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post #1 of 274 Old 01-13-2013, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking about replacing my rear tire, I saw the Anakee's new iteration "3" is offered now. Michelin Anakee 3 Rear Motorcycle Tires

A new tire "architecture" is the marketing term they're using for this odd looking tire. They're also touting 20% longer wear compared to the 2. I'm tempted to try one based on that claim and the Michelin name.
Sure is odd looking: they've definitely departed from deep tread/blocky tread pattern. I can see the benefit of more surface contact area on pavement, but not sure about grip on dirt. Any thoughts?
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I somehow became aware of these Anakee IIIs a few weeks ago. I was hoping to see a new thread about them. On my K7 Wee I have an Anakee I on the front and an Anakee II on the rear. Both have performed just fine for me. I tend to trust the Michelin name, mostly because they have a great reputation in auto & truck tires and I believe they can't afford to risk compromising their reputation by making inferior / suspect bike tires.

If I were buying new tires I'd buy these Anakee IIIs. No doubt.

There are plenty of tire threads here where mileage is discussed, but at present my front tire has about 7500 miles (will probably go to about 10k) and the rear tire has about 5000 miles and appears good for about 5-7k more.

It's my suspicion that Michelin moved away from the great-looking (for Stroms) block-pattern AI and AII designs because of complaints from some folks about irregular "block" wear (which might have been caused, some report, by inadequate tire pressure). There are no "blocks" on the AIIIs, thus no blocks to wear irregularly. Just my thoughts, mind you. I really like the AI & AII look though. I'm sorry to see it go...

It sounds like you'll be buying well before I need to. I'd love to hear what you have to say about them after you buy them, should you decide to.

Regardless, good luck.
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Duno what to make of them. Here's some more photos
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I'm still going to run 705's to Alaska but thought that maybe I would try these for my everyday tire untill I saw the price!!.
No thanks,I can buy 2 705 radials for the price of 1 of these !!


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But, would one A3 out wear even two 705s, not to mention the cost and bother of the tire change?

A good rule of thumb is to consider very closely the newest tire design on the market of the usage you want (90-10 dual sport in this case) from any tire maker you trust. Car tires and bike tires. New technology in rubber compounds, tread design, carcass design, etc. are always coming out. If I was in the market for tires I'd get these, maybe waiting for the part2 video before my final decision if I could wait.

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Thanks for the pic of that tire on a bike, grubs. It doesn't look too bad mounted up and on a bike. Thanks for your comments Hokies. That's pretty much where I'm at with this tire.
I'll probably get a rear. Got 1 or 2 k left on the current rear and this winter has given riding opportunities so far, but I will offer a report once I've got them on and put a few miles on them - which could be May. If anyone else gets one on before then, please post a report. Would love to hear what you think..
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I change all my own tires,about 7-10 tires a year ( I have 2 solos and a sidecar rig ) .I can get about 10,000 miles out of a rear 705 @$75-80 each,and they do everything I ask them to do.I mostly run others take off's,right now I'm running a set of EXP's off a friends S10 and they have around 11,000 miles on them and they should last me another 2 months or so.I really like the EXP's,I ride year round in Seattle so my tires have to be good in the rain and the EXP's are as good as the 705's.


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Anakee III video

Video by Michelin introducing the Anakee III
MICHELIN Anakee III: Features & Benefits - YouTube
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But, would one A3 out wear even two 705s, not to mention the cost and bother of the tire change?

A good rule of thumb is to consider very closely the newest tire design on the market of the usage you want (90-10 dual sport in this case) from any tire maker you trust. Car tires and bike tires. New technology in rubber compounds, tread design, carcass design, etc. are always coming out. If I was in the market for tires I'd get these, maybe waiting for the part2 video before my final decision if I could wait.
Well this new tire better get 20,000 miles + to equal 2 705's!!.And I have always changed my own tires.


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