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post #1 of 30 Old 08-11-2014, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Any other Sons of Anakee here?

Putting on a new set of Michelin Anakee 3s before my trip. I've read a lot of good things about them. They seem like a good tire, fairly high mileage & grip well on wet roads.

Any of you using them? Likes? Dislikes?

I only ride on tarmac, so keep that in mind!

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Have a look around the "Suspension & Tire tech" thread. You'll have better luck.
I have about 1 K miles on my A-3s. I have noticed noise from the front tire, which has been reported by others.
Tread life is all over the board. For some, they aren't lasting very long. For others, they are getting good life out of them. From what I've read, it doesn't seem to relate to how the bike is ridden.

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I have had the Anakee 2's on before and put a fresh set of 3's on before leaving for Alaska from Arkansas last month. Well, I guess the front had maybe 1k on it before I left but the rear only had maybe 100 miles. I rode 10,366 miles and they still have some tread on them. I also hit a lot of chip and seal and rough pavement. Wet pavement was no problem but I don;t think that I could tell much difference over the 2's. When I was on the Dalton and other dirt roads I was wishing I had a more aggressive tire. I also didn't balance my front tire and it had a little vibration when I got over 85mph but it was not bad.
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Yep, noisy. Other than that, great. Probably have about 15k on them and front is toast urple_confused: (thought the front would wear out first - maybe it was some agressive cornering on last years big trip). It has decent tread, but had to plug her. Put a set of Conti Trail Attacks on Stromnado and loved them. Gotta set in the basement ready to mount.

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Putting on a new set of Michelin Anakee 3s before my trip. I've read a lot of good things about them. They seem like a good tire, fairly high mileage & grip well on wet roads.

Any of you using them? Likes? Dislikes?

I only ride on tarmac, so keep that in mind!
It will do well enough, but you're going to get far less life and wet weather grip than a sport touring tire like the Michelin Pilot Road 4's or the Bridgestone T30.

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I like the 3's fine, but be warned that if you do your own mounting with tire irons, they have VERY stiff sidewalls. I brought the wheels and tires to the dealer because of past experiences with other stiff sidewall tires.

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I had the A3 on my bike.
Decent tire.
Lasted ~16,000km (10000 mi)
However they make a whining noise at around 100km/h / 60 mph.
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Thanks for the info folks! I don't mount my own tires but I'll give my mechanic a heads up.

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I really like Anakees, since the first gen tires came out. But, if you don't ride off-road, why not get something like a Street Pilot Road3 or 4 Trail? Especially considering that most people say they can hear a difference with the Anakees. Never bothered me, but I always wear ear plugs.

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I have 9,000 on my front Anakee 3 (replaced in Florida last September) and 6,000 km on rear (unfortunately my Florida rear picked up a giant hunk of metal, temp patch with two plugs worked but threw it away after replacement.
These tires are great in rain and on dry. I don't notice noise (wear custom moulded earplugs). They were fine in July on some pretty rough gravel roads around James Bay and some hard packed dirt. Having said that, if you sadly never ride off road, I would suggest you consider the Michelin pilot road 4 series...lots of info on this forum..


Anakee 3 definately keep up with chunkier offroad tires (depending also on riders skill), this pic in Northern Quebec by James Bay, July this year


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