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Tire Life Span - Should I replace them?

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I recently bought a very low milage, garage kept 2001 Goldwing. The tire serial numbers on the sidewall indicate a 2000 manufacture year on the front and a 2001 on the rear. (I know there was a rear rim mounting recall and that work was completed in 2001.)

The tires look great. The bike has under 2,000 miles. No evidence of dry rot or cracks. But, I was told once that tire rot starts on the inside.

I've monitored air prssure carefully since my July purchase of the bike and both tires have held air pressure.

Should I consider replacing the tires based simply upon their age?


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Nine and ten year old tires. It's what you feel comfortable doing. I have heard of new tires that didn't last so years on them not good. Few hundred dollars for new ones and your safety chances are better. Here's a clip[ on aged tires:
Many people:

1) make 5 years a tire life limit for a motorcycle

2) post tech questions on the tech question forum.

Not complaining, just letting you know where you will get more answers. This forum was pretty much created as a electronic logbook for people to track their bike's maintenance and farkels added.
I would personally replace ANY tires that old, but especially on the 2 tires that are standing between me and asphalt/concrete while I'm going 60-80 mph! I just replaced my utility trailer tires a few months ago due to age-and I pull it behind my truck. I just started getting "nervous" b/c the tires were so old.
Probably lots of opinions to come.

Mine is change them. Tire manufacturers say 5 years. Lots argue that is just to sell tires. It is your hide.

Sounds like you got a nice ride, why take any chances on the rubber coming apart on you.

Many thanks to all of you

Many thanks to all of you for replying to my post. I've only recently returned to riding and I appreciate the unanimous verdict in favor of replacing the tires. It it were my aircraft, I'd have no hesitation in replacing an old tire. Something about "There are old pilots and there are bold pilots. There are no 'old bold' pilots." I suppose it's wise to adopt the same safety level for my Goldwing. If not for The Rider's Edge Course instructor, I probalby wouldn't have known what the numbers on the side of the tire meant.

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