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Old 04-25-2013, 06:28 PM   #1
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Anakee 3's

Anybody out there running the new Michelin Anakee 3 tires. Time for a tire change on my 2010 GSA and was wondering about these new kids on the block. Any good on gravel and forest roads? I am just curious. Thanks
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:40 PM   #2
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I'm running A3's on a 2010 GSA. I just returned from 4 days of riding in the tri-state mountains of Gerorgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. I have zero chicken strips left on the front or rear. My past tires include Torrance EXP, Torrance x 2, and Anakee 2's. I'm a very aggressive pavement rider and love to throw the GSA around on the twisty stuff. I rode a full day in the rain during the 4 day ride. Previously, I thought the A2's were the best of the bunch overall, better bang for the buck. However, so far, the A3's provide a better feel when dropping into a switchback and really challenging the tire. On the open road, a little quieter, in the rain I had no problems riding a normal speed in the mountains. I can't say anything about gravel or fire lanes, but wouldn't expect too much from the tire. It appears more pavement focused.

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Old 04-25-2013, 07:26 PM   #3
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The local shop is out of anakee 2's-

I have an appointment to get the 3's spooned on next week. I was "assured" they are at least the equal of the 2's off road, something about both compound and tread. I am skeptical (by nature) but will see...they DO look pavement oriented.

Per the sales guy, the company "partnered" with BMW in development

I did get serious cupping on the front with the anakee2 s- otherwise loved teh tire
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:15 PM   #4
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riding the A3's on the new LC as well.
coming from a trackbike and ditto riding style I can say the A3's are holding up pretty well in corners
Only when exiting very hard on sharp turns in Second gear, the rear tends to search a little bit for grip.

took it in Enduro mode on some loose gavel roads, and the grip drops immediately to nearly 10% in compare to road surface. Instantly going sideways on the rear tire, and abs kicking a soon as you brake...
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:00 PM   #5
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Did everyone get bad cupping on the Anakee fronts? I did on every one I installed on my 08 GSA, despite trying different tire pressures. Just the wear characteristics of that tread design on this bike...
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:19 PM   #6
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I have 1.5k miles or mixed riding on the a3's, I don't think I have to add anything to what has been said on road about them, off road however I was skeptical at 1st and now im disappointed, with the bike upright it grips ok but once you ever tip the bike so slightly to transition between turns tractions just falls off the deep end, my front end just wants to wash out unexpectedly and forget about using the throttle to make the rear come around the turn, its either traction on or no tractions and it kicks off rather violently....off road they feel no different that the street only pilot road 3's
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:24 PM   #7
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I have a A3 on the rear only and so far it is great on road . But I am hearing a high pitch winey sound now . Anyone else hear it on A3 @ 40 -50 mph ?
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:57 AM   #8
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So far I like them...

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The local shop is out of anakee 2's-

I have an appointment to get the 3's spooned on next week. I was "assured" they are at least the equal of the 2's off road, something about both compound and tread. I am skeptical (by nature) but will see...they DO look pavement oriented.

Per the sales guy, the company "partnered" with BMW in development

I did get serious cupping on the front with the anakee2 s- otherwise loved teh tire
Did a ride out the pony express and they did OK on the flats with marble size rocks. Took the air down to 28psi and they seemed to hold better than fully inflated. On the twisties I am scraping the center stand and every once in a while I think I am scraping the pegs, quite by accident though... The dealer in Murry sold them almost as cheap as I could have gotten them on line and then spooned them for $15 each... Not bad considering I did not have the time or tools to changed them out myself.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:59 AM   #9
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Did everyone get bad cupping on the Anakee fronts? I did on every one I installed on my 08 GSA, despite trying different tire pressures. Just the wear characteristics of that tread design on this bike...

Yeah, got one out back with major cupping and only after thaking it off did I notice how bad... Would have swapped out sooner if I had noticed.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:21 PM   #10
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A3 Noise

Yep, I'm running A3s front and rear and they're whiney on the pavement.

Also, hit a small bit of gravel during a turn on the blacktop and lost the front end momentarily. Figured I was on my way down when I grabbed some throttle, caught her, and pulled her out. I'm a big guy (6' 3" and 275 pounds), and keep 36 psi up front, maybe it's too much so I'll go down a couple pounds. That slip-n-slide at 35 mph was enough to put the fear of God in me.

Haven't been off road yet...
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:44 PM   #11
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I have a A3 on the rear only and so far it is great on road . But I am hearing a high pitch winey sound now . Anyone else hear it on A3 @ 40 -50 mph ?
Same here. I get a high pitched road noise sound too. For me though it depends on a few things like speed, road surface type and angle of the bike. With certain combination of those three things, I get a slight whine from the tires.

Other than that, like everyone else said, really grippy and fun on dry streets. Pretty good in the rain. But throw them something simple like a gravel driveway and they become a joke. I had the rear come loose on a little sand even.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:35 AM   #12
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Did everyone get bad cupping on the Anakee fronts? I did on every one I installed on my 08 GSA, despite trying different tire pressures. Just the wear characteristics of that tread design on this bike...
Never, never! And I've been through truckloads of em! Part time road racer, I tend to give it plenty on the blacktop, and never a problem in that regard. Dodgy on the dirt but......looking at the 3s, I'd imagine they would be even way dodgier...but will be super groovy on the road.

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Old 05-01-2013, 04:20 AM   #13
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Thanks everyone. Suspicions confirmed. Ride safe
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:37 AM   #14
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Did a ride out the pony express and they did OK on the flats with marble size rocks. Took the air down to 28psi and they seemed to hold better than fully inflated. On the twisties I am scraping the center stand and every once in a while I think I am scraping the pegs, quite by accident though... The dealer in Murry sold them almost as cheap as I could have gotten them on line and then spooned them for $15 each... Not bad considering I did not have the time or tools to changed them out myself.
Thanks-
Thats where I'm headed later today-
I may opt for the 2's....
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:45 AM   #15
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Yep every Anakee II I've run and I've ran quite a few. It also last through 2 rears. Just gets a little more noisy and a bit more vibs through the bars but seems to work well still.

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Did everyone get bad cupping on the Anakee fronts? I did on every one I installed on my 08 GSA, despite trying different tire pressures. Just the wear characteristics of that tread design on this bike...
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