Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: San Jose, CA, USA
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.
San Jose, CA
2010 R1200RT Polar Metallic
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