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post #1 of 3 Old 05-18-2017, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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New Tyres - how old is too old?

I just got the recall work, a service, and new Mitas E07's on my 2012 650.
Looking at the tyres the date stamp is 3616 on the front tyre (manufactured 9 months ago), and 4715 on the rear (manufactured 18 months ago).
Do you think these dates are too old to be accepting for new tyres? My main concern is that they have hardened up and on-road traction will be somewhat reduced already. I know that on-road grip is a compromise with these anyway, i just don't want to be losing it before I begin.

I don't go through tyres very quickly, so will most likely have these on the bike for 3 years.

Should I raise this with the shop that i got them from, or just forget about it and ride?
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-18-2017, 09:09 PM
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I just got the recall work, a service, and new Mitas E07's on my 2012 650.
Looking at the tyres the date stamp is 3616 on the front tyre (manufactured 9 months ago), and 4715 on the rear (manufactured 18 months ago).
Do you think these dates are too old to be accepting for new tyres? My main concern is that they have hardened up and on-road traction will be somewhat reduced already. I know that on-road grip is a compromise with these anyway, i just don't want to be losing it before I begin.

I don't go through tyres very quickly, so will most likely have these on the bike for 3 years.

Should I raise this with the shop that i got them from, or just forget about it and ride?
Just ride. In 2 years time while checking tire pressure look to see if the tires have developed small cracks if so change them then. If you leave the bike in the sun all the time then they will slowly harden up. If stored inside (garage) no problem.

and .... you need to ride more.

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8-10 years old if the bike has been setting in a hot barn might be a little on the toasted side.
So many folks ride on really old tires. Vintage car and bike guys are horrible about getting fresh rubber. THe claim is that there is still a lot of tread. Cracks all over the sidewalls but they only look at the tread.
I tend to replace tires when they are worn on the wear bars but I just ordered a new set of Shinko 705's because I have 2 trips coming up and may will probably replace them after the first trip. I hate buying tires on the road. PITA and more expensive too.
Dennis Kirk, Moto Super store and others have good prices. Order up a set so you can change at your convenience.
My local Power Sports charges 25$ a tire or I go to a friend. Then I owe him big time anyway.
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