Michelin Anakee Adventure [Product Review]

Aug 07, 2019 View Comments by

Michelin Anakee Adventure

Michelin’s newest tire is called the Anakee Adventure, and it’s the fourth model for its trail tire range. Starting on pavement and ending more in the dirt, we now have the Road 5 Trail (100% on-road), Anakee III (90/10), the new Anakee Adventure (80/20), and the Anakee Wild (50/50). The Michelin Anakee Adventure comes on new BMW R 1250 GS and Moto Guzzi V85 TT motorcycles as standard equipment.

By now it’s no secret that most adventure bike owners primarily stick to pavement. Rarely do they venture down a dirt or gravel road, but they always want to be properly equipped when the pavement ends. I squarely fall into this category, too. When talking with Michelin’s team at the press event, and this took some digging, they revealed that aesthetics are a much bigger factor when riders decide to buy a tire than previously thought, and especially for this group of riders. Personally, that’s not a huge surprise. Just look at all the cool custom builds the last few years. Whatever the intended use or style of bike, about all had aggressive knobby tires spooned on. It looks much cooler and the knobby tires create depth and add style to an otherwise bland part of the bike. Afterall, a tire is round and black.

The Anakee Adventure employs 2CT technology in the front (2CT is their term for dual-compound technology). The softest part of both front and rear are the shoulders of the tire, followed by the center of the tire. This mix of compounds provides more grip when leaned over without sacrificing wear when riding on the center of the tread. The rear features a new 2CT+ compound. It’s the same principle as the front, but a little different. The softer compound on the rear tire’s shoulders are stacked on top of the firmer compound. The harder rubber underneath provides more rigidity when leaned over, especially when throttling hard out of curves.

Michelin Anakee Adventure tire review

I tested the new Anakee Adventure tires in Pahrump, NV, on a rather large group ride. If you’ve never been to Pahrump, let me tell you, there aren’t a lot of curves, but there are a lot of gravel roads! So for this 80/20 tire, I got more than 20% of riding time on loose surfaces aboard a BMW R 1200 GS with the tires inflated to normal street riding conditions. I felt confident at all times, whether exploring the dirt roads in Lovell Canyon or messing around in a dried-out lake bed. Riding with an unruly bunch that didn’t think much about controlled throttle inputs, I noticed that the tread pattern doesn’t cause a big roost at all. Makes sense, right? A knobby tire would kick up much more. So I was glad not to constantly get sprayed with rocks. The afternoon consisted of a paved ride toward Death Valley but turning the other way to loop back. We found some curves and probably went back and forth through that section 30 times. I’m very familiar with the Anakee line, because that’s what I’ve used on my ’97 Triumph Tiger as long as I can remember. The Anakee Adventure gave me that same confidence and grip when transitioning the GS from one side to the other and leaning it in hard.

Michelin Anakee Adventure tireThe next day two friends from Alberta, via Daytona, FL, came to ride into Death Valley with me. With just three, we could push the speed some more; that allowed me, now riding a Suzuki V-Strom 1000, to get even more feedback for the tire. And wouldn’t you know it, Death Valley had a bunch of curves, loose rocks strewn in the road, some washboard scenic drives, and every surface I could have wanted except sand and rain. The lighter weight of the Suzuki, compared with the BMW, gave me an even better impression of the Anakee Adventure. It’s marketed as an 80/20 tire, but it sure can handle some deeper gravel without giving up its spirited riding chops.

Michelin is a 125-year-old company that makes premium tires, not just for motorcycles, I heard. These new tires are available now in several sizes. Talk to your dealer about sizes. Pro tip: The last three times I bought tires, my local dealer had a better price than I found online, plus they didn’t charge me that extra fee for bringing in tires I bought elsewhere. For more information, see motorcycle.michelinman.com.


Photography: SixSpeed and Drew Martin




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As long as I can grab a handlebar, I'll ride it. Trail riding is becoming my favorite hobby as of late. Hope to meet you on the road.