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post #1 of 17 Old 12-08-2015, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Question Decisions, Decisions -- Ankee 3s or PR4s?

99% street riding. I live in the South so it does rain a bit. I would still like the ability of offroad if the opportunity presents.
About 9000 miles on the original Trailwings -- worn in the center with good outsides = too many straight roads. so I'm liking the harder centers on the PR4s.
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You don't want the Anakee III if you are a 90% street rider, so go with the PR4.

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I've used both. I prefer PR4 and, for your riding conditions, I'd recommend them. I was generally pleased with both but prefer PR4.

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I had Anakees and they squared off really bad doing a lot of highway and started to drone a lot. I intend to try more dirt & gravel so just put on TKC-70's; otherwise, the PR4's would have been my go-to for touring around on all asphalt. I love Michelin's and ran PR-3's and 4's on my Honda for years and they are excellent for both wet & dry grip and handling.

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I sure cannot recommend PR4's, at least not the "Trail" versions! I mounted PR3's front and rear to start with. Got 8,500 miles out of the rear PR3. New PR4's were out with advertised better mileage. Well, the PR4 might have gone 6500 miles if you ran it to the wear indicators. For tires that are well over $300 that is simply NOT acceptable mileage for a street tire. Tires had almost identical riding conditions. We were getting 8500 miles out of Bridgestone BT-023's. FYI-the Trail version has a softer center tread compound than the regular PR3-4's. The carcass does not seem to be heavier, so I am not sold on it being a good tire for gravel roads.

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I've used both. I prefer PR4 and, for your riding conditions, I'd recommend them. I was generally pleased with both but prefer PR4.
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While I owned my '07 Wee I had all three versions / generations of Anakees on it. Got generally good mileage from all of them, but did the best with PR4s (one of which (front?)) has to be trail (size for our Stroms). 10K miles on the front and 8K miles on the rear. Both were really, really worn out though (as were the Anakees). I don't have experience with others (other than the TKC70s now on my '12 Wee), but I'm probably heading back to PR4s when the time comes - probably next spring or early summer. I ride steep mountain roads with very tight curves all the time. I'm rough on tires. Yes, PR4s are expensive.

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I sure cannot recommend PR4's, at least not the "Trail" versions! I mounted PR3's front and rear to start with. Got 8,500 miles out of the rear PR3. New PR4's were out with advertised better mileage. Well, the PR4 might have gone 6500 miles if you ran it to the wear indicators. For tires that are well over $300 that is simply NOT acceptable mileage for a street tire. Tires had almost identical riding conditions. We were getting 8500 miles out of Bridgestone BT-023's. FYI-the Trail version has a softer center tread compound than the regular PR3-4's. The carcass does not seem to be heavier, so I am not sold on it being a good tire for gravel roads.

There are tires just as good for about 2/3 the price!
Must be the roads in Texas because I got 21,740 miles out of my front PR3 trail and only changed it because it was cupped. 12,323 miles out of the rear PR4.
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The PR4's I took off were much smoother for road than the Anakee III's I have on now. I have not tried the new Anakee's in dirt but they will most likely handle well.

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Give the Pirelli Angel GT a try if they come in Strom sizes, ran them on my Connie 14 and they were fabulous.

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Bridgestone has their new A40, which is an upgrade for their Battlewing, which is an upgrade over the Trailwing. Consider the A40 if your off-pavement is a bit challenging (and Bridgestone calls the A40 a 90/10 tire). BATTLAX ADVENTURE A40 | Motorcycle Tires | Bridgestone Corporation

Other good on-pavement tires are the Bridgestone Battleax T30, Avon Storm 3D X-M, the Angel GT, Continental ContiRoadAttack 2 EVO.
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