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Tires: how old is too old?

I checked the date code on my tires and found that the front tire is from '04
and the rear tire is from 01!
The tires seem to be in great shape.....no cracks or anything I can see. Is there an age limit for tires that look OK?
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Hi: I'm not a tire expert, but I have read that 5 years is about the normal life expectancy for a tire to be safe. Many conditions can affect longevity, like exposure to UV, and road chemicals. I always recommend the safest path, to replace the tires older than 5 years, but I would probably still ride on them if they showed no adverse sign of aging. Just an opinion though.

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I agree with Bronson. If it were me, I would ride them, but keep a close eye on tread and sidewalls for checking or any other deterioration.
There is a video on Youtube about date codes and safety of stale dated tires.
Unfortunately I have a hard time searching out anything there.

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I just replaced my 6 year old tires this spring after only 8K miles and plenty of tread left on them. The research I did prior to purchasing was pretty unanimous on replacing motorcycle tires after a certain date of manufacture regardless of tire condition. The recommendations vary by class/type of bike;
Racing: 2 years
Street Sport: 3 years
Cruisers/touring: 5 years
In fact, the local race track will not let any bike on the course with tires more than 2 years old, even if they are brand new! I'm told other race tracks have similar rules.

Don't take my word for it, just GOOGLE and do a little research on motorcycle tires.


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IMHO i would replace them. Remember your tires are the only thing thats between you and the pavement!! I just got back from a 1200 mile round trip on my other bike that had a used tire on it and never again. on the way up i got a flat (lost pressure) with no apparent hole. had a local shop replace the valve stem which lasted until my trip home at almost the exact same place with the exact same issue (sudden loss of air). this time i filled it up and rode it 80 miles home. now i WILL replace it with new and never use old again. hell i wont buy a "new" tire again unless its really new (not 5 years old "new")

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I got a brand new Bridgestone tire once but I never checked the date. It was cracked after two seasons on the bike.
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D.O.T. says 6 years, regardless of condition. It is what you don't see that kills them. After this time, normally the cords seperate and the tire will never be round again.


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My question is ..how do you know when you order online that you are going to get fresh tires? Is there a secret place to get brand new fresh and clean Metzlers?

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My question is ..how do you know when you order online that you are going to get fresh tires? Is there a secret place to get brand new fresh and clean Metzlers?
Haven't been down this road, but perhaps you can tell them you will not accept a mfg date more than 1 year prior. Set your own terms and conditions to them.

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My question is ..how do you know when you order online that you are going to get fresh tires? ...
ASK!

I ordered Metzelers from JakeWilson.com. Emailed prior to ordering with an inquiry as to the 'freshest' manufacture date pair. They replied very quickly; best rear tire was just over 1 year old and front was just under 1 year old, about the same as the local retailers (all who wanted $100 more than JakeWilson.com). Placed the order with a note to send the pair specified. They placed a hold on my order, verified the tire manufacture dates, asked for permission to release the order (nice touch) and shipped them that day. I received them about 3 days later. I verified that the dates were in fact the ones they specified. Very happy with the experience (great service) and the Metzelers! Also, get the 90 degree metal tire valve stem for the rear (and short straight metal for the front). They are only $2/piece, look great and make checking the rear tire pressure much easier.


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