Michelin Anakee Wild £185
So far there’s not been a great selection of genuine dirt-friendly rubber for the likes of the R1200GS and Yamaha Super Ténéré. Michelin are aiming to rectify that with their new Anakee Wild; the first radial block-tread tyre pitched as a perfect 50/50 on-road, off-road mix.
What are they like?
We fitted the Wilds to a 2014 liquidcooled R1200GS that gets ridden off-road a lot. The bike usually runs Continental TKC80S, which are a good all-round tyre, but they come unstuck in muddy conditions where the front-end tends to want to wash away.
The extra front-end grip from the Wild is immediate. You can push much harder with the bike not feeling like it wants to slip from underneath you. Rear traction is also good.
With traction control switched off you have to be aggressive with the throttle in order for the rear to spin up. On the road, like all block-tread tyres, the Wilds take some getting used to.
We found them less wooden at slow speeds than the TKC80S and once bedded in they roll nicely into corners and even in wet conditions they give plenty of confidence. But we’d be lying if we said these block-tread tyres don’t spoil a big adventure bike’s on-road refinement.
At speed the bike wanders (especially with panniers on) and the new Wilds are very noisy, so it takes decent earplugs to cancel out the constant road whine.
But that’s the inevitable compromise with this type of tyre, and if you want good grip off-road you have to sacrifice some on-road capability. In fact, we’d say they were more 70/30 biased towards off-roading than the claimed 50/50. As for longevity, judging by early wear rates we’d expect around 3000 miles from the rear. Definitely recommended if off-road ability is what you need.
Front: 110/80 R19 59R, 120/70 R19 60R, 80/90-21 48S, 90/90-21 54R. Rear: 110/80 R18 58S, 120/80 R18 62S,130/80 R17 65R, 140/80 R17 69R, 150/70 R17 69R, 170/60 R17 72R Q Contact www.moto.michelin.co.uk
So grippy the bike stands up by itselfé