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Well, can't say there's been an overwhelming response from the Aussies here...so I assume none using them?

FWIW I was asking the question because they've only very recently been released in Australia and the Michelin Aust rep had mentioned the tyre had undergone some recent revamps to reduce noise (one of the few criticisms from earlier reviews from the US)

I bit the bullet and put some on my V2 on Friday last.
Early thoughts are they're no noisier than Heidenau K60s I ran on my previous GS and they feel way better on road than the TKC-80s I ran prior to the Heidi's on the GS.

They change the handling of the bike completely.
Only need to think it through corners, and boy do they bite dirt hard. Early days yet, so we'll see how they go over the next few months. They've yet to scrub in completely and given early thoughts, i'm anticipating they might be a tire I'll want to keep running.




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Just an update on how the Wilds are going.

They're not.

They seemed to get noisier and noisier (particularly on very hot pavement) to the point that even with ear plugs they were annoying and the constant droning from very low speeds drowned out all engine and wind noise.

Added to that, I simply wasn't getting the chance to hit dirt as much as I'd hoped.

So after 2,300kms I've replaced them with Mitas E07s. Not as noisy, and feel far more balanced and stable on the black top, particularly cornering. The tip in on the wilds was just a little too extreme for my taste.

The difference between the wild and the e07 off road is not that easy to pick.

So in my case, fitting the Wilds was an ex$pensive mistake.
 

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Just an update on how the Wilds are going.

They're not.

They seemed to get noisier and noisier (particularly on very hot pavement) to the point that even with ear plugs they were annoying and the constant droning from very low speeds drowned out all engine and wind noise.

Added to that, I simply wasn't getting the chance to hit dirt as much as I'd hoped.

So after 2,300kms I've replaced them with Mitas E07s. Not as noisy, and feel far more balanced and stable on the black top, particularly cornering. The tip in on the wilds was just a little too extreme for my taste.

The difference between the wild and the e07 off road is not that easy to pick.

So in my case, fitting the Wilds was an ex$pensive mistake.
Pics of Wilds v E07s

https://goo.gl/photos/UsZQWAGzWR3pg3Z89
 

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I found my K60s a bit unnerving with the tip-in when I first fitted them, but after a week I didn't notice it.
 

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Thanks for the update Bill. Had been tossing up between the Wild's and the E07's for the next set on my bike. I think I'll go with the E07's. As much as I want to hit the dirt, there will still be a reasonable amount of black stuff before I get there, so probably best to go with the better road handling. Thanks for the pic's too - it's always good to be able to see pics of tyres side-by-side for comparison.
 

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I found my K60s a bit unnerving with the tip-in when I first fitted them, but after a week I didn't notice it.
I really enjoyed the K60s on my previous GS, and I like to try different hoops, but for me, the Wilds were a poor fit ...particularly given I couldn't currently give them the dirt riding commitment they're probably more suited for.

The tip in of the Wilds was something different. Even the fella that sold and fitted them warned me to take the first corner with a lot of care. Glad he did. If he hadn't I'd have been looking for mechanical fault.
I guess being a radial construction v the more conventional cross-ply for 50-50 tyres contributes to that.

These are my first taste of the the E07s and they remind me a lot of the K60s, good dirt bite, awesome confidence in cornering, some inevitable hum, but nowhere near as bad as the Wilds (or Conti TKC80s I've had in the past) and as an added bonus, the Mitas are not as $pensive as any of the others.

Took them for a run to the bush this arvo through about 20kms of dirt roads, and a few kms of some nasty rutted bush (dry black-soil) tracks. Then sat happily on 130km/h on the blacktop for the run home. They felt real good.:grin2:
 

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I put an Anakee Wild on the front of my 2012 650 – and with the rear Tourance – I found the turn in on the tar really severe and alarming initially. The really loud noise on tar had me swap it out very quickly.
Now have Motoz Tractionator GPS f + r
 
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