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post #1 of 8 Old 10-24-2010, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Do I need to replace my front tire?

Okay, so I road for a while this summer without checking my airpressure in my tires (DOHHh!) and When I finally checked the pressure once the cold snaps started, the front was down at around 26 PSI. So I look close at the tire. The treads are still pretty deep, not balding at all yet...(maybe 50% of the height on the side treads that don't take as much of a beating, the line through the center of the tread)...However, I did notice fine hairline splitting occurring between the tread patterns, right in the 'canyons' of the treads. Not huge splits at all, but fine little splits starting. Do I need to replace this tire? I mean, its loosing no air, no traction loss, still a lot of tread...just the hairline splitting thing...does this mean the tire could fail on the highway?
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It's okay if it's a surface crack. If the crack goes to the belt, replace the tire.

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I have found that if an issue with the bike is taking up room in my head while I am riding I have to fix the issue. If you are riding & thinking to yourself is this tire good or bad. CHANGE THE DAM TIRE !

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I've ridden out seasons on old tires that get the crowsfeet here and there. But, really - over the winter, take your time and snag yourself a good deal on a new front meat. When they start to crack like that - they're old, just nature's way [or ozone's] of telling you something.....You could probably eek out another few thousand miles from it if you were truly stingy and daring, but really - life is too short to be shortened further by old tires....

I'd recommend Bridgestone's BattleWing....and, as a bonus, when you put your new front tire on, you will definitely say to yourself "Wow - the bike handles incredible now!" You get used to worn out......until you get a new tire!

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However, I did notice fine hairline splitting occurring between the tread patterns, right in the 'canyons' of the treads. Not huge splits at all, but fine little splits starting. Do I need to replace this tire? I mean, its loosing no air, no traction loss, still a lot of tread...just the hairline splitting thing...does this mean the tire could fail on the highway?

how many miles do you ride a year?
do you put your bike up for winter ?
I say run the tire till the tread's worn out, but, I'm a guy that goes thru 3 - 5 sets of tires a year

you are in no immediate danger, cracking as you describe is common, if you only ride 2000 miles a year and that tire could possibly last 3 more seasons, I'd keep a close eye, try not parking in the sun



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You get used to worn out......until you get a new tire!
Ha! Tell me about it. I finally spooned a new Shinko 244 rear on my KLR after riding the last one over 9,050 miles. The upside is I love the new tire even more as a result

The Shinkos are no good on the heavier bikes, but they've proven wonderful on my KLR.

The Shinko still had usable tread left, but had become very slippery. A friend said it "had no resin left"--I'm not sure what that means, I assumed it meant it had just lost it's "stickiness". Any thoughts? I had it on for almost two years.
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that's funny - there's no pine tar "resin" in any tires [that's funny, but don't tell yer friend]......old tires just don't get the job done at a very real point..

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Yeah, no radial belts visible....

Yeah, The cracks are faint and when I went up to 33 PSI now they are even harder to see. I tried to show a coworker who is also a rider, in a low lit parking garage and he couldn't even make them out. Thought I was being silly.

Of Course you type 'cracking between treads on motorcycle tire' and it will go to several forums where guys are like 'change the tire 'immediately!' like its about to explode like and old dumptruck wheel and send rubber flying.

I ride about 10000 a year right now. Bike is at 12500 currently. The tire is a Bridgestone Battlewing. The things are tough. I got a nail up to the hilt in the rear one and road it an additional 2 hours at 80 mph before getting home. It never lost any air! So the idea of trashing this tire because of precautionery messures kinda bugs me. I do have some extra cash right now so it may be the time to just do it, but I think I am going to ask to keep the tire this time, just so I can cut into the replaced one and see how thick it really is, for peace of mind next time.
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