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Discussion in 'Vendors' started by CompAcc, Dec 19, 2012.
Motorcycle Superstore has the best price I've seen so far.
Give Keel Brothers a shot too, (former two brothers) with tubes they were cheaper than MCSS, SWmoto, Chaparral, and other places I checked. And I would rather support a small guy too.
I actually ended up buying from my dealer, who got so damn close to matching MSS I figured I'd prefer to give them the bidness. Sometimes it's worth just asking what they can do.
I'm all for helping the local guys but around here they want to charge full price for tires and then another $30 per tire to mount and balance. It's far easier and less expensive to just buy them online and mount them myself.
I think I'll order them from Comp Acc. since they support the forum.
My local guy gave me 40% off list price for the two sets I bought from him.
I'm the same way. Normally dealers can't (won't) even get close to online prices on tyres. This time my dealer found out that I was looking at new tyres, and contacted me and offered me 38% off list, which worked out only a couple of dollars more per tyre than MSS. Since he made the effort I bought from him, even though that ended up costing me sales tax on top of course.
However, on prices I just had a look at Competition Accessories website, and their prices actually look as good as Motorcycle Superstore, slightly better when bought as a pair . On the Anakee IIIs:
90/90-V21 MSS $124.99 CompAcc $126.11
150/70-V17 MSS $173.99 Comp Acc $169.99
Comp Acc has free shipping over $89 so I think I will buy tyres there next time, being as they went to the trouble of doing a decent review, plus support the forum. Spread the love, so to speak.
Anyway, I just installed the Anakee IIIs yesterday. Very interesting tread pattern - I can't wait to try them out. Still too salty around here for my nice bikes, but maybe I can get the Tiger out by mid March. The tyres seem quite stiff, but were not difficult to mount at all.
Keel Brothers prices are pretty good too. Not far above the "bigger" online places. Good to know.
Ordered from Competition Accessories. I'll install them when they arrive and get a review up. It will probably be a review on cold asphalt and snowy back roads 'cause that's the reality for a while. My Tourances are a little freaky on winter roads.
Pictures, for the hell of it.
The bike needs a wash. Soon soon.
Thanks for the review/video Reuben. Efforts are much appreciated. Prop! They look sweet on your Tiger! The tread pattern looks like tiger stripes. Will look the part on my orange '05 with her striped tank. :)
Hey cdubya! Good to see you here too!
I am coming off a set of Heidi K76's with 7k miles, they still have meat but have a 2500 mile trip at the end of te month.
I just mounted up a set of the Anakee 3's on the GSA today..I'm planning 2500 mile trip from Vegas to across the border for a week.
Seeing the 3's in person I was really impressed in the design and can see the factors in the design that should make them perform as advertised.
I've had my bike since 2006, I have ridden the Dalton on it and many miles offroad.
I've run Trail Attacks, K76's, TKC 80's, distansas....of all of the the Heidi K76's were the best and trail attacks second... Ive ridden snow, mud, gravel, and some offroad steeper hills.
Just an FYI - Just got an email that Anakee's (2 & 3's) are on sale at CA:
Prices seem to be a couple bucks less than what Propforward posted a couple of weeks ago.
Just wanted to pop back in and say thanks for all the feedback everyone. Those of you who have had a chance to put some miles on these, what are your initial impressions?
I have a little over 1000 miles on the A3's- BMW 1200GSA. Still like them better than the A2's. No issues on dirt/rock roads and pavement. Would definitely purchase again.
Thanks for sharing!
And thanks CompAcc for the video!
BTW, let me ask all of you a question.
Last year, I bought an used V-Strom 650 that came with Pirelli Scorpion Trail tires.
The back tire was perfect, but the front was really worn, so I had to replace it immediately.
Since I got the back good, I put the same on the front.
Now my back tire is getting worn by the center band (we say "getting squared" in Spanish), and I'm thinking about mixing Pirelli on the front and Anakee 3 in the back.
I really like Pirelli's grip on road, but commuting reduces the lifetime of Pirelli's back a lot.
Do you think that this Anakee 3 would be better for commuting?
Of course, I would change the front to Anakee 3 when it's worn too.
I don't really like the idea of mixing tires, but if the front tire has better grip than the back, I think I don't feel unstability or any risk of slipping...
Thanks in advance!
I've got a couple hundred miles on my Anakee 3's. The have very good feel and seem to have plenty of grip. It's pretty cold here (30's) and the roads suck. But then again new tires always feel better than the old ones. Given that, I really do like these new Michelins.
I just put 300 km on mine Anakee 3 on Varadero '10. The temperature was between 13 - 18 C and I ride on good roads and bumpy roads also with water and sand. I try different manoeuvres hard stopping corners with water and dirt and the tires are just fine excellent grip in all situations. Never slept the tire perfect grip. I don't go offroad very often and only on hard gravel so I am not worried of this. I am happy with Anakee 3 so I recommended this set of tyres.
I'm in the market for a street oriented tire right now and just came across these.
Quick question for those who've ridden them, is the front tire profile the same (or at least FEEL the same) as the Anakee 2s ? I'm always amazed in tire threads how grip and durability is discussed to death and handling characteristics seem to go ignored to some degree. I've tried the 2s ( 19" front) and found the turn in to be relatively quick and progressive say compared to a Tourance or even the Pilot Roads which are more linear in response. This can be a good or bad thing depending on your riding style and preferences, but for sake of comparison where are the 3s at? Specifically compared to 2s or tourances. (in other words saying "they handle great" doesn't tell me a thing about how they handle great)
Any detailed feedback in this regard is greatly appreciated