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post #1 of 9 Old Feb 8th, 2007, 7:53 am Thread Starter
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5 year old tires

There is a set of 5 year old K1200 LT tires for sales on this forum and when I initially saw the ad, I was concerned about the age, why they were for sale and if they might just be a little too old to put on the road. Can they dry out? How can you really tell?

My 5 year old Infinity SUV has 56,000 miles on a set of Bridgestones' and they still have about 1/2 of the tread left. Local Infinity dealer tells me that they are too old and should be replaced, even though lots of tread is still present and they look good. The tires are not dry rotted and seem to be in good shape.

On the other hand, I would be afraid of 5 year old tires on my bike. Just doesn't seem prudent.

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.... tires do age... http://money.cnn.com/2004/11/08/pf/a...ting/index.htm

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There is a set of 5 year old K1200 LT tires for sales on this forum and when I initially saw the ad, I was concerned about the age,

On the other hand, I would be afraid of 5 year old tires on my bike. Just doesn't seem prudent.
When you have less rubber in contact with the ground than a fat guys tennis shoe. Thats all standing between you and eternity you want to save a couple bucks?
This posted by a guy that rarely wears a helmet rides in shorts flipflops and tshirt .
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I tihnk 5 years is within the realm of "OK" for current technology tires. I've seen cars and bikes with tires older than that that were just fine for numerous miles. For example, about 15 years ago a friend of mine bought a 77 HD XLCR 1000 Cafe Racer with a 3000 miles on it, and from what we could tell the original tires (about 15 years old). The rubber wasn't deep black like new tires, but they rode and handled fine, and between the two of us we probably rode it another 1500 miles with no problems before they were replaced.

The bottom line on this is how you feel about them. It sounds like you're not comfortable with the idea, so don't buy them.

Oh, and your Infiniti dealer is trying to scare you into an expensive purchase. Tell him to take a hike.

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Tires do get dry or hard with age. Stored in a garage they will last better than outside. They may not look bad but still not be safe. With car tires it isn't as dangerous as they have four. I have seen car tires with good sized cracks be driven quite a way with no problems.
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There is a set of 5 year old K1200 LT tires for sales on this forum and when I initially saw the ad, I was concerned about the age,
Don't buy them. Tires continue to cure to some extent even under ideal storage conditions and 5 years is at the borderline with regard to age alone.
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Just get rid of the bike.
If you buy them you will always back off in a move take less on the inside track, shit might as well stay on the couch.
Its like putting a cheap flue on a wood stove, yeah you saved a couple bucks, but you'll never sleep sound again.
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I've got several business vehicles and trailers that sit unused outside in the sun for long periods of time with Michelins and plenty of tread. They look like hell with cracked sidewalls and are kind of orange/grey looking. I keep Sunbrella tire covers on them, yet they still dessicate (dry out) over time.

I periodically tow with these in extreme heat - probably the most demanding application for tires - and have never had a failure due to a tire delaminating or blowing out.

Having just confessed to something I should probably NEVER do:

I can't even imagine riding my scoot on old or worn out rubber. Not A CHANCE!


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