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Old 12-19-2013, 01:52 AM   #1
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How old is to old for motorcycle tires?

Im just wondering how a old a tire can be before you have to toss it in the trash.
My tires r from oct 2011, they feel stiff until there warmed up. Have a few very small dryrot cracks in the tread too
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Old 12-19-2013, 02:25 AM   #2
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I'm just impressed your tires have lasted 2 years. I get 12 month at best. Lots of others barely get 3000 miles. LOL
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When you say from are you meaning the production date, right? Too many variable affect the rate if "age" but if you see that your tires are stuff and show signs of cracking, just go ahead and replace them. Your life depends on them.

Sunlight, heat cycles (cold to warm and vice versa) and as well as weather affect the tire compounds. Over time the oils in the tire "dry" up and the tire gets stiffer and eventually show cracking.
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Yeah anytime you have dry rot replace, if they don't blow out riding on them if you brake hard they will shred, I think I have close to 3000 on my continental sport touring and the back tire seems like its wearing down because its not as grippy but looks like I still have tread left, but I ride my bike everyday and I replaced the tire may e 2-3 months ago.

Just to give an idea about dry rot, a friend of mine told me someone he knew had a hatchback si civic j guess from 03 when they were first released. He barely drove it it had like 15000 miles on it 6-7 years later but the tires were original and were dry rotting. He went to slam his brakes one day and all 4 tires shredded on him and the car was totaled.
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At a used bike inspection, Motorcycles Unlimited pointed out some small cracks in the corners inside the tread cutouts... said that's the first sign to replace.

Honestly... if you lay the bike down because of "less than perfect" road conditions... you'll be wishing you didn't have "less than perfect" tires.
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I would not use at all with signs of cracking. If your front goes down your screwed, back goes down you might be able to ride out of it. Chances are it could fail at the wrong time.
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Replace those tires. Once there is cracks its game over. You are riding an unsafe vehicle and are putting yourself and the public in danger.
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Ya two yrs sense the production date. I havnt had the bike that long, it only had 9k when i got it so thats only 1500 miles a yr. i want to replace them but im sort of broke
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Dry rot? Throw it in the trash...

is $100-200 worth your life?
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I would suggest replacing them, Honestly if you need tires and cant absolutely afford them right just shoot me a PM . Ill give you some tires for free
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Burn off the outside layer and get down to better rubber. Lol.
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there was rider error as well, but tires def. played a role.
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Im just wondering how a old a tire can be before you have to toss it in the trash.
My tires r from oct 2011, they feel stiff until there warmed up. Have a few very small dryrot cracks in the tread too
Depends on where they are stored. If you ride the speed limit and recommended posted speed in turns, they're probably fine
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If you ride the speed limit and recommended posted speed in turns, they're probably fine
While true, I stand by this....
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Honestly... if you lay the bike down because of "less than perfect" road conditions... you'll be wishing you didn't have "less than perfect" tires.
I didn't push someone to replace a tire "because they were just commuting, and didn't ride hard".... that bike ended up on its side and under a truck. Luckily, rider perfectly fine. I still blame myself for their wrecked bike, as I was the more knowedgable person.

It's also why I'll run a better tire than I think I'll need at the speeds I ride. I'll run a BT16 up front.... when I ride no where near as fast as some of ya'll on the street. Simply to have the extra performance when needed (emergency stop, abrupt/unseen corner, crappy road).
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I didn't push someone to replace a tire "because they were just commuting, and didn't ride hard".... that bike ended up on its side and under a truck. Luckily, rider perfectly fine. I still blame myself for their wrecked bike, as I was the more knowedgable person.
Did a tire failure cause the crash?
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WHole lot of craziness here. Tires are the first and last line of defense on a motorcycle. Thats the one item you DONT want to cheat out on.

You're not broke, you just dont want to waste beer money on tires.
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WHole lot of craziness here. Tires are the first and last line of defense on a motorcycle. Thats the one item you DONT want to cheat out on.
meh, what do you think motorcycle tires were like 70 years ago? , Isle of Man started in 1907

Anyway, tires are important. Check condition and the PSI cold before every ride
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