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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-15-2015, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Is this Tire gonna kill me

I was really hoping to get through the rest of the season before having to change my tires. Time and Money, my two most needed things, lol.

I only ride a few hundred miles a season, I know, I wish I could ride more often.

Im getting mixed information from other places that ive read. Is this tire completely shot? Is it a death trap? Or can I do hang on to these for another 300-500 miles?

Im sure they are original tires too. they are the Dunlop 404 and its a 2003 V Star 1100 Silverado. Has 10,300 miles on it and presumably that many miles on the tires. Im not the original owner, so im guessing. I need to go read the manf. date on the tires. Just haven't had time.

The cracks are mainly on the rear tire.

Anyone else see these on their dunlops?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-15-2015, 04:45 PM
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I would replace the tires especially since there's some cracks.
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post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-15-2015, 06:27 PM
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Why take the unnecessary risk?... Get some new robber on that bike!

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Not worth the risk

I think this is a perfect example of the cost of keeping the tires will be exponentially more than changing them. Do you and your family a favor and change the tires. The price of new tires will be far cheaper than what could happen to you, the bike, and anything you hit.

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Ex I'm in agreement with the others, I'd change them, especially if there's cracks. I know it's not cheap, yet I don't want to see anything happen to you.
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Is this tire going to kill you?

Yes.

So given that answer, how do you feel about time/money now?

10+ years old with cracks? You're rollin' the dice and the odds aren't with you. The tires darned well -could- kill you. Literally.

Replace 'em.

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+1 more on new tires!

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Original tires??? For god's sake, buy new ones regardless of how good the tread is or how small the cracks look... 2003 tires are NOT safe

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Any cracks in the rubber are dangerous because those cracks are SHOUTING "I'm going to kill you !!!" They are old and the rubber is /has broken down. A 12 year old tire begs the question, "What else has been neglected on this machine? Final drive lube, brakes, spoke tightening? Save your own life - if it were mine, I wouldn't even ride it to the dealer, I'd trailer it in.

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I agree with all the others. It's not worth the risk to continue with that tire. Augie

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