And I'll add that just because it's a 2003 doesn't mean the tires are 2003 (which IMO is still pretty old for tires). I personally would change tires that have ANY dry rot. I like having my skin attached thank you very much and a tire failure on a car can cause an accident (ford explorer anyone?) that you'll probably walk away from, one on a bike can get ya killed.
Curtis - Albany Oregon.
Currently receiving therapy from "Doc" - My 1985 VN700.
Daily rider in NorthWET Oregon.
Ammo Can Saddlebags
Shaved and Rejetted. Coastered. Degoated w/ Hardley pipes.
Bought Feb 2007 with 12K miles.
Hit the 24k mile July 2008