Update: We mounted a set of Michelin Anakee 3 tires on a BMW GSA and put them to the test! Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the video!
The Michelin Anakee 2, one of the benchmark tires in the adventure touring segment, has been completely redesigned for 2013 with the new Michelin Anakee 3! Michelin Anakee Tires have long been praised for their good road manners and ability to tackle the occasional foray into off-road conditions. Dual Sport riders face a real challenge when shopping for dual purpose motorcycle tires. Our bikes are used on the pavement just like everyone else, whether it’s riding to work, to school, to Starbucks (gasp!), or to where the pavement ends – the fact is, you need a DOT legal tire to ride on the street. There are quite a few DOT knobbie tires to choose from, including the Michelin Cross AC10, or the Michelin T63 Tires. Michelin AC10 tires are designed for 90% dirt, 10% on-road, while the T63 tires are more of a 50/50 design. These work very well off-road, digging into the dirt for plenty of off-road traction. Their downfall, however, is they leave a bit to be desired on the road. Increased road noise, less corner stability on pavement, and a shorter tire life. So if you do any amount of road riding, you might really consider a more street oriented tire. Regular street bike tires can lead to rather harrowing off-road excursions, however – especially for bigger, heavier bikes. Enter: The Michelin Anakee 3 Adventure Tires.
Now, you may be thinking to yourself, those don’t look like any tire I’ve ever seen! That’s because, well, they don’t. Michelin has been known to think outside the box when it comes to tread design, and as a result has stayed on the cutting edge of tire technology. The Michelin Anakee 3 tread design is a departure from the norm and I’m sure will lead to questions about performance both on and off road. I can’t speak about their performance just yet, as we have yet to even see these in person, but I assure you we plan on getting a set mounted ASAP and testing them out – and we will of course report back with what we find.
What I can relay, however, is the data that Michelin has provided us with in regards to tire design, which might provide a little insight for the method to their madness. First things first, Michelin is using an all new silica tread compound which will yield more mileage than the Michelin Anakee 2 tires could. If you imagine sand mixed in with the rubber, that is a lot like the effect you get with silica. A compound that lasts longer but provides good grip in both wet and dry conditions. The casing of the Michelin Anakee 3 tires is also said to be stiffer, yielding better feedback and more precise handling.
Now let’s talk about that tread pattern… Michelin says this all new design can actually provide improved grip off-road as compared to the Anakee 2. Deep grooves help provide bite off road, while specially cut beveled edges evacuate water, mud, and gravel effectively. The design also promotes even wear and resists cupping or scalloping as it wears.
We can’t wait to get our hands on a set of new Michelin Anakee 3 Tires, and will be sure to post a full report once we have had a chance to test them out. The Michelin Anakee 3 is going to be available in both radial and bias ply versions. A list of available sizes as well as their corresponding load and speed ratings can be found below.
Update: February 2013!
We finally had a chance to get a set of the Michelin Anakee 3 Tires mounted on a BMW R 1200 GS Adventure and put them to the test! In a word, we were very impressed, and a bit surprised by just how well they performed all around, and we aren’t just saying that. Check out the video review below for some ride footage and our initial impressions!