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post #11 of 31 Old 09-11-2019, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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I did call Revzilla, they offered to return or swap the tire but he could not assure a tire that is any newer would show up. He said tires are shipped from a separate location. The tires were built in Thailand and arrived to me without factory wrappers, and plastic strapped together with a shipping label wrapped to the tires.

Without assurance of a fresher tire showing up, I'll use this tire, keeping the receipt for mfr. warranty issues, if they arise. Rev put a $25 credit on my account.

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I did call Revzilla, they offered to return or swap the tire but he could not assure a tire that is any newer would show up. He said tires are shipped from a separate location. The tires were built in Thailand and arrived to me without factory wrappers, and plastic strapped together with a shipping label wrapped to the tires.

Without assurance of a fresher tire showing up, I'll use this tire, keeping the receipt for mfr. warranty issues, if they arise. Rev put a $25 credit on my account.

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I don't know about that brand, but all the Conti tires I buy are just strapped together with a shipping label and tape. Never had any sort of factory wrapper - just the MFG stickers right on the tire.

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That's not that bad, dark room no UV, maybe you have lost about 4 to 6 months of life in the 3 year storage. Other comments are all true, I just put same tires on my 14 1000. I ordered through Amazon, not RevZilla. Checked date code both slightly above 2 years old. road 4 trails were long dead way before tire rot becomes and issue. And even if rot becomes an issue show really cares with that timeline.. if your not putting 3k a year on a bike new rubber isn't the worst or most crucial replacement. New rubber always feels great. What about oil, coolant, brake fluid, clutch fluid, valve checks, wheel bearings, etc.

Point being if tires are expiring from dryrot there is a more expensive issue waiting.

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I don't know about that brand, but all the Conti tires I buy are just strapped together with a shipping label and tape. Never had any sort of factory wrapper - just the MFG stickers right on the tire.
Same for me. I've changed well over 350 motorcycle tires for myself, friends, coworkers and customers over the last 7 years and just a sticker is all that ever on the tire as it comes from the manufacturer. If bought in pairs some shippers band them together others plastic wrap them. But they are never in factory packaging.
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DO NOT USE these tires!

Send them to me. I'll see that they are disposed of properly...
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It's a good thing we have learned to read date codes. I don't know how we managed to survive all those years, running around in total oblivion.

IMO, it's more about how the tire was stored. Something we have to take on faith?

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Unless a tire was built in the US it will be about a year and a half old by the time you get it. It has many stops enroute to you. If it is in it's factory wrap and kept in a proper warehouse it doesn't age all that much compared to being on your bike. A big reason for older stock is poor management in the warehouse. First in should be first out. But new tires get piled on top of older ones and no one digs to the bottom. Revzilla's tires shouldn't be 3 years old as they sell a ton of tires. You could give Revzilla a call and see what they can do for you. Maybe rather than send them back get a credit put on your account. And then ride more
Revzilla does or did have a retail store for some clothing. Since the merger with Cycle Gear I do not know if the retail store is still open. Either way back then or today they were predominately a drop shipper utilizing multiple locations/business's around the lower 48 and not a single stocking warehouse.

Revzilla has also recently been selling the Anakee 3's at a huge discount. Not sure if Michelin is discontinuing the tire or trying to move NO
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No worries - as long as the tire wasn't stored next to a boiler, or spent 3 years in the sun, you're fine!

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I'd get in contact with Revzilla and try to get a newer tire. It'd probably be fine, and you'll probably wear it out before it gets old enough to worry about. But it might not. Things change. A bit of a pain to get tires mounted (at least for me), and the vehicle may be out of service for a bit, so just as well put on a real, new tire.

Of course, if they offer half-off to keep the old 'new' tire, you are on the horns of a dilemma. Is the hassle of maybe replacing a tire sooner worth the saved money? Only you can decide.
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Mounted the tires. Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead. I'm looking forward to scrubbing them in this weekend.

Thanks for your input.
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