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    Oldie tires

    Seeing a few posts on tires. My bike has the original 25 year old tires. I notice when I push the bike around the back tire/ suspension bounces slightly. I also notice when I slow down rapidly from 60km/h my suspension bounces a bit. I'm assuming it's my old tires that have sat for many years. My father thinks the rear axle is slightly bent but it seems to spin true. They aren't cracked bad I've only rode about 2 hours on it, will they ballence themselves out? Should I replace?
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    replace!
    They are a hazard on the road
    If you just ride trails then you could ride them until they fail
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    25 year old tires? Wow, we are going to tease you about them mercilessly...things like "park with the flat spot on top for the next 25 years you'll be O.K".

    You could prop the bike up on a stand of some sort and spin the tires looking for any serious eccentricity or out-of-roundness to help evaluate health of your tires. At same time remove and inspect axle to assuage your father's concerns r.e. bent axle if you like. However unless axle's nut is very loose the axle should never rotate nor cause the "bounce".
    Since it is your first motorcycle and these things can hurt you in a mishap I would argue strongly for newer, safer tires. They are much cheaper than a trip to the emergency room.
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    When I first got my 87, it had the original tires. I could feel each knobby as it rolled along just like your bouncing. It's probably just the rock hard tires. The bike almost sang as it went down the road. No question about it, replace them.
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    Yes, replace them.

    Being frugal, I like to get every bit of use out of my tires...but...

    On my 2005, I thought I had steering head bearing problems, thought I had bent forks....but is wasn't.

    It was only a rock-hard old front tire. A new tire made all the difference...handled like a new bike.

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    I've had a few dates with the pavement from popping wheelies on dirt bikes, not a fun time. I'm getting the bike registered so I will replace them when I do this.IMG_20150621_194556149.jpgIMG_20150621_194609372.jpg
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    Thanks for the replies I like to get every last mile out of my tires being a cheapo

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    Quote Originally Posted by will View Post
    Thanks for the replies I like to get every last mile out of my tires being a cheapo

    It's not worth it bro, replace them asap for your safety. We really hate losing members here. Just sayin...
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    Quote Originally Posted by will View Post
    Should I replace?
    Though I can't argue with the wisdom expressed by others, when I replace tires the cord is showing through. Age cracks, hard rubber, out of round / balance, I just adjust my speed down a little and continue on my way. I have yet to have one fail.

    Disclaimer: This is not a recommendation. This is what I would do under the same or similar circumstances. You must decide for yourself. Good luck.
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    Dry rot is nothing to mess with. About four years ago, I had an old-but-unused/garaged utility trailer...had one of those like-new tires fail on the road. While my R1200GS was on it.

    On the Interstate. With no spare.

    First, it tore the fark out of the fender. THEN, of course I had to unhook the trailer on the side of the road...and hope to God the BMW didn't get stolen. But...point is...old tires will fail. The rubber will just split with stress, and next you know, bad stuff is happening.

    If you're just going to cruise the neighborhood at low speeds, you can get away with it. Anything faster than 25, or in traffic AT ALL...change them! Trust me, you do NOT want to go down with a sudden failure in traffic! How much is your body worth to you?
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