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post #1 of 11 Old 10-04-2013, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Are these tire cracks unsafe?

This stock trail wing front has always had these small cracks where the tread meets the base of the tire afaik.


It's got almost 10k miles on it now, but it's wearing evenly and totally fine so far. But what do you guys think - are these cracks something I should be worried about?

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post #2 of 11 Old 10-04-2013, 08:07 PM
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looks like mine, never thought much of it. Now, the Shinko's that were throwing big blocks of rubber tread off of 'em, that I'd worry about.
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post #3 of 11 Old 10-04-2013, 08:59 PM
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looks the same as mine, and it just passed safety with it no problem.

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Thanks. I figured as much.

Then I had this new tourance rear put on and it was so pristine and crack free that I thought I might google "tires cracks rubber". Well, apparently cracks in your tire aren't so good in general (esp. Side wall).

Maybe it's not such an issue after all. I'm going to ask my friend who works at Good Year anyway and report back.

Thanks guys. Ill keep riding on it for now.

Btw - does Ontario inspect your bike when you insure? BC doesn't afaik.
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Direct UV on a metal surface especially Aluminum is an Ozone generator

Look into Ozone and rubber

Ride the biotch down to the indicators
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post #6 of 11 Old 10-05-2013, 10:11 AM
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Ride the biotch down to the indicators
Allan rides in the Pacific NorthWet. Maybe buying a new tire before the tread is down to the indicators would be prudent.

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Thumbs up Wearing good...

My tires crack much worse than that, I wouldn't concern myself with that mild cracking.

Man... 10K is impressive miles, wish I could get that down here. Ain't no way my Tourance EXPs will last that long, probably won't make 6K on the rear.
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$150 for a tire. Replace it and know your not going to have a blowout at speed. Don't mess with your tires. If you suspect something, replace it.

Maybe it will be fine, and maybe not.
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Thanks everyone. I suspect it's all fairly superficial, but ill keep a close eye on it and change it out sooner than later.
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post #10 of 11 Old 10-06-2013, 08:14 AM
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That's good to hear that others are having those cracks too. My dealership noted it on my last service as "weather damage" I asked about it and they said they would need to be replaced soon. I keep my bike in a garage, so I don't know when all the "weather damage" would have happened. While parked at work, under partial shade?

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