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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-27-2016, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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V Star 950 | Tire cracks?

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I have a 2011 V Star 950 with only about 3K miles, but I noticed a few cracks along the sidewalls when I was putting it away for the winter.

As you can see, there is a lot of tread left but I am still worried about the age of the tires as well as the temperature extremes they have lived in (upstate NY and Texas).


Should I be proactive and just change out the tires this summer? Also, has anyone used these tires on their 950T?

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Elite 3: 180/70HR-16 (rear)



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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-28-2016, 05:13 AM
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but I am still worried about the age of the tires. Should I be proactive and just change out the tires this summer?
I think you have your answer on should eye. As for tires, no more miles than you ride a set of the cheaper brand
will grow old before the tread is gone

Change them tire's and ride more.
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I really can't see anything in the pics you posted, they are too small.

Age is as important as wear on motorcycle tires....I copied this from the Motorcycle Superstore site...

"Checking the Born-On Date
Even if your tires are groovy with no uneven wear and plenty of tread, there is one more factor to consider, especially if you purchased a used bike with tires already on it. That factor is age. If you didn’t buy your tires or you can’t remember when you did, check for the production date. Among the numbers stamped on your sidewall, one of them indicates the “born-on date” for your tire. It won’t look like a standard date, but rather a simple three- or four-digit code like “4702.” The first two digits indicate the week the tire was made, and the last two digits indicate the year. For our example, that tire would have been made during the 47th week of 2002 (tires made prior to 2000 have only 1 digit for the year). The general rule-of-thumb is to avoid riding on a tire over six or seven years old. For example, if you see the number 1910, your tire isn’t really over 100 years old, it means it was born during the 19th week of 2010."

You bike may be a 2011....but if the tires were made in 2010 or even 2009, you are ready for new ones without question.

Other than that.....like mentioned above...use your eyes and remember that your life is at stake.

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They are cracking on the bead. I would change them and next time ride it more so they are wore out instead of dry rot
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Not to belabor the fact, but...YES you should replace those tires and here's why: When you see cracks in the sidewall (no matter how small), it means they are dried out and they will not hold the road in a turn as well as a newer, softer tire. You risk having the tire(s) slide out from under you in a sharp turn. Don't ask me how I know.

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Hey folks,

I have a 2011 V Star 950 with only about 3K miles, but I noticed a few cracks along the sidewalls when I was putting it away for the winter.

As you can see, there is a lot of tread left but I am still worried about the age of the tires as well as the temperature extremes they have lived in (upstate NY and Texas).


Should I be proactive and just change out the tires this summer? Also, has anyone used these tires on their 950T?

Elite 3: 130/90B-16 (front)
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Elite 3: 180/70HR-16 (rear)



Thanks!
after they dismount them bend the side walls with your hand, and you'll have a panic attack when you realize how deep the cracks really are. those cracks were opening like that while you were riding and the tire was flexing. so if you see that again you'll be changing em real quick. it a real eye opener when you flex the crack open manually.

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Thanks everyone! I will heed your advice immediately! As for the replacements, how do my suggestions (original) look. They are slightly bigger than the OEM's but I think they'll fit my 950T!
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those are the exact same tires i put on my 950. the tread never seems to wear down on these tires. i replaced my last set after about 30K miles/3 yrs because the rubber had considerably hardened by then (probably should have replaced after 2 years) and lost grip. so for these tires, instead of using tread wear as an indicator, you're going to want to check for other signs of age/wear. but they should last much longer than most other tires on the market.

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Thanks Bevo and the rest of the community. Ya'll have been very helpful!
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Thanks everyone! I will heed your advice immediately! As for the replacements, how do my suggestions (original) look. They are slightly bigger than the OEM's but I think they'll fit my 950T!
going with a taller tires will improve top end a little going wider will require more steering input to initiate a lean
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