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Cycle News 2020 Issue 20 May 19

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VOLUME 57 ISSUE 20 MAY 19, 2020 P87 service roads quickly thereafter. The on-road manners of the Ana- kee Wild tires are fantastic. Stable and predictable when entering fast corners and really quiet for such an aggressive tire. That said, if you're not used to riding on knob- bies, you may find them noisier than what you're used to. To me it's worth the compromise for the performance gained off-road. When the pavement turned to dirt, the fun began—fun, in terms of sliding the rear from side to side, a little more than I expected. I was a bit surprised since they really do well when the bike is straight up. Compared to some of the 80/20 tires that we've recently tested, I started to understand pretty quick- ly why Michelin calls this tire a 50/50. The rear slides around a lot when you're hard on the throttle in rocks and sand. However, the front tire makes up for what's lacking in off-road lateral stability in the rear. I was impressed with how well the front of the bike turned in initially and then held its line throughout the turn. Deep mud, however, wasn't so pleasant in the front because the mud packed in and didn't clear out as quickly as I'd like. That said, the rear fared much better in the mud and, similar to how the front helps the rear in loose rocks and sand, the rear really comes to the rescue in the mud—staying on the throttle quickly cleans it out and keeps you •A bit pricy •Good all-around performance •Stable and predictable on all surfaces •Higher mileage than an 80/20 tire MSRP: $151.95 (21 in.); $286.95 (18 in.) Website: moving in the direction you want to go. Once back on the pavement, Michelin's categorization of this tire as a 50/50 makes perfect sense. It works much bet- ter on twisty tarmac than the full DOT knobbies I've ridden recently. Hard braking on all surfaces was excellent, and while the Africa Twin I tested them on will not let you disengage the front ABS, the rear was off com- pletely, and I had loads of fun sliding the rear Anakee Wild into and out of the turns supermoto- style. The electronics on most of the newer-model ADV bikes will keep the power slides predict- able, depending on your settings, so the fact that the rear tire breaks loose often in the dirt just means that you'll have that much more fun riding it. All in all, the Michelin Anakee Wild may be the perfect "do it all" tire. You can ride it ag- gressively both on and off the road, and when you consider that this tire should last most riders up to 6000 miles (especially up front), depend- ing on how active your right wrist is and other factors, it's definitely worth the slim difference in off-road performance versus a full 80/20 DOT knobbie. Keith Dowdle WILD ADV TIRES

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