The first motorcycle i bought, a BMW 1200GS, was issued with Michelin Anakee 2 tires size 150/70 17. I had my doubts but soon discovered that this was no ordinary tire. The maiden trip was almost 1200km on mostly gravel roads through the Tankwa Karoo to Loeriesfontein, then onto Verneukpan(few land speed records been set there) and back. As everybody was riding with knobbies(Heidenau, Metzeler, etc.), except me, i was a bit nervous about what lied ahead. Shortly after we hit the gravel, we had our first puncture. After the second puncture, i wanted to quit but made the decision to keep on. Only two of us finished without any tire trouble. Myself one of them.
The Michelin Anakee 2 is rated 70/30 by Michelin but i proved it to be the other way around. Average miles on a rear tire used 70% offroad and 30% sealed road was about 10 000km.
When the Anakee 2 was no longer available, i tried the Anakee 3 size 170/70 17. I don’t like the tread and never will. Michelin claimed that the increase in grip and better handling doesn’t compromise durability, but i would like to differ. With more than 12 rear tires finished in the past 3 years, i can truly state that although handling and grip is better than the Aanakee 2, tire life is only 7 000km. A 30% decrease.
I never had any problems with the Anakee 3 and will keep on fitting them. I will try the Anakee Wild when released in South Africa