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post #1 of 31 Old 09-11-2019, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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mounting new tire, built 3 years ago

Silly me for not checking this upon delivery. I bought a pair of Anakee III tires from Revzilla, arrived the first week of August, about 6 weeks ago, and just today I checked the date codes. I'm having a shop install the front today, it was built in early Jan. 2018. That's fine.

The rear will be installed soon, but I found the build date of that tire was in Aug. 2016. It is just over 3 years old (turned 3 on about delivery day to me).

Do I mount the 3 year old tire, or talk to Rev about getting a fresher one? It should be fine at 3 years old, but the reality is that if tires have a 6-10 year service life on the rubber before it goes hard, one half to almost one third of that service life is gone, and I'm only riding 3-4000/year anymore.

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A tire stored in an air conditioned warehouse my still be usable. Innocently, I've never looked at the date code of the tires I've gotten. My bad?
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I would, but tires last me 6 months. How long is it going to take you to wear it out? 4-6k is about the life of a tire anyways unless you are buying rock hard stuff.

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Out of curiosity, what tire? Is it a current model or something that is no longer made?

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Michelin Anakee 3.
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...anakee-3-tires

By all accounts on this board, they are supposed to give a good, high mileage life.

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I have a 2000 Mfg. date Trailwing on my 2009 Wee. Still has 3k miles left and looks just fine, no cracks, missing pieces, etc.
It was put on by the previous owner. I have a Battlewing on its way from J&P Cycle...just because.

I would have no issue with that 2016 tire.

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I would mount it and occasionally tell my wife "I need to go put some miles on my tires dear"
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You should be just fine unless you plan to push it on wet corners or take it to the track. You can try to push your fingernail into the thread block. I wouldn't worry unless there is no flex in the rubber at all, significant discoloration indicating prolonged sun exposure or cracks in the rubber.

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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
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I just called Michelin USA, they said my tires have a 6-year warranty from date of purchase as long as I keep the receipt of purchase (and I will!). If I don't have the receipt the warranty is 6 years from date of manufacture stamped on the tire.

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