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Michelin Anakee 2, two types!?!

I'm considering purchasing Michelin Anakee 2 from Revzilla or Motorcycle Superstore. In the drop down menu to select the size of the tire, they have two choices for the following specs:

150/70HR-17
150/70VR-17

What is the difference and which one should I select? I'm looking to travel up to Labrador/Happy Goose Valley Bay this summer, meaning some decent gravel.

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The difference is the speed rating...Heres a sample below...


225/50SR16 112 mph, 180 km/h
225/50HR16 130, 210 km/h
225/50VR16 in excess of 130 mph, 210 km/h

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Let me jump in with one too. With the different "speed" ratings come different rubber compounds. So, I assume the higher the speed rating the harder the rubber and since none of us can go +130 mph, is it better to get the softer tire? Maybe the softer wears faster but gives better grip? or take the harder tire so it lasts longer and maybe stands up to more abuse. Or finally, just buy the high speed tire just because it has a "V" in the name...
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The speed rating may have more to do with the ply construction than the rubber.
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I'm considering purchasing Michelin Anakee 2 ...

What is the difference and which one should I select? I'm looking to travel up to Labrador/Happy Goose Valley Bay this summer, meaning some decent gravel.
I wouldn't be concerned with getting the H-rated tire if your concern is related to treadwear. The tire on the left in the pic is an H-rated Anakee 2 with 12k miles and change on it, with all but a couple hundred of them being very loaded travels.

While I think the Anakee 2 is a great 90/10 tire, I would personally think twice about using it on the any roads with a lot of large/sharp gravel. I had a gravel puncture in AK, caused by a seemingly innocuous piece of gravel (also the tire in the pic) when it still had a pretty significant amount of tread on it. Thus, if the V rating implies a stronger carcass with an additional ply, well, then, it may, in fact, be worth going with the V-rated tire.

Based on experience, I can definitely recommend the Shinko 705 as a tire with a very durable carcass that would likely work well on the Trans Lab. I've put alot of gravel miles on them. However, it's treadwear is less than half that of the Anakee 2. But, for around half the cost, it's not a big deal. If I was going to do the Trans Lab (and I originally was going to this past fall, but had a change of plans), I'd use a Shinko 705 or Kenda Big Block (based on experience with the tire) for the rear.
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Any concerns about the block separation issues that have been reported on the forum for the E705's? (e.g. this thread).

I loved the tire when I had the KLR, but would be nervous about using it on the Versys, especially on something like the Trans Lab.

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Any concerns about the block separation issues that have been reported on the forum for the E705's? (e.g. this thread).

I loved the tire when I had the KLR, but would be nervous about using it on the Versys, especially on something like the Trans Lab.

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I haven't had any issues with either Shinko 705 I've used (have one on the bike right now). I beat the crap out of the one I used up in Canuckistan. Hell, I had a Shinko 705 on my V when I went to Wrigley, NWT (googlemap it), which is waaaaaaaaay the hell in the middle of nothing, my bike was very heavily loaded, and I felt completely comfortable and never had a single issue - ran it until it was bald down the center.

I've never run my tire pressures below 36 psi. Also, I've only used the radial tires. I wouldn't use them on the front, as I would only use a radial on the front.
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There is a V-rated Shinko 705 rear tire clone... the Full Bore M-40. About $95 on Ebay. I've thought about giving it a try...
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Last minute I decided against the Anakee II's. I purchased my 2nd set of Scorpion Trails (first set survived a xcountry trip with an occasional fire road just fine) and I think before the Trans Lab trip I may get a set of MT60's.

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I haven't had any issues with either Shinko 705 I've used (have one on the bike right now). I beat the crap out of the one I used up in Canuckistan. Hell, I had a Shinko 705 on my V when I went to Wrigley, NWT (googlemap it), which is waaaaaaaaay the hell in the middle of nothing, my bike was very heavily loaded, and I felt completely comfortable and never had a single issue - ran it until it was bald down the center.

I've never run my tire pressures below 36 psi. Also, I've only used the radial tires. I wouldn't use them on the front, as I would only use a radial on the front.
Fair enough. At least one post indicated that a potential cause was running with a low pressure.

Good to know. Thanks!

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