Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: New Brunswick, Can
Michelin anakee 3 review
During my ownership of the Vee I have run Tourance tires and K76's (Heideneau) (front and rear). I stayed away from Michelin tires believing that you paid for the "name" not necessarily tire quality and durability. Then in 2017 I was reviewing various tires (prices, durability and stability under load). In this particular forum they were discussing the pros and cons of the anakee 3's with one poster simply stating "just try it" and I did.
In the summer of 2017 I was preparing for a cross Canada trip from Nova scotia to British Columbia. Minimum mileage 10,000 km. I had done the trip before but had to change the rear tire (tourance) in Ottawa on the return trip. This time I decided to use a K76 (heidenau ) on the front and a Anakee 3 on the rear. Pressure 36 front and 41 rear. Weight on the bike including my self and camping gear was slightly over 400 lbs. For the purist it's ok to mix bias ply with radials. In an attempt to extend tire durability my max speed was 100km/hr even in 110 km/hr zones (4 lane roads).
I was lucky in that it was sunny for the 17 days with head winds headed west and back winds headed east. So the wind factor more or less cancelled out.
The roads were, in general, in good condition with construction zones here & there. Max speed limit in Ontario ( hwy 17) ranged from 50 km to 90 km with a lot of hills. Average temp was above 25 C with the humidex being above 30 C.
Taking off and stopping were neither fast nor slow and largely depended on the traffic around me.
On the return trip (nearing Ottawa) the tires were in excellent shape with plenty of tread so I traveled the last 1200km at 110 to 120 km/hr.
For the tires: The front K76 acted as expected with little wear. The anakee 3 after 10,000 km had plenty of tread left.
I am now at 12000 km with the tires and the Anakee 3 has 5 mm of tread left (center) .
At this point I am being aggresive with the bike in an attempt to determine why the bike refuses to accelerate past 5000 rpm in 5th gear (probably fuel pump blockage).
In conclusion I am very happy with the rear anakee 3,; good mileage & dependable. It is now my go to tire for long trips and heavy weight. I fully expect to get 15000 km on the rear tire once I fix the bike. The front K76 is also a good tire, and when the tire begins to scallop simply turn it 180.