After riding the brilliant Continental TKC 80 tires for 13 months, 22nd of June 2012 it was finally time to switch to a new set of rubber on the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure. A year ago, I opted for the TKC 80 mainly because I was attending Adventure Days 2011 in Sweden where I would be doing a lot of off-road riding. The switch from factory fit road tires to the TKC 80 was a noticeable one, for sure. The obvious difference is the lack of grip and increased breaking distance, but of you study the tires, that should not come as a surprise to you!
One year of riding, 99% of which on paved roads, was enough for the TKC 80 rear tire, and it had to come off. I decided to try a new type, and after browsing the web for some good input, I came across the MICHELIN Anakee 2 which was recommended by many as a dual-purpose tire perfectly fit for the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure bike. Big thanks to the excellent team at Dekkmann Stavanger for their great service and affordable pricing (NOK 3.112,-)) of these tires compared to Stahlen MC (NOK 4.800,-). I have ridden the bike with the new tires for a couple of days now, back and forth to work, and I definitely love this setup. The grip is noticeable improved, and only now do I realize how “unstable” the TKC 80 actually felt on normal, paved roads.
Tomorrow (June 27th) I will be taking off for the summer’s first lengthy ride, packing my tent and sleeping bag and see where my GS Adventure leads me. With this new set of tires, I feel ready for anything; wet, slippery roads, high speed and take-overs, easy cruising – and the optional off-road adventure!
Please stay tuned to this website for further updates and reviews after more miles of riding experiences.
A taste for adventure?
Well, time will show. At least this is what the Michelin website promises:
No need to choose between grip and durability: MICHELIN Anakee 2 delivers both, with a minimum tyre life gain of 29% over its direct rivals for the same standard of grip performance in the wet! Michelin has achieved this by incorporating ingredients until now only used in the world of competition.
- 29% longer tread life 1
- No compromise on wet grip
- Genuine competiton technology
For more details, see: http://www.michelin.co.uk/motorcycles/michelin-anakee-2