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post #1 of 10 Old 06-28-2017, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 10 Old 06-28-2017, 10:33 PM
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This pic of one has the same thing.

https://motoadventurer.files.wordpre...w-motoadvr.jpg

I only see it on some tires though doing a quick search. Doesnt seem like they sell it in different compounds like the PR4 though. Strange.
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I find it interesting that Michelin states nothing about it and, evidently, most people don't notice it if Michelin does this to all their tires. Guess I check tires much more than I thought. What surprises me is if this is true, why others don't seem to notice the same thing. I mean, wow, I would think everyone who rides a bike would check their tires religiously for such marks.

Strange indeed...

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I noticed the same thing on my anakee 3s. didn't think much about it.

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My guess is that it is a thing called "antenna tread". Go to motorcyclistonline . com and search for it. They have an article explaining it. I can't link it due to my low post count. Or PM me if you can't find it and I'll try and send the link that way.

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I'm on my third A3 front, and each one has had this. I think it's probably normal, and I don't worry about it.
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I had it on my Anakees and was told it was an anti-static line built into the tire. They have been doing this for awhile, but I only noticed it on the Anakees. I have another bike with PR4's and don't see it.

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It's an Antenna thread and should be in all tires. It's just harder to see in some vs others due to the silica/rubber compounds. It's made to disperse static energy as well as help provide a path for lightning other than your foot when it touches the ground.

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It's an Antenna thread and should be in all tires. It's just harder to see in some vs others due to the silica/rubber compounds. It's made to disperse static energy as well as help provide a path for lightning other than your foot when it touches the ground.
Thanks for sharing the link. This is exactly the link I was mentioning earlier.

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Thanks for the replies, very interesting reading. Imagine that, almost all MC tires have it and almost no-one notices it, weird. This is the 4th set of tires on my bike and the first I've noticed it. I guess you really do learn something new everyday...

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