michelin Anakee 2 vs Metzeler Tourance on 1200 gsAdv?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by mikijakovadv, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. rockycraig

    rockycraig Been here awhile

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    I clicked the link and it doesn't look like you are riding a bmw gsa, just curious if I got the wrong link??
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  2. DualMule

    DualMule Been here awhile

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    ...because "Avon Distanzia" says something about a Michelin Anakee 2 vs Metzeler Tourance.

    I've run a couple of sets of each and really can't tell the difference...buy the cheaper of the two or flip a coin.
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  3. whittrated03

    whittrated03 Steady Rollin' Man

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    My tire testing results in giving the nod to the Anakee 2. From what I was told by my local dealer Metzler no longer offers the original Tourance. Its now the EXP which is a much lower mile tire. Also, the Anakee 2 sticks ti wet tarmac almost like its dry...unbelievable wet grip!! Aired down to 20psi, Anakees hook off road.
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  4. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Whit. Ghost just bought a regular no EXP Tourance. They are still available.
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  5. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    My experience mirrors SOG's exactly after several pairs of both these tires on multiple bikes. The Anakee 2s I used got better mileage than the original Anakee, but developed an interesting howl while cornering on asphalt that the original didn't have.
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  6. TheRoss

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    I bought a 2011 GSA a few weeks ago that came with Anakee 2 tires. I have put around 3000 miles on the bike, including some highway riding at top speed. The tires seem to be wearing quite fast compared to the Road Smarts I run on the R1100RT. I think I will try the Tourances next... I ran them on a 650 Dakar I had a couple years ago and was generally happy with the mileage I got.

    Here's my question.... the GSA rims are black. Are they powder coasted, just painted, or something else? Are they more or less easily scratched than the silver cast wheels on so many Beemers? I do my own tire changes, but am not the most graceful at it. Do I need to be extra careful of the black finish?

    Thanks!
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  7. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud

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    I change all of my tires also, using tire irons and an old cheap Frisbee that I've cut into pie-shaped pieces (thicker than plastic milk jugs, etc.). I use the plastic pieces between the irons and the rim only to protect the GSA rims' black finish, but there are scratches on the rims down to base metal where a tire iron or the plastic slipped. Not sure of the type finish, but be careful as it will scratch.

    Sometimes I'll touch up the scratches with a black marker and that lasts a long time. Makes the bike sooo much better looking, as long as you don't look at all of the bike's other dings and scratches from drops in the dirt. :lol3
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  8. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    My wheels are so covered in caliche dust, I have no idea what they would look like clean. Might not want to know. :huh
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  9. 7seas10

    7seas10 7seas

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    I have regular Tourance on my bike right now.

    I used Anakee, Anakee ll and Tourance Exp.

    My favorite are the regular Tourance.
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  10. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    Everyone has their own little tricks. Similar to the frisbee trick I used to cut up an old oil jug and use that plastic for rim protectors. However, the last couple tire changes, I've cut off the fingers of an old heavy leather work glove and duct taped them over the ends of the tire irons. This way, it's just about impossible to cause scratches. I'm sure someone else out there has an even better idea.

    Oh yea, and I use Armor All out of a spray bottle as tire lube. I'm sure we can all start a good fight about that.... :evil

    :hide

    I'm running the Anakee 2 right now, and they have been really great on the street, in the wet, and long wearing. 7000 miles on them now and I'd say they are going to go at least 10, maybe more. I'm looking for something with a little more juju in the dirt tho, but I hate paying 300 bucks every 3000 miles for TKCs.
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  11. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    I found that the Tourance EXP wears very quickly. I had the first year EXPs and only got about 5000mi out of the back one. I replaced it with an Anakee 2 and have about 50% left at 5000mi. I have heard that later EXP's have a deeper tread to give longer life.
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  12. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    Thought I'd bring this thread back to date a little...

    This summer I burned through a set of Anakee 2 which I liked a lot to say the least. Pretty good in really rough stuff where a GS doesn't belong, and great n the street. Best rain tire I've ever run. About 85% s good in the twisties as say a sport touring tire would be. The bad and somewhat ugly is that I had to change the front out at the same time as the rear because the front was getting some really weird cupping and it had plent of tread left but was thumping and vibrating pretty good due to the strange wear patten.

    I also burned trough a set of Battlewings. Those were the OEM tires when i got the bike and man, for the price these things are probably as good as it gets. Probably a little bettering the twisties than the Anakees due to the more rounded profile. Good in the rain. Fine on gravel and forest roads. Lasted me about 6000 miles and would have gone a little longer but a lot of those miles were in Florida and the rear squared off which a dual compound like the Anakee won't do as bad. Defenately won't last as long as the Anakee 2 but the rubber compound is softer and the price is fantastic, you should be able to get a pair for right around 200$ if you shop around.

    Lastly, REVZILLA HAS TOURANCES ON SALE RIGHT NOW!

    I don't need tires right now but I always will, right? These are the original Tourance, so I want to get a set before they become unavailable as the rumor says.

    Just have to fry off the last bit of my rear TKC which shouldn't take long.....:evil
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  13. WindSailor

    WindSailor Been here awhile

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    I Had to throw this in too:

    'The All New 2013 LIQUID COOLED R1200GS threadfest' thread had shown the Anakees 3... :D; so.... I had to write Michelin and ask about the release date and here is their response:

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  14. WADE-O

    WADE-O Been here awhile

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    +1 i really like my distanazia's and they lost quite a while and have good grip in every condition that i have ever been through. From wet roads to loose gravel roads.
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  15. Iron Rey

    Iron Rey Wingnut Extraordinaire

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    I have used quite a few of both on my 2008 and 2010 GSA's, I ride hard and fast for the most part, and am a genuine fatass. I like the road and cornering (on dry pavement) of the EXP's better but prefer the Anakee 2's in the wet and for off road stuff better. I also get about 60% better treadlife from the Anakee's, but you really have to watch inflation and balance because they seem to cup just by looking at them crosseyed.
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  16. Petrol Ignitor

    Petrol Ignitor Cyclenut

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    I agree with above comments regarding the front Anakee having a weird cupping problem. The Tourance front has proven more reliable for me. Currently riding with an Anakee rear and a Tourance front because the Anakee wore out too fast. Probably put a Tourance on the rear when it wears out. Having ridden both tires I cannot really see much of a difference until the front starts to wear, then the Tourance wins on mileage. Was told once that the weird wear on the Anakee is from running too low air pressure.
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  17. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    I've got about 7k on a set of A2s and the front is wearing normal so far. Keep it at 40 front/42 rear. Rear has a couple thousand miles left and is looking good as well. They stick a ton better than the battlewings did in the rain (which seemed to be not at all)
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  18. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    A favor, anyone with a new set of Anakee 2's that would mind running out and getting a tread depth measurement on front and rear tires?

    I just picked up a F800GS with a set already installed and I have a trip to the Smokey's scheduled for spring and I want to get an idea of the life left in these.

    They look pretty good, but I am VERY hard on tires, past trips have been on a Boxer cup, and every trip, except one, I started out with a new set, and had to replace them before the trip was done. The Pilot road 3's made it 2750 miles, but was, for all intents and purposes, bald when I was done. I have a set of Anakee 3's ordered, but I would rather wear out the 2's first, rather than switching and them for the trip, and remounting them, using up the 2's later.

    With the Boxer cup I had an extra set of rims, so it was easy to take a spare set with me, and only took 20 minutes to swap, I really don't want to have to spoon off an old, and on a new set on the trip.


    Thanks in advance!
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  19. WindSailor

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    Best I can tell for the Anakee 2's - on the front its: 3/16" tread - and on the rear its: 5/16" tread.
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  20. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    Roads down there are real abrasive and let's face it, your not going to be going easy on tires down there either. New tires are a great idea. :)
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