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post #1 of 16 Old 07-01-2012, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Anakee II - observations

I have both Anakee II installed - the rear with 3000 miles, and the front with 1000.
I did not like them in the beginning as they slipped and did not much give confidence in cornering, but the rear is fully broken in and works fine, and the front starting to be the same.
Yet they do not corner as well as the Trailwings. The Anakees resist the corner/lean initially, and then there is kind of a drop into the lean. With the trailwings it was much more linear.

The main observation I have is fuel consumption. I ride *exactly* the same as before and yet the fuel consumption has gone up from 47 to 50-51 MPG. This is repeatable after 4 gas tanks with the new front.

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Oh, man! Every time I convince myself that the Anakee II will be my next tire, I read someone's review that makes me think NOT. Then someone else's review brings me back to wanting to try them out. I guess the only way to really know if they will work well with MY bike configuration and MY riding style is to try them. I guess there are worse problems to have.


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Oh, man! Every time I convince myself that the Anakee II will be my next tire, I read someone's review that makes me think NOT. Then someone else's review brings me back to wanting to try them out. I guess the only way to really know if they will work well with MY bike configuration and MY riding style is to try them. I guess there are worse problems to have.


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Just a note:
My cornering observations are subjective, but as for the fuel consumption they are much more objective - the fuel pump doesn't lie. I ride in the same style (= aggressive) and the tires are not the same. Nothing else has been done to the bike.

I escaped this weekend - Did NJ -> MD -> Harper's Ferry (WV) then through PA pine forests (amazing) back to NJ...quite a trip.
And I was analyzing the tires behavior all the time - highway, back country roads & corners.

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The main observation I have is fuel consumption. I ride *exactly* the same as before and yet the fuel consumption has gone up from 47 to 50-51 MPG.
Do you mean to say that fuel consumption has decreased? I.e., that mpg trends have improved, courtesy of the Anakee IIs?
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Do you mean to say that fuel consumption has decreased? I.e., that mpg trends have improved, courtesy of the Anakee IIs?
Yes, due to usage of Anakee IIs MPG has improved from 47 to 50 MPG.
I did an Iron Butt with the rear Anakee II and did not notice that much of difference (it was 48-49, but that difference is small enough to be considered an error), but ever since I changed the front tire it is noticeable.
I check proper tire pressure periodically - 40 psi in the back, 35-36 typically in the front.

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That is a huge improvement in fuel consumption, BigMan.
Somewhere around 7% is colossal.
Easily done with a small change in average cruising speed, or a small change in "limpness of the wrist".

But "just in tires"??
Higher hysteresis rubber, or a softer baggier carcass would give more frictional drag.

But the usual contribution by wheels to the overall drag is quite small for bikes : and, all other things being equal, it would suggest that the Michelins have half or less of the drag of the Bridgestones.
Short of continuous wheelying [is that what you mean by your "aggressive" riding style? :mrgreen: ], it is hard to picture such a giant difference occurring, in the absence of other factors playing a major role.

Sherlock Holmes would have said, that there must be some other explanation . . . . however improbable!
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That is a huge improvement in fuel consumption, BigMan.
Somewhere around 7% is colossal.
Easily done with a small change in average cruising speed, or a small change in "limpness of the wrist".

But "just in tires"??
Higher hysteresis rubber, or a softer baggier carcass would give more frictional drag.

But the usual contribution by wheels to the overall drag is quite small for bikes : and, all other things being equal, it would suggest that the Michelins have half or less of the drag of the Bridgestones.
Short of continuous wheelying [is that what you mean by your "aggressive" riding style? :mrgreen: ], it is hard to picture such a giant difference occurring, in the absence of other factors playing a major role.

Sherlock Holmes would have said, that there must be some other explanation . . . . however improbable!
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I just reported my observations, and perhaps flawed conclusion. I have now 11K miles, so have some perspective, and haven't seen 50MPG since the break in period days.

Maybe the bike's engine is less stiff/getting 'looser', who knows?

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I am on my second set of Anakee 2's. Generally I like them. A little noisier than the Tourances I used before. Fuel mileage about the same (52 mpg) and tire life maybe 2k miles better rear but the front cupped before it was near worn out. I'll probably buy them again when needed.
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I like mine so far. Most immediate difference compared to stock tires is road noise. The knobbier tread definitely increases road noise a bit compared to a sport touring style tire.

I like everything else so far and I'm hoping to get around 15k miles out of them. If I get the usual 10k, I'll look at other options again.

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I've had my rear Anakee2 from edge to edge on pavement, nothing unpredictable at all. Front sticks well, no surprises dry or wet. Glad I have them.

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