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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-07-2017, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Old tires?

Okay, so my tires (second owner of a 2001 classic) look to be the original. Date code, seems to be DOT EUXR LE 74100. Of that is the date code, my tires would be 16 years old, does that look right?
Second, what size tubes do I use for original size tires? The bike indeed has tubes on spoke wheels.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-08-2017, 06:40 AM
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Here is a link to a site about date codes on motorcycle tires. Tyre age and DOT numbers for motorcycle tyre - moto-tyres online @ moto-tyres.co.uk

This is an interesting read throughout, especially the test on the tires when stored properly.
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As a shop manager for cages, the rule of thumb is if it has been on the shelf 3 years get new ones. If it has been on the car 6 years time for new ones. As those could be 15 years old YES get new ones. Also they could be even older than 15. Depending on when they were made. They could have been made in 1999 to 2001 depending on the build date of the bike.
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As a shop manager for cages, the rule of thumb is if it has been on the shelf 3 years get new ones. If it has been on the car 6 years time for new ones. As those could be 15 years old YES get new ones. Also they could be even older than 15. Depending on when they were made. They could have been made in 1999 to 2001 depending on the build date of the bike.
agree, rubber is so important to keeping us safe. Old tires are worse than bald tires. Too late when you are sliding on your arse...
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I have to chime in here, too...don't even think about it, getcha some new tires right away.
Have to ask...are you a 130 pilot?

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Oips, ya'll really thought I'd ride on those ancient skins. NO WAY. Already have Michelins on the way and, although the temps should get up to 70 by weeks end, have to keep the ride in hibernation.
What I wonder is how many new riders would by a 16 year old bike with "lots of tread left" and ride on them? I hope this post catches some eyes and has them reconsider.
Riding on old rubber ain't worth saving $200 especially since my butt's on the line.

And yes, I'm a C-130 pilot when I'm not tucked away in a windowless office as the c chief of safety.
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And yes, I'm a C-130 pilot when I'm not tucked away in a windowless office as the c chief of safety.
I work at a military/civilian airfield that used to be a base for 130's, before they were replaced by C-5's, and then C-17's...
I'm a lowly private pilot but was an Air Force brat...my Dad flew Skyraiders, then transport...Father-in-law was FE on a 130 gunship in Nam...so your name caught my eye

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