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Old 02-27-2007, 02:35 PM   #21
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Default Re: Tire Replacement and Safety: Prudence or Paranoia?

Oh, and a bit of Armor-All takes care of it right away............
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Old 02-27-2007, 02:38 PM   #22
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Default Re: Tire Replacement and Safety: Prudence or Paranoia?

There is an easy solution: ride your bike often enough that there is no way you'll have 6-yr-old tires on it! At ca. 12k miles a year, mine don't even last a year, so I am always using fresh tires. Given the life of a motorcycle tire in miles, to have 6+ yr-old tires, one would have to put in less than 2000 miles a year. Go ride and don't worry.
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Old 02-27-2007, 02:45 PM   #23
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Default Re: Tire Replacement and Safety: Prudence or Paranoia?

The average milage on motorcycles nationally is a whopping 1200 miles per year. It's not suprising the tires rot before they wear out.
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Old 02-27-2007, 02:48 PM   #24
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Default Re: Tire Replacement and Safety: Prudence or Paranoia?

There's a Hank Williams tune about his tires getting so thin the air is showing through. That's probably pushing it a bit too much though.
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Old 02-27-2007, 02:52 PM   #25
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Default Re: Tire Replacement and Safety: Prudence or Paranoia?

Still, how the hell can you go five years and not wear a set of tires out? Unless you live in Seattle, or something.
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Old 02-27-2007, 02:55 PM   #26
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Default Re: Tire Replacement and Safety: Prudence or Paranoia?

Co-incidentally, that's about the line where owning a motorcycle becomes not worth the trouble, no?
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Old 02-27-2007, 02:57 PM   #27
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Default Re: Tire Replacement and Safety: Prudence or Paranoia?

"- uh it says the date the tire was made right on the tire..... so only people that don't bother looking don't know the age."



i would completely agree with you if we were all experienced riders here. in that case, it would be simple torpescence to deliberately not educate one's self about the age of one's tires.



...but how would someone know that there is a date stamp on their tires unless told so? (that is, many motorcycling newbies subscribe to MO every month, and so we cannot assume everyone knows that this non-intuitive information is right there in plain sight, nor what to do with that information when they are fairly certain that they've found it.) furthermore, sometimes first attempts at ascertaining tire age might not be successful for someone purchasing their first bike. link nummer eins in my post contains this sentence:



"Tire age can be determined through decoding of the required DOT number molded into the side of a tire; however, the DOT date coding is consumer unfriendly and confusing."



this is from consumer reporting, not from the tire manufacturers wanting to give themselves more work to do by suggesting they re-work the date-stamping codes (so as to be more user friendly).



anyway, just me two cents, landlubbers. cheers
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Old 02-27-2007, 03:16 PM   #28
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Default Re: Tire Replacement and Safety: Prudence or Paranoia?

I'm here, right here, waving my hands, see me?

Oh, that certain people
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Old 02-27-2007, 03:20 PM   #29
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You're a charming poster.
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Old 02-27-2007, 03:40 PM   #30
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Default I really do live in a high-income area....

I've never even seen or heard of any place to buy used motorcycles tires around here!



Anyway, if they're not dry rotting from lack of use, they're fine, right?



I try not to suffer too much lack of use, so the point is moot for me.
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