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Old 08-02-2011, 04:42 PM   #1
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Tire age on used bike with low miles

My 2007 250r has 2k miles and the original Dunlop tires. I'm going to get the Pirelli demons eventually but don't want to change the tires too soon but then there is the issue of tire age. So, how long do you have in years before you need to change them? Thanks.
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Depends entirely on the climate they are stored in, how many heat cycles they've seen, and exposure to sunlight. Rubber deteriorates over time but the effects can be stalled if the tire is well maintained. if you see cracks anywhere, the rubber is hardening and its only a matter of time before you will be forced to replace them (with a great possibility of being stranded no where near a tire shop). If the rubber looks good and is still tacky it should be ok (the presence of tread is a big bonus) Just don't go dragging knee until you get a new set of buns.
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What he said.. if they were inside they may be fine.. outside.. there's no way.. Just inspect the tires for cracks.
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BTW, love the screen name. Definitely one of my favorite birds of prey, and they're faster than most of our bikes on here!
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:19 PM   #5
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BTW, love the screen name. Definitely one of my favorite birds of prey, and they're faster than most of our bikes on here!
Yeah, they're awesome. An old friend was into falconry and he apprenticed under a master falconer who had a peregrine and I went with them duck hunting. Was incredible seeing it in person. Fastest (unaided) animal in the world at 200+ mph. /nerd rant

Back to tires, the correct answer is apparently to change them because there is no way I can take a corner now without wondering if there is an unseen flaw in my tires from having an unknown previous owner letting the tires bake in the sun. I should change my username to paranoid_peregrine.
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:34 PM   #6
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I'd go ahead and change them. Tires for a 250 are pretty cheap and easily worth the piece of mind.
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on top of everything said, I would anyway look at the date on the tire, it its 4 or + years old, don't even think about it, just dump them...
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:38 AM   #8
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From Bridgestone

Make sure tires continue to be regularly inspected after 5 years of service
to determine if they can continue in service. Regardless of the tires condition
or tread depth, it is recommended that tires more than 10 years old be taken
out of service and replaced with new tires.

Tires and/or motorcycles should be stored indoors in a cool dry place.
Water collecting inside the tires can cause damage. The tires and/or motorcycles
should be placed away from electric generators and motors and sources
of heat such as hot pipes. Storage surfaces should be clean and free of
grease, gasoline, or other substances, which can deteriorate rubber. Improper
storage can damage tires in ways that may not be visible.
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:06 AM   #9
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Make sure tires continue to be regularly inspected after 5 years of service
to determine if they can continue in service. Regardless of the tires condition
or tread depth, it is recommended that tires more than 10 years old be taken
out of service and replaced with new tires.

Tires and/or motorcycles should be stored indoors in a cool dry place.
Water collecting inside the tires can cause damage. The tires and/or motorcycles
should be placed away from electric generators and motors and sources
of heat such as hot pipes. Storage surfaces should be clean and free of
grease, gasoline, or other substances, which can deteriorate rubber. Improper
storage can damage tires in ways that may not be visible.
Was reading last night and somewhere it had that the 10 year thing is for car tires and that the softer moto tires don't have as long of a shelf life. It is the Internet though so WTFK.
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:43 AM   #10
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Was reading last night and somewhere it had that the 10 year thing is for car tires and that the softer moto tires don't have as long of a shelf life. It is the Internet though so WTFK.
Uh, it's from Bridgestone's motorcycle tire website

www.motorcycle-karttires.com

www.motorcycle-karttires.com/addinfo/warranty.pdf
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BTW, love the screen name. Definitely one of my favorite birds of prey, and they're faster than most of our bikes on here!
No way, everybody knows the Ostrich is way more bad ...9 footer around 300+lbs....plus it can run close to 60mph!

As for tires, just replace them to be on the safe side...not worth a few hundred bucks to really risk your life. You can always ask the shop for their opinion when you go to switch them out. Just take it to somebody reputable.
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As for tires, just replace them to be on the safe side...not worth a few hundred bucks to really risk your life. You can always ask the shop for their opinion when you go to switch them out. Just take it to somebody reputable.
Yea, or the OP could just let me test his bike for him
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No way, everybody knows the Ostrich is way more bad ...9 footer around 300+lbs....plus it can run close to 60mph!
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Despite your jest, pound for pound the peregrine is the proverbial fighter jet compared to your airbus, oh wait, ostrich can't fly so let's say an aircraft carrier
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