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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
Replacing tires is not a fun job, so I go for mileage. A cheap tire may not turn out to be cheap in the end. I use ME880s, and get close to 20,000 miles out of them. The original Bridgestone Exedra is also a high mileage tire, and new ones can be found for around $100, I heard they are being discontinued, and places that have them are trying to clear them out. I rode an even 20,000 miles on two of those, they were definitely worn out, but they made it. 20,000 miles for $100 seems like a pretty good deal to me.
Tire age is not the only thing to consider. There are too many variables. I used the 40 year old oem spare on my 40 year old car for several months till I could afford to replace all the tires, and it worked fine. It is now back in the spare tire compartment.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike