If your budget is up for it, it's probably a good idea - (don't forget to do the tubes) .....
I just got my first TW, a 2005 with less than 1,000 miles on it. It still has the original tires, which makes me wonder if they should be replaced due to age? The bike has spent its life garaged so they don't appear to have any sun damage or dry rot. But will they have degraded over time to the point I need to replace them anyway?
Conventional wisdom is no more than 10-year-old tires depending on wear and condition.
If this TW has been garaged, you could give the tires the "don't squeeze the Charmin" test. In other words, you could pinch or squeeze the tire rubber and if it's still pliable you may be ok. I stress MAY be ok! If the tires feel hard like plastic or has cracks or dead cat limbs sticking out between the tread, new tires are in order for sure! With 1,000 miles the tread wear depth is probably ok but don't go by this alone.
Of course, it can't hurt if you do what Purple mentions and then there are no worries...with old tires!
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As rubber ages it gets harder, more brittle, and has less grip on the road. UV exposure will speed this up, but it happens even in the dark with time. Your tires are now 12 years old, so YES, they should be replaced. It's your only link to the road and what price do you put on safety? If all your riding is offroad, you could probably get away with them but if you ride on the road, definitely not. Your choice and only you bear the consequences if you ride on them.
Every tire has a date stamp imprinted on the sidewall in a little rectangular box. The first 2 digits of the 4 digit code is the week of manufacture, the last 2 digits are the year. Ie., 4006 means they were made the 40th week (in Oct.) of 2006.
Your tires could be older than 2005, could be 13 years old. Replace them.
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I'm in the same boat, recently bought an 06 with a few thousand miles more miles than yours and tires still look great. I do plan on changing them in a couple of months, I do more street and a couple hundred bucks for tires is worth the investment to increase my chances of staying off the pavement.
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I think I'll do the smart/safe thing and start looking into replacing these old tires, just need to do a little research and see what all you TW guys recommend.
Thanks for all the advice, looking forward to learning more each time I check out this forum
I got my bike (2010) with 1.3k miles on it. Bike was on an island here in Florida and the front tire was already pretty hard, rear "seemed" okay until I rode it. At speed, turning seemed off a little bit. I think the UV degraded these tires quickly, I replaced tubes and tires. Peace of mind was worth the cost alone since my tires weren't that old but Im certainly glad I did it.
I think you made the right choice.