Michelin Anakee III; anyone tried 'em?

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Monsignore, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin' Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2016
    Oddometer:
    5,474
    Location:
    Seattle & Phoenix
    A3's on the GS, PR4's on the R-R.

    A3's feel like they ride "on" the road, PR4's feel like they "hold" the road.

    Don't ride off road at all.
    #81
  2. TBickell

    TBickell And away we GO !!

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2010
    Oddometer:
    685
    Location:
    Somers,MT......Anthem, AZ
    Just picked up on this thread and sorry to hear so many bad reviews on the Anakee III. Michelin products are usually great. I'm bummed to hear they are not good on gravel because that is where they will be quite a bit here in Montana. I hate to waste a new set of tires. I'll probably get the Scouts next as I liked them on my 800GS a lot. I only have 700 miles on my new bike so I have no review to give other than I don't notice any extra noise.
    #82
  3. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin' Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2016
    Oddometer:
    5,474
    Location:
    Seattle & Phoenix
    I don't think they are "bad" tires by any means, just compared to the Pilot Road 4's IMO there really is not comparison. On a dry road they are fine (and remember I only road ride), on a wet road they are fine, but if I was choosing a new tire for the GS, the PR4 would win hands down.

    Might want to read this thread as well:

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/tire-reviews-from-a-2015-r1200gsa-rider-commuter.1200703/
    #83
  4. oldadvtraveler

    oldadvtraveler Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2015
    Oddometer:
    772
    Location:
    atlanta
    i have not tried the pr4 tires but, imho the anakeeIII tires just do not do the job as compared to my scorpion trail II tires. the anakee III tires make a lot of noise too. the scorpion do pretty well on gravel roads too abd on wet pavement they are like an octopus! I got 9,200 miles out of my last set. try them next time if you ride 80% road and 20% gravel.
    #84
  5. deijmaser

    deijmaser Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Oddometer:
    77
    Location:
    Montreal, too cold in winter!
    No
    Funny, as this is my first 1200 / A3’s I did felt yesterday a “noise” coming from the tire... Thanks for the heads-up. Will continue running them and see what happens next summer....
    #85
  6. deijmaser

    deijmaser Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Oddometer:
    77
    Location:
    Montreal, too cold in winter!
    Some more riding this week to break-in my new GS - now at around 500 miles and I tend to find the front tire somewhat noisy, unless it is something else...

    Major thunderstorms yesterday night around Montreal, so had a chance to try out the 3's in solid water situation [highway, streets, B and C roads]

    Very satisfied about the grip, but again, not sure it's the front tire but there's a close to annoying sound coming from the front [wind/tire noise]... Will investigate further.
    #86
  7. jet200

    jet200 n00b

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2017
    Oddometer:
    5
    Location:
    Connecticut
    Just picked up a low-mileage 2007 R1200GS and put on a set of Anakee 3's. It had the original Anakee 2's from 2006, so it was time for new shoes.

    My last GS had Metzler Tourance's and they were very noisy tires. So much so, that I decided to try the Anakee 3's I like them a lot. Granted I've only done a few hundred miles but I find the grip is fantastic. Even took them on a few hard packed dirt roads with some gravel and they felt confident and planted. I do notice some whirring around the 40-50mph from the front tire, but nothing worse than what my Tourances sounded like.
    #87
    madleemark and deijmaser like this.
  8. deijmaser

    deijmaser Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2014
    Oddometer:
    77
    Location:
    Montreal, too cold in winter!
    That whirring sounds just like I'm feeling at exactly that kinda speed... humm...

    Thanks.
    #88
  9. Overanalyze

    Overanalyze because when given the option, I will overthink it

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2017
    Oddometer:
    127
    I have the Anakee 3's and loved them onroad. Offroad, not so much except for dry dirt roads with minimal gravel. The 3's are rellly 90/10 tires in MHO
    #89
    htbyron likes this.
  10. misanthropic

    misanthropic Zero

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2004
    Oddometer:
    1,688
    Location:
    Keller TX
    So that’s what that sound is. Doesn’t bother me and if they wear as well as you all say I’m good.
    #90
  11. Lost in the world

    Lost in the world Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,075
    Location:
    Southeastern Minnesota
    All I can say was I was going to sell my 17 gsa until I got rid of the 3's and put on PR4's. Totally different bike!
    #91
    Scott Parish and Motorius like this.
  12. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin' Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2016
    Oddometer:
    5,474
    Location:
    Seattle & Phoenix
    Feel ‘stickier’, don’t they? I like them much better. When the A3’s came off a few weeks ago they still had a lot of life besides the rear nail I picked up on my last ride to the dealer to change them.
    #92
  13. Lost in the world

    Lost in the world Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,075
    Location:
    Southeastern Minnesota
    The A3's felt like riding on oiled ball bearings. Besides that I am sure they are fine.....
    #93
  14. misanthropic

    misanthropic Zero

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2004
    Oddometer:
    1,688
    Location:
    Keller TX
    I’m lucky to have survived my last ride on them.
    #94
  15. ADVwxyz

    ADVwxyz yep Super Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2015
    Oddometer:
    610
    Location:
    vancouver
    My experience- the A3’s on the 2018 Rallye are bloody screaming banshees... especially in the rain. Can’t stand them.

    1700 km and they are coming off for the PR4’s.
    #95
  16. Pch123

    Pch123 Bar Crossings

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,393
    Location:
    East Coast Australia
    Agree . They are noisy and great at anything. Passable at most things

    Tell me ( genuine question presuming your Rally has the off road I proved suspension ) why are you putting road tyres on it?
    #96
  17. ADVwxyz

    ADVwxyz yep Super Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2015
    Oddometer:
    610
    Location:
    vancouver
    Good question!:

    This is my long distance tarmac touring bike for now until I get mom moved and I move cities at end of summer.

    I have a dialed F800GSA (which in my biased opinion) is the best bike for real adventure travel.

    I use that in Baja and on the trails up here. It is light enough to pick up, it is weight biased enough in the rear with fuel and gear on the back to lighten the front wheel in sand.

    As I use the 1200 for between Victoria and Vancouver, and city convenience for traffic and for parking, I did not need the 1200GSA either for that 80% of the 1200 riding (for now).

    Once I get my life sorted more, I am taking the 800 RTW.

    C373AAAE-DB66-42A9-97E9-E95123C73C0F.jpeg

    2C381510-47BF-4606-860D-6C8D470632CC.jpeg

    041C733A-B192-4FA3-BA73-2A07717BDDB6.jpeg
    #97
    Overanalyze and Kidder like this.
  18. path_finder

    path_finder Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2015
    Oddometer:
    275
    Location:
    Texas
    I can't speak for off pavement but my experience with the Scorpion Trail IIs is similar to oldadvtraveler. The Scorpions are fantastic on pavement. My experience with the Anakee IIs was that they weart well but weren't very confidence inspiring compared to the Scorpions.
    #98
  19. ObiJohn

    ObiJohn Screaming Banshee Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,110
    Location:
    Seattle suburbia
    I have 5K miles on the original factory set of A3s on my '17 GSA road (cast) wheels. they grip well on the road but are noisy/hum at freeway speeds and feel like they wander a little bit on tar strips on hot days. I have limited experience offroad, but they were not at all confidence inspiring on gravel roads, even reasonably well-groomed forest roads... they danced around considerably and I was very nervous with their felt lack of traction especially on the front. Glad I have a set of Anakee Wilds on my spoked wheels. When I replace the A3s it will be with something else... debating between a set of PR4s or the Avon Trekriders. Probably go with the PR4s as they are superb on my FJR for long road trips.
    #99
    htbyron likes this.
  20. Scott Parish

    Scott Parish Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2017
    Oddometer:
    157
    Location:
    Escondido, Ca
    I replaced the A3's on my new 16 GSA after 4K miles (just wanted new tires for a 10K trip) for PR4 Trails which provide superior feedback and handling on the road. However, going along a hard pack dirt road suddenly turning to sand had me wishing for outriggers on both sides. The tread pattern is clearly for road - not sure why the Trail designation in the name?