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    Tire age .....

    My rear tire is the standard TW34 – you’ve probably got one on there now …..

    My ’98 bike is immaculate – (yeah, I know, I should get out more often) – 5k miles on the clock, looks like it’s still wearing the original rear tire (the matching front was pretty worn down when I got it and has been changed out for a K60) – plenty of life on the rear tire

    It looks good – it feels good – it performs good – (and as a bonus, it still holds air) ………

    But – (there’s always a “but”) – that tire is now 17 years old – (I’ve had girl-friends younger than that)

    My personal “instincts” are to run it for another couple of years – it hasn’t gone hard – and I can handle a rear blow out if it all goes pear shaped, (much like my girl-friends in fact)

    The above poll is to determine your own feelings on tire age – just on rear tires and specific to the TW (I would never consider a tire of such age on a sports bike)

    Some would argue swapping it out at five years – maybe ten – maybe even older

    So – are you anal about tires – and if so – in what direction ?

    Do you have an older tire than 17 years on your TW ?

    Call me crazy on this thread if you wish – I’ve been called worse (trust me) – it’s my arse and I can land on it if I want to – but in the poll, tell me about you ………….
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    Our bikes are rarely left outside. UV is likely the biggest culprit in deterioration (although I have read there is degradation with exposure to the atmosphere, (tires do go bad in storage). If it's not showing dry rot and it's not flat spotted, I would run it. Mine is an 02 original tire and I wont replace it until I see or experience an issue that warrants replacement.

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    That's just too old. There could easily be issues you can't spot. Yes, it is your arse, but I for one would prefer you not grind it off on a highway. Besides, tires aren't exactly expensive...at least not for the TW. Around a hundred bucks here.

    Furthermore, if you are as old as I am you can have the safety and security of a new tire right now and when it's time for a new one in 17 years you probably won't care.
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    Yeah I'd change that tire. I think the TW31 on my '92 when I got it was ten years old when I got it. Worked fine too, but for a bike that sees highway use, I wasn't willing to trust it.
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    10 years would be the maximum I would run a bike tire, and that would be a bike that is stored inside.
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    I have two thoughts about old tires. First, let all of the air out of the tire, try folding the side wall and see if there are any cracks allowing air to the cord structure. That is where the failure will most likely occur. If there are cracks, the tire is beyond its useful life. If no cracks, it should be a viable tire and still useful and safe. On the other hand, for the price of a tire that is fresh, flexible, and considered usable under all circumstances, is a lot better than my Butt trying to hang on to the seat, if that old tire blows out. Let along the heart rate that a failure would cause in this old man!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borneo View Post
    Furthermore, if you are as old as I am you can have the safety and security of a new tire right now and when it's time for a new one in 17 years you probably won't care.
    You do have a point ......

    Except that http://www.bridgestone.co.uk/moto/di...ed-tyres/tw34/
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    I had a rear tire blow out in 1977 on a Yamaha 650 at 65 MPH. I was 2 up with the owner of the bike. I kept it together but she was all over the place until I got it stopped. My rear tire is going to be 10 years old next year so I think next year I'll change it out.

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    I've never had a tire last 5 years. The tread always seems to evaporate long before then. But then, my bikes are not garage queens.
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    Could not answer poll as I just replaced the rear TW tire after having the bike a few months.
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    With my other bike it gets a new rear tire at least once a year, those 80 dirt, 20 street tires don't last long on the road. The front has been changed 3 times in 6 years.

    If there are any cracks in the side wall get rid of them - car tire manufactures claim the life span is 7 years.
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