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Michelin Anakee Adventure: A world first? (IMS Long Beach 2019)

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Michelin didn’t have any new-for-2020 adventure tires on display over the weekend’s IMS show in Long Beach, California, but it did have the recently-unveiled Anakee Adventure tire. And, Michelin says it’s a world first.

Michelin’s lawyers are working on making sure this claim is true, but the company believes the Anakee Adventure is the world’s first dual-compound adventure tire. The advantages of a tire like this should be immediately obvious to anyone who’s spent time on adventure bikes or dual sport bikes: good tires always wear out quickly once you start doing highway miles, as the soft compounds required for grip in the dirt wear quickly on-pavement.

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Will the dual-compound design work well for both street and dirt use? We’ll try to get a tester to find out. Photo: Zac Kurylyk

For that reason, Michelin put a longer-wearing compound down the centre of the tire, and softer rubber on the sidewalls. It’s not a new idea, of course, this sort of design is common elsewhere in the motorcycle world, but so far it’s been relatively unexplored in the adventure bike scene.

The Anakee Adventure is aimed at an 80-20 mix of street and off-road riding,

Michelin also did some re-engineering of the tire’s lugs to cut down on mid-corner wobble. Will it work? We’ll have to wait for one of the ADVers on here to grab a pair and let us know. Same goes for the expected mileage; Michelin reckons a rider should get 6,000-8,000 miles on a rear, but of course that depends on throttle usage, on terrain, and other variables.


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