2016-04-05

Michelin Anakee Wild Tire Review

Via Motorcycle.com: Michelin Anakee Wild Tire Review


What it is, really, is a street-going knobby for big, heavy adventure bikes, which are all the rage lately in case you hadn’t noticed. The leader of that dusty, BMW R1200GS-riding pack has for years been the Continental TKC80, which Michelin had squarely in its sights with the new Anakee Wild, as well as your Metzeler Karoo 3 and Heidenau K60 Scout. The Anakee Wild (not to be confused with the Anakee 3) cleans all their clocks, according to Michelin (as well as being good at cleaning itself in mud).

The main problem with street knobbies is lack of mileage; Michelin says independent lab Dekra came up with these results compared to the leading brand.

The main problem with street knobbies is lack of mileage; Michelin says independent lab Dekra came up with these results compared to the leading brand.

040416-michelin-anakee-wild-tire-beaverOn pavement, you’ll notice the spider chart rates the Michelin 30% higher in high-speed stability as well (based on Michelin’s own testing). According to the engineers Michelin shipped in from France to ride around with us for a day up in Ballinger Canyon, California, that’s mostly because the new tire uses radial construction, instead of the more typical bias-ply used in most of these tires, including the TKC80. “The bias tire is like a balloon,” said one of the engineers, “That’s not the case with this radial; its profile never changes.”Read more...

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