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post #1 of 18 Old 01-27-2018, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Should I keep the old tires?

I've no intention of starting a brand/model discussion, this is something slightly different.

I have a set of 90/10 touring tires that have about 6000 km / 3500 mi on them now. By all accounts, the tires should last at least another 9000 km, especially as I am a pretty gentle rider.

That said, I have a course coming up this spring, and then the Touratech rally in June, so I'm going to be swapping the tires out in late April or early May, and they will still have many thousands of kms to go. My girlfriend has a cruiser, so most of our riding is on road.

My thought is to swap the 90/10 out for my offroad tires (I've decided on those too, thanks...), and then swap them back on in June, and store the off-roads until I need them again in August (maybe...) or in 2019. Is that crazy?

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post #2 of 18 Old 01-27-2018, 03:54 PM
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If they still have considerable life, I'd keep them around for that unexpected situation. Or just because they were still good.
I tend too keep everything I could need later. Yeah I have a bunch of crap.
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That's what I've done a couple times. Helps that I have a tire machine, so no cost involved.

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I don't see any reason not to; if they still have some useable life and aren't too old, why not?

I always keep my last replaced tire around, just in case I have some sort of catastrophic failure of the new tire and need something to throw on until I can get a replacement.

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keep em but you will get tired changing tires every other month unless you have a fast professional setup to do so.

If this is an ongoing problem get a second set of wheels (or at least a second rear if touring longer distance).

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It really depends on if you are paying to get tires installed and how much that costs is.

I have a NoMar tire machine and have had one tire off and on my DR 3 times wearing it out. I put in on and run it when I know I be staying local for a few weeks. Then If a trip comes up I'll swap it out for a tire suited for the trip. It has maybe another 500 miles on it then it will be ready for the bone pile. SO tire changers really do pay for themselves in several ways:

1- Buy tire cheaper on line and get them shipped to your door
2- You can get all the mileage out of a tire
3- You don't have to pay someone to scratch your rims
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Get a second set of rims if possible?
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How old are they?

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it makes only sens to me - to keep them

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How old are they?
Only a year.

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