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post #1 of 26 Old 09-14-2009, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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New Tire: Worse than Baskin Robins!!

I know, I know, sort of another tire question... Tried searching, but wasn't able to come up with some straight information....

The three tires that are on the radar for me are the Michelin Anakee 2, the Metzeler Tourance EXP, and the Bridgestone Battlewing. I found a comparison test in Motorrad Magazine (a German mag apparently?) where they tested all three (along with several others).

-The Anakee (the one I'm leaning towards) placed dead-last in the dry, third in the wet, and an overall finish of 3rd in the test.
-The Metzeler out-performed the Anakee, but placed dead last for wear.
-The BattleWing was mid-pack across the board.

So, given that I do 99.9% on-road riding, and of that, 95% of that is freeway, and I'm a very tame rider by any standards, that raises three questions:

1)To those with the Anakee, how bad are they, really, in the dry? My excitement might be a speedy sweeping off-ramp, but that's about the extent of my agressive riding.

2)To those with the Tourance, how well do they hold up? If I can get 10-15 thousand miles on them, I'll be happy.

3)For the BattleWing riders, is anyone really UNhappy with them?

And for my purposes, price isn't an issue... All three are within $30 of each other from the local bike shop.

I gotta order something ASAP. Riding season is rapidly coming to an end!
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post #2 of 26 Old 09-14-2009, 11:31 AM
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Tourance EXP tires are sticky and the rubber will will wear faster.
Mine work well and I seem to give the expected wear mileage that I researched. Expect 10 to 18,000miles on the front and 7 to 15,000 miles on the rear.
Rubber is cheaper than Vstrom or my body own parts. EXPs are good insurance.
Good tires aren't that much more expensive than cheap tires and if your don't crash then you and the bike will last longer.
I'm "sticking" with EXP.

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If you need a mostly street tire - why not get the one that won the test - the Conti Trail Attack?

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If you need a mostly street tire - why not get the one that won the test - the Conti Trail Attack?
Because I need something that's at least moderately capable on gravel as there are several around me I sometimes need to travel, and that requires some degree of grooving (i'd rather not get off and walk it, y'know?)... The pattern on that tire is awful sparse to be capable on gravel, let alone rain. I find it difficult to believe it would feel the least bit stable on anything other than dry pavement.
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A good combination is for economy is a Tourance EXP front with an old style Tourance rear. The old Tourance wears like iron but is a little loose.

Battlewings are doing well for me but won't wear as long as the Tourance. Since your concerns seem to be around price/longevity I'd buy the Tourance combo and be done with it.
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Because I need something that's at least moderately capable on gravel as there are several around me I sometimes need to travel, and that requires some degree of grooving (i'd rather not get off and walk it, y'know?)... The pattern on that tire is awful sparse to be capable on gravel, let alone rain. I find it difficult to believe it would feel the least bit stable on anything other than dry pavement.

And you would be wrong. The biggest surprise I had with my trail attacks is how well they do on gravel roads. Granted if the gravel is thick and really loose they can be a handful but so will every tire I've ever used except for true, non-dot knobbies. I've been adventure touring for almost 20 years and so have had the opportunity to try out many of the tires out there, at least the ones from the big companies. I try to stay away from the really cheap tires.

The trail attacks allow me to corner on asphalt until I'm scrapping the pegs and other assorted bits hard and yet when I hit a gravel stretch I don't need to slow down. As a buddy on a sport bike says, gravel road construction areas are my "passing lanes".

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And you would be wrong. The biggest surprise I had with my trail attacks is how well they do on gravel roads. Granted if the gravel is thick and really loose they can be a handful but so will every tire I've ever used except for true, non-dot knobbies. I've been adventure touring for almost 20 years and so have had the opportunity to try out many of the tires out there, at least the ones from the big companies. I try to stay away from the really cheap tires.

The trail attacks allow me to corner on asphalt until I'm scrapping the pegs and other assorted bits hard and yet when I hit a gravel stretch I don't need to slow down. As a buddy on a sport bike says, gravel road construction areas are my "passing lanes".
They would appear to be an excellent dry-weather tire for sure, given their lack of tread pattern. But I have no desire to scrape pegs, and seldom even need to scoot my butt to the side for more than a fun off-ramp. If I ever end up scraping any of the hard-parts off my bike, the follow-up isn't going to be pretty....

I may have to give them a second thought though. It's honestly hard to believe that this:


will out-perform this:


or this:


or this:


in the wet or loose stuff.... I mean, where does the water go in the wet? Where are the biting edges on gravel? It's just surprising, that's all....

I know you can't judge a tire by the look of its tread pattern.... but still, it's surprising.
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Hey gijoe,

On our recent trip to Maine and back(right at 3,000 miles), I was VERY happy with the way that the Tail Attacks performed.

We rode in rain almost every day, we rode a fair share of dirt and gravel, and even riding a good distance in a straight line my tires still looked great!!

Right now I've got a little over 4,000 miles on them...and I'd say the rear is good for another 3,000 easy...and the front hardly looks worn at all.

Lastly, I am a pretty aggressive rider...and these tires are keepers as far as I'm concerned.

I really don't think you can go wrong with any of your choices...I'm just merely giving a plug for the Tail Attacks.

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plus for the anakee....cant tell you how thay stack up agaist the others, but i have no complaints for any road condition with anakee. including two up down some jeep trails with my wife hitting me on my back....oops i'm not going to talk about that!
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Big +1 for Battlewings or Trail Attacks....can't go wrong.

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