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post #41 of 47 Old 07-10-2016, 12:25 PM
 
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Duckster is correct on condition versus age. A bike stored on jackstands/elevated off the ground in an enclosed garage for five or ten years will have much better tires than a bike that is parked out in the sun for the same period.

Also noteworthy, most of the "five year" tire research is regarding radial tires, something we don't have to worry about with our bikes. For whatever reason (I postulate that it has something to do with the facebook analogy of lowest common denominator and the widespread displays of such on the internet in general), that somehow got ported over to non-radial motorcycle tires.

"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However; they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber.
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I bought my bike back in Nov. with 300+ miles on it. It's not that it sat around for YEARS... the owner lived in a golf club community and only drove it to the clubhouse daily ( I know... not good for the bike ).

He was a *snowbird* so it DID sit for 6 months at a time... but he kept it in a climate controlled garage ( heat and air ), and stored it properly when gone ( he was a retired mechanic ).

VERY unusual circumstances, I know.

Plus, with my *gentle* riding style, I feel that I put very little stress on the tires, which I think matters. Not much flexing.

I'm thinking that this makes *my* situation a bit different than normal.

Plus, I'm cheap ( have to be... I'm kinda poor ), so I just refuse to scrap *basically* brand new tires.

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Try owning multiple bikes. It sucks needing new tires when 10K miles per year gets divided among five bikes...in other words they'll succumb to the "age issues" long before the treads are worn out.

"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However; they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber.
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Try owning multiple bikes. It sucks needing new tires when 10K miles per year gets divided among five bikes...in other words they'll succumb to the "age issues" long before the treads are worn out.
Wow! That WOULD be a *****!

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Wow! That WOULD be a *****!
Yep, tell me about it. My chopper tires --- mind you the least ridden bike in the stable --- have about 12K miles on them and boat loads of tread life but after 11 years they started forming side wall cracks (same make/model tires on another bike went 24K on another bike and still had tread depth despite the same side wall cracks), right about the time I got laid off from my well paying job. Replacements have been a back burner project for the past five years now, and as such I'm riding it even less...

"Ride Safe, Chop Safer" Motorcycles are not unsafe. However; they are extremely unforgiving of inattention, incompetence, ignorance, and stupidity.
Dismantling, sawzalling, and rattle canning does not make a bobber.
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[QUOTE=Shadow Shack;1053353]Duckster is correct on condition versus age. A bike stored on jackstands/elevated off the ground in an enclosed garage for five or ten years will have much better tires than a bike that is parked out in the sun for the same period.QUOTE]

My bike was garage kept for 7 years before I bought it...rear tire lasted longer than the front, but I got all I could out of it. I don't recommend doing what I did though....
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