Michelin Anakee 3's
Wow, it's been quite a while since I've been on here, it's been a busy couple of years (plus I couldn't get my password reset after the "changes" and got lazy).
Anyway, quick question for all of you who run Michelin tires. I just put a set of the Anakee 3's on the bike and noticed a line running the circumference of the front tire. Being seriously anal about such things, as not wanting a tire to come apart and crashing, I called Michelin about it. I told them that it looks like a small cut but nothing on the bike is touching the tire (front) and it wouldn't be a road hazard that would do that. I was told to take it to the shop, have them look at it and if I need a new tire to have them put it on. I would have to pay for the new tire but they would send me a reimbursement check for it. I searched google for this forum and couldn't find anything about this particular issue. I finally found another person, on a Ducati forum back in 2008, that had the exact same thing and was told it was an anti static carbon strip built into the tire. I have never heard of such a thing and have never seen anything like that on a tire, ever. So..., I checked the rear tire since I haven't seen anything on that one yet. Sure enough, when I run my finger nail across it I can feel the same thing, just off center line.
So, are all Michelin tires made this way? I attached pics to show what it looks like...
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