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post #1 of 15 Old 03-25-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Old Tires???

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My son bought a pristine 2003 Nighthawk 750 a few days ago with 1800 miles on it - always garage kept. We had to clean up the carbs but it runs very nicely now. The tires are original and (obviously) very few miles. I'm concerned that the rubber has hardened over the years and border on being unsafe.
What are your opinions; replace them yesterday, soon or wear them out?

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Apologies if this should be elsewhere.
My son bought a pristine 2003 Nighthawk 750 a few days ago with 1800 miles on it - always garage kept. We had to clean up the carbs but it runs very nicely now. The tires are original and (obviously) very few miles. I'm concerned that the rubber has hardened over the years and border on being unsafe.
What are your opinions; replace them yesterday, soon or wear them out?

Thanks!
Tires are 9 years old. If it were my son getting on the bike I'd be changing them without any hesitation. For the few hundred bucks its worth the piece of mind.
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Had this discussion on my local riding group board. Everything from rubber type to storage, etc.

I opted for the first response here. Just replace 'em and be done with it. At the end of your life, you're not gonna miss the money.

And congrats to you and your son on the new to him bike.
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If you can't afford tires you can't afford to ride

PR2 or PR3

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Replace them. No hesitation. Peace of mind is worth more than the price of tires.
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If you can't afford tires you can't afford to ride

PR2 or PR3

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So I take it you recommend replacing them ASAP? It wasn't a matter of affording them.
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I'd replace them for just for safety, plus the new tires are lightyears better than the old ones as far as rain, wear, and handling. Cheers--BB

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I'll refuse delivery on new tires manufactured more than 6 months ago.
I bout 18 slicks for my race car once; they were cheap and 3 years old); I figured they would last me the season. I mounted four and they didn't stick; street tires were grippier. I threw away the other 14 tires and bought me some fresh rubber.

The tread compound starts to seriously deteriorate after 3 years of the manufacturing date; it turns very hard and unsticky.
I am in the habit of replacing tires every two years, regardless of tread depth. Tires are so important that you shouldn't even think of quacking around with them; if your tires don't work, then nothing else does either.
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Thanks for the feedback guys!

You have confirmed my concerns about the tires. I had discussed this with my son before he bought the bike and suggested that he add the price of new tires into total cost of this purchase.

Now . . . what tires should we get?

J/K

Thanks Again.
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This web site has a good listing as well as decent prices.
MOTORCYCLETIRE.COM BEST PRICES DISCOUNT TIRES

Pirelli, Michelin, Bridgestone, the choice is yours. Some are stickier but shorter lived (and pricier). Some of our favorites are only available in the needed sizes for one end, so they won't do for this bike (Michelin Pilot Road 3, for example).

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