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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-02-2014, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Replace tires now?

My tires are the original Bridgestone Exedras, 6600 miles, sidewalls look brand new, and still good tread. I was thinking replace this winter but mfg date is 2008. I've put 2200 miles on the bike since Feb and will prob put another 2000 on by year end.

Pull the trigger now or wait until winter? I'm not an over aggressive op, never ride 2up, generally avoid the Interstate if I can.

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Those tires are six years old and probably have dry rot; even if they look new. Motorcycle tires that old have lost a lot of their 'grip' and may slide out in a sharp turn. You don't want to experience this during a decreasing radius turn. Here in Arizona I just replaced both of my tires on my 2012 (16,000 miles). The front looked good, but close insepction showed hairline cracks in the sidewall. Only two years old and already dry rot. YMMV

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I know they are aged. I check them visually constantly and keep an eye on the tire pressure which I maintain at 36/41.

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replace them ASAP. what you can't really see by looking at them is how hard/sticky/stable that rubber has become. any time you have to lean or turn and you give that tire less of a contact patch between you and the pavement, how much do you trust its grip? my tires are 2 years old and still look pretty new, but i know they have lost a ton of stickiness/grip because my back tire slides a little when doing hard turns.

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replace them ASAP. what you can't really see by looking at them is how hard/sticky/stable that rubber has become. any time you have to lean or turn and you give that tire less of a contact patch between you and the pavement, how much do you trust its grip? my tires are 2 years old and still look pretty new, but i know they have lost a ton of stickiness/grip because my back tire slides a little when doing hard turns.
I know, man. Just hoping for someone to tell me its ok to squeeze a few more miles out of these shoes. They really do appear in excellent condition but.....

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I know, man. Just hoping for someone to tell me its ok to squeeze a few more miles out of these shoes. They really do appear in excellent condition but.....
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My stepson had a sidewall suddenly develop an 8" long split on a decent looking tire, and it was just under the 6 year mark.

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I agree, replace them, just the fact that your concerned says it all.

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-03-2014, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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I took a good look at the tires again today as I was washing the bugs off and still amazed at how well the sidewalls look. But gonna check on a new set this week - probably Exedra Max in the OEM size. Thanks for affirming what I really already knew.

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