So I was looking at the Anakee-II tires to replace my stock set in the future, but I have a question to make sure I'm thinking correctly.
I need a tire that will work well in the wet or dry, but needs to have less "wiggle" on grooved and tar-snakey pavement. My thinking is that the Anakee-II's have such a flat profile they would do well by having more contact on the ground at any given time and therefore be less likely ti "wiggle" on grooved pavement.
What can I say, Seattle LOVES it's grooved pavement, and my 52 mile commute each day round trip consists of about 36 miles of grooved pavement.
There is only a rear that will fit unless you run the 130/80 size rear tire on the front. Ednukey likes that combo. I haven't been willing to give that a try yet, in comparison to the stock 120/70 it's a huge tire.
I would say it would be worth a try, at least for the rear. They are highly rated for wet, and good for dirt. Dry is just okay, but stable anyway, according to user reports online.
Unless you are looking for more off-pavement capability, my recommendation would be for a proper fitting road tire with a high rating for wet stiction. The scorp sync's would be an excellent choice and they come in the right size. The Pilot Roads are another. Both would do well on the groved pavement.
I was out to Chapparal's last weekend and they have a huge warehouse full of tires and got a chance to look close at all these tires we've discussed. The AII's are really a good looking tire, but they are quite a bit smaller than a 160/60 and are very much more round in tread profile than a standard road tire, like the sync, angel, etc. The latter are much more pointed in the center and are obviously made to provide a larger contact patch once leaned over. I got to see close up the syncs, anakee, conti attack series, distanzia, tourance, angel st, mt-60's, roadsmart, PR2.
For a dual sport type setup, without going to an off-size tire for the front (which I don't favor for myself) the MT-60 has to be a good combo tire and best for any off-pavement. It does have a pretty shallow tread depth, but wear seems to be quite low on the front of our bike. The distanzia second with a matched rear - very soft rubber compound on them, you can actually feel it. For the rear, longest wear would be the tourance, better traction and performance would be the anakees. For the most part, the strom riders prefer the anakees over the tourance by a quite a margin based on their thread discussions. I really liked the look of the MT-60 front with a sync rear. Right size, same brand, great looking combo but I have not ridden any of these types of combos as I still have the stock sportmax on mine. From all the studying and research that's probably what I would buy today. The only tire they didn't have was the scorp-trails, but I got a good look at those on the new Ducatis and I really like the way they look and the reports on their performance. Not very aggressive for dirt, but have been said to be as good or better than any of the others, like tourance or anakee2, and just excellent on road. One would think they would have to be, being they are fitted on the new 1200 multistrada.
For a road tire, the roadsmarts are really nice, as are bt023, PR2, and particularly the angel ST's.
Let us know what you decide on and how they perform for you.