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Michelin launches Anakee Wild dual-sport tire

Friday, February 26, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Wes Fleming

Michelin announced the launch of its newest motorcycle tire, the Anakee Wild. Retail availability in the USA starts in March 2016.

The Anakee Wild is a radial tire designed for big on/off-road bikes and its initial launch features sizes that fit all years of the R 1200 GS - 110/80R19 and 120/70R19 for the front and 150/70R17 and 170/60R17 for the rear. Additional sizes will enter the market throughout 2016, covering most big trail bikes.

The tires are designed to adapt to all terrain types and situations and are perfectly aligned for those who see biking as an adventure and a means to experience and discover exciting journeys. It is aimed at riders who want to break away from paved roads and exploit the potential of bikes designed for roads or the most uneven, sandy, stony and muddy tracks.

The mission of the development engineers was to combine three performance characteristics: on-road stability and comfort; resistance to overheating and wear; and increased wet-road and off-road traction. The Anakee Wild achieves these goals through the new tread composition, optimized tread depth and the innovative design of the tread blocks, which was inspired by those used on Michelin Desert tires that won the Paris-Dakar Rally 33 times. Additionally, the tire is the first radial made available on four different sizes of knobby tires.

The new Anakee Wild was designed following the inputs from riders and developed with the help of T3 Aventure, a company specialized in extreme treks across all continents. T3 Aventure put the tires through severe testing over four continents; travelling nearly 25,000 miles on BMW R 1200 GS bikes with temperature variations of nearly 100 degrees.

During these four treks, different measurements and analysis made it possible to improve the Anakee Wild and add the final touches to the final version available in March. T3 Adventure made it possible to validate the tire's high mileage, durability and ability to adapt to all terrain types (from paved roads to the most abrasive tracks), as well as its comfort and riding precision. With the Anakee Wild, the participants on each trek were able to complete their adventures on the same set of tires and with total peace of mind.

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