Michelin Anakee Wild: Ongoing performance and tire life review

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First off let's address the mounting issues. Zero drama! Easiest set of motorcycle tires I have ever mounted in my life. Not much harder than a bicycle tire. No UHD tubes, no pinched tubes, no double rim locks, no vice grips. Only took 1/2 oz of weight per wheel to balance. I'm really liking these tubeless tires!! As an added bonus the Super Tenere rims have a super large and deep drop center so I assume even a stiff carcass tire will be no problem to mount.

To be honest the rear wheel removal was the hardest part of the whole deal. My first time doing a wheel removal/install on shaft drive with cush hub. The rubbers fell out and jammed everything up challenging me from removing the wheel. I'll tape it up next time:).

Since this will also be a tire life test the tread depth in the center of new tires are 7.5mm front and 9.5mm rear. I will be running 32psi front/36psi rear everywhere. Michelin does not recommend airing these down. And best of all they are a radial tire!! I don't know of any other radial knobby being produced. I'm not throttle happy so I'll be pleased if I can get 4,000 out of the rear and double that on the front.

How do they perform? Well first off they are the loudest howling knobby I have ever owned. I knew that going in. Even with ear plugs these tires scream and might annoy some. They are so loud you can hear them screeching over the wind noise at 70+mph!

Road performance: At first they were a bit sketchy at low speeds. A slight wobble and a bit tippy. After about 100 miles that goes away. In the corners you would never know these are a knobby tire. Very predictable and outstanding traction. On the freeway in the rain I was cautious so not sure about the grip there. They do do wander slightly and your bike moves around some underneath you. This is no different than any other knobby. Just the nature of the tire.

Off road performance: So far very limited. I only had a chance to do around 10 miles of jeep trail. The weight of the bike came into play way before the tires. The bike went right where I pointed it. Unfortunately I had zero experience off road with a 19" front wheel let alone a 600+ lb bike!! I got in over my head and had to turn back:
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Braking performance: This is a BIG selling point and one of my arguments to loving this tire. I had no intention being able to review the braking. Well, last week I had a very close call. A pickup truck driver was pissed at me only doing 70mph in the carpool lane. He cut into me and I had to brake HARD!! Nothing short of amazing. Nowhere near having the antilock engaging. I grabbed a handful of brake and felt the rear wheel almost as if it was lifting. THANK YOU JIMMY LEWIS!! My technique was not perfect but I utilized the stiffening of my arms and got back as far as I could. I have been practicing my braking for the last month and it's working. I can't believe the stopping power of this huge knobby on dry pavement!!

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Not a bad looking bike. Kind of a Mad Max look. For now this is the tire I will live with.

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The intended use for this tire is going to aprox 90%-95% paved and 5%-10% dirt. Reason for going to an extreme off road knobby is for those sections I can get through without turning around. And quite frankly, there is no safer or predictable tire made for in the dirt than a good old knobby. Now I just need to get my "big bike skills" up to par. I have to be careful because I've been primarily an off road rider most of my life. It's the weight of this bike and having a small front wheel that is challenging me. I almost got the Africa Twin. But I already have a nice dual sport bike. So I will continue to learn the limitations of this bike and myself as the miles increase.

I will revert back to this thread and update the performance and tire wear as I peel off the miles. For me, I'm really pleased that Michelin stepped up and designed this tire. I have been using Michelin tires on my street bikes for years. The quality and performance is proving it's worth so far.
 
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Coming from a dirt bike background a new knobby is 100% in the dirt. But a 50% worn knobby isn’t giving you near the performance of a new tire.

On the street it’s not quite as noticeable. A worn street tire still grips well.

It’s hard to Ride a brand new knobby 800 miles of pavement and then expect it to perform in the dirt like it was new.

I was hoping to try the E07 as kinda a compromise.
 
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Coming from a dirt bike background a new knobby is 100% in the dirt. But a 50% worn knobby isn’t giving you near the performance of a new tire.

On the street it’s not quite as noticeable. A worn street tire still grips well.

It’s hard to Ride a brand new knobby 800 miles of pavement and then expect it to perform in the dirt like it was new.

I was hoping to try the E07 as kinda a compromise.
That's pretty much true with any tire. They start losing performance as they wear. But even a knobby at the end of its life will be a lot safer than a new street tire (in the dirt). It's the side knobs that very rarely wear out. And that's the life saver. Even in sand the side knobs are what give you the traction to move forward. The side knobs are also what save you when leaned over.

I'm used to what an off road tire tire feels like as it wears and I'm pretty confident I'll be able to adjust to it just like any other knobby. OTOH, I might be way off base and wrong with my logic. The Super Tenere is not a dirt bike and 600lbs on a worn middle knobs might prove to be spooky.

I'm only hoping I will be able to adapt to it like on my dirt bikes when the middle wears out. Time will tell. This is a whole new experience for me. One of the guys in my dual sport club has the Tenere and runs the TK70's. The same guy does a lot of dual sporting here in Southern CA and knows what dirt roads are a go or no go. I don't have that knowledge. In fact I always seem to be the guy who starts out on a nice trail and a few miles in it's a nasty survival fest!

Heck, I might end up getting a set of E07's myself as I get miles on this bike.
 

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I been down some deep wet logging roads that I got into and wondered if I was gonna be in for a long walk out. I left mine laying in on its side for 3days in the freezing rain stuck in the La gumbo. Came back with my buddy and tortured it getting out. Knobbies on a 600 lb der are good for that.
 
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Off road update: I just got off the bike with a solid 14 miles of varied 2 track with some deep ruts and loose rocks. These Wild's are really showing their off road capability. I have nothing but good to say. I reached a point where I was going through loose rocks and felt as if I could take my hands off the bars. No sketchy feel to them such as a "chevron (E07) style" or smooth tire. I felt right at home in the the dirt with these. Of course this is only rough fire roads and not single track. The traction was amazing. I kept it on TC1 and it crawled and clawed through the loose gravel with zero drama. I had to keep reminding myself I'm on an over 600lb motorcycle!! I have to say, so far, these tires are a keeper.

Pavement update: Screaming and howling on the freeway with no earplugs today. Through the canyons you would never know these are a knobby other than the noise they make. It actually has a better feel than my OEM tires did. But they did get very loose in moss covered paved creek crossings even with steady throttling through. The turn in is very precise and predictable. As stated in my first review the hard braking is every bit as good as a street tire when the pavement is dry and traction is good

For anyone who is looking for a safe tire, so far so good!
 
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