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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-24-2019, 12:30 AM
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[SIZE="a"]I just changed the tires on my 2006 C50 last year. The old tires were 12 years old with 1500 miles. And, in all honesty, they didn't look bad. Bike tires are expensive. No way I'm gonna change mine every 5 years unless they really need it. The bike is garaged and only ridden locally with low miles during the summer.

My father had a 1913 Excelsior with original tires that had thousands of miles on them. He finally changed the tires in 2000. They lasted 97 years. However, it was an antique so for at least 40 years it wasn't ridden much except at bike shows. At the bike shows they rode the antiques in a field and the last time he rode the bike with the original tires, strips of rubber kept falling off the tires. After that he realized that it was finally time to replace the tires...lol. My Dad was concerned that if the bike didn't have the original tires it would lose value. In any case, he put new tires on that were designed to look like the originals. He sold the bike before he died and got $48k for it which I thought was pretty good for a bike that cost $300 brand new.[/SIZE]
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This sounds like a good debate to stay out of and just be an observer.
Dang it, my fingers accidentally slipped onto the keypad.
I've used older tyres (sorry Aus spelling) many times up to 10 years old on bikes and cars BUT I used them only for regular speed commute, no burnouts, no heroic stuff, and definitely no sustained high speed work or heavy loads. And you don't know what stresses those tyres may have already had that you don't know about.
They may be ok for now but there's a very old saying, if you've got a ten dollar head wear a ten dollar helmet. That may just apply to tyres too.
Take it easy for now maybe, but make it a plan to change out soon. You would have to soon enough anyway if you do much riding.
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The date on the tire is the use or freeze by date.

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