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Mine is a '98. picked it up last Nov. and the tires looked to be in excellent condition. Plenty of tread, no sign whatsoever of any rot, they've been holding air with no issues. Got her back on the road and didn't really think about it much until I looked at them a bit closer recently.
They are both Bridgestone Exedra tires with the following codes:
front PCB1901
rear PMD277
If I remember the codes right, the front was manufactured the 19th week 2001, the rear - 27th week 1997.
I'm a bit concerned that the tires are so old but as I said, they still look to be in great shape. How worried should I be about 12 and 16 year old tires?


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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-08-2013, 01:51 PM
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Mine is a '98. picked it up last Nov. and the tires looked to be in excellent condition. Plenty of tread, no sign whatsoever of any rot, they've been holding air with no issues. Got her back on the road and didn't really think about it much until I looked at them a bit closer recently.
They are both Bridgestone Exedra tires with the following codes:
front PCB1901
rear PMD277
If I remember the codes right, the front was manufactured the 19th week 2001, the rear - 27th week 1997.
I'm a bit concerned that the tires are so old but as I said, they still look to be in great shape. How worried should I be about 12 and 16 year old tires?
probly over reacting here, but....
I personally would not desire to ride on them....thus replace with next paycheck !
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I agree, I would replace them. Even though you don't see any cracks, when the sidewall is flexed, they may become visible.

Just did this with a set of truck tires made in 1998. Almost new tread with no visible cracks, when the tires were flexed taking them off the wheels, the whole sidewall was covered in hairline cracks. These tires would have probably blown out at the worst possible time, in a turn at 50 mph, beside one of our many cliffs and river banks.

The old front tire on my bike looked ok, but was deformed after it was off the wheel.

I'm lovin' my new Shinko tires. Bikemaster has them on sale right now, but I got a great deal on two tires from Pinwall Cycle on Ebay. Their shop is in Massillon, Ohio.

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I'm lovin' my new Shinko tires. --------- but I got a great deal on two tires from Pinwall Cycle on Ebay. Their shop is in Massillon, Ohio.
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Spock, thanks for the tips on Ride On.
'welcome, glad it's working for ya.

Running about 29-30psi front/rear on my Shinkos, btw. Sticking real nice.

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Replace them. A few months back one of our members got in a pinch, had to stop in a hurry and his front tire blew out. Bike went down but he was okay.

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I just replaced a set on a friends Harley ,02 model with 4k on them .While on the outside they looked perfect with little to no wear after taking them off the back one was full of rubber particles almost as big as a bb ,that had came off the inside sidewalls.

I would absolutely change them out ASAP !!




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its unanimous change the tires we dont want to hear of any more members down and out

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its unanimous change the tires we dont want to hear of any more members down and out
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