New Michelin Anakee 3 Tires

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by CompAcc, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Tonyco

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    Hi,
    I just purchased set of Anakee 3 for my Varadero '09. It looks promising tyre and very interesting tread on it. Now here in Bulgaria it is winter and we have snow but I will test them as soon as possible and post here my opinion.
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  2. CompAcc

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    Thanks for the interest everyone. We will be getting info out on the new Karoo asap as well.

    Here is your first up close look at the new Michelin Anakee 3:

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  3. Rick West

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    10% more off pavement than the 2? I know Michelin makes great tires but it is very hard to understand how this tire can live up to that statement.
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  4. BordenBmw

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    10% more... I'm with you on that ? The Anakee 2 rear had enough traction off-road for my riding style and the front needed a bit more off road, but wait and see!
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  5. CompAcc

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    Honestly guys I'm a bit skeptical myself. I was riding on Anakee 2's just a couple weekends back, so they are fresh in my mind and we are going to get these on a GS Adventure or KTM 990. Of course we'll bring you some video and I'll give you my honest opinion.
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  6. BluWolf

    BluWolf Been here awhile

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    Very curious about this tire since my TKCs are about shot and my next big trip will be Deal's gap in April. Will need something more street but that I can still take off road here in Northern Virginia.:lurk
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  7. BordenBmw

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  8. Noobens

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    I can't say for certain what Michelin's plan for the Anakee 2 is, but our new Parts Unlimited 2013 Tire book showed up, and there are no Anakee 2s in the book. However, when looking up the part numbers, Parts Unlimited does not have the Anakee 2 as "discontinued." Make of that what you will. And as for that 10% more grip off road... not really sure how they would pull that off with what essentially seems to be a street tire with a few grooves in it. That said, I love the look of the tire. I'll hold on buying a set until I hear some ride reports in deep fresh gravel.
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  9. subybaja

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    "20% groove ratio makes for a larger contact patch, which is essential for offroad trips!". Uh-huh. Never mind knobs.

    "Great looks" -on your Ninja! Yuk. I hate the looks.
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  10. everycredit

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    Having visited the Michelin people where they live (Clermont-Ferrand, France), I can state their designers and engineers are nuts about advanced designs of tires. I wouldn't have thought I'd ever be interested in tire technology, but they turned me into a fan.

    Things may not look like they seem. The weird tread pattern was designed by very, very smart people (albeit French).

    That said, "more off-road grip" means different things. They may have engineered the weirdest but best sand tire of all time, but falls to pieces on loose gravel. I am looking forward to the review.
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  11. eakins

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    That probably means it has enough silica in it this time around to work like winter tires or at least qualify. I'm guessing Michelin is going in deep with the extra silica as a way to "grip" the dirt (kinda like Velcro) and still produce a street tire in performance.

    They obviously know how to produce amazing dirt tires, so i'm still hopping this evolution of the tire towards street bias signals a more aggressive ADV style of tire in the wings.
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  12. eakins

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    Another tire coming down the line.
    Metzler Tourance 3
    Any info on these Compacc?
    Along the same 5/95 lines so it's a trend to go more street.

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  13. CompAcc

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    Here is all the info we have on the new Tourance so far. Sounds like they are going to call it the Tourance Next.

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  14. brainfreeze

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    I replaced my Anakee 2 with the 3's a couple of weeks ago on my '12 1200GSA. I got about 9200 miles on the rear A2. So far I really like the 3's after about 600 miles of mixed riding. They "roll" better, have better corning....definite improvement from my perspective over the 2. This past weekend I went on some rocky type back roads and sandy/muddy back roads- nothing really serious. The 3's did as well or better than the 2's I had. Just felt like I had more control than before. Heading toward Big Bend Texas area later in March. Will see how they do there. Thumbs up over the 2's so far and would buy them again.
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  15. WindSailor

    WindSailor Been here awhile

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    Thanks for keeping us up to date.

    Looking for more info later on as you add up the miles. Much appreciated.:clap
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  16. KYMike

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    Just wondering if you have any updates from the last month?

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  17. propforward

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    For what it's worth, my motorcycle dealer is telling me that he can no longer get Anakee 2s, so I assume that whatever is around at places like Motorcycle Superstore and Dennis Kirk and such, is just getting rid of existing stock.

    That's what I was told anyway, when I had them price Anakee 2s yesterday.

    Got to say, I am really dubious that this tread design can be as good as the Anakee 2 for dirt and such. I'm sure the new compound and tread is great for the road, but it's difficult to see it matching up off road. Maybe Michelin have only viewed the Anakee as a "light off road" type tyre? :dunno
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  18. Smoke Eater 3

    Smoke Eater 3 Been here awhile

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    I'm very skeptical of any dealer's "review" of anything because they want to sell them to you. I'll wait for a real world review by one of the inmates.

    As far as I know, more silica would mean faster wear - better traction in the wet but they should wear out faster because of it. My full rains that are loaded with silica basically vaporize in the dry. Also, the tread pattern might clear mud but it looks like the front end would slip sideways due to a lack of lateral traction in the muck. Just my 2 cents.
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  19. CompAcc

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    Hey Smoke Eater, that's a valid concern and one I can certainly understand. That's why I got a real world inmate to help with this review :deal

    I'll tell it like it is - no tire is going to be the best at everything, I think most riders understand that. This tire is not going to be the best for muddy sloppy conditions or any kind of extreme off-road riding. Where it will shine is for the rider who is looking for a tire that will spend the majority of its time on-road, but can hold its own off-road.

    And I've had just about the opposite experience with Silica in the compound. I ran the Pirelli Angel ST's on my street bike and was very impressed with the tire life and the grip offered when compared to the Diablo Stradas they replaced. Of course that's just going by personal experience, I'm not a scientist.
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  20. CompAcc

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    And without further delay, here is our ride test of the Michelin Anakee 3 tires!

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    I had a great time riding with Adam, and as you can see from the video, we were both very impressed with the tires.

    I did get confirmation from Michelin that the Anakee 3 is REPLACING the Anakee 2.

    If anyone has any questions I will do my best to answer them, and if I don't know I'll go straight to the source. Happy trails!

    -Reuben
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