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This is the front tire on my wing, DOT number shows it to be 10 years old. I showed it to my local cycle shop and they said they would run it a while longer. I commute about 50 miles a day on the highway to work and back. Since i respect the opinions of the experienced riders on this forum, I wanted to see how y'all felt about it !!
 

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In the trash it goes.
 

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+1 I cant believe that they advised you to use it with those stress fractures. I am only using cheap Shinko 230s ($150 for the pair) which have good reviews if a shorter tread life than more expensive tires.
 

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Ok gentlemen, I am getting the point. New tire will be installed on Tuesday. Dunlop D404. I kinda figured that would be the opinions. Thank you all very much. I want my "winging experiences to be safe and enjoyable !!
 

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Always remember the only thing between YOUR ASS and the road are those tires don't take any chances, me what is the name of that shop, I want to make a mental note to self never go there
 

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10 years old means nothing to me, BUT that huge crack does, no matter what the age. That tire is trash. I can't believe a shop would tell you to keep using that tire. They must not like you very much.
 

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The dryrotting on the sidewall, I would be afraid to drive back home from the cycle shop. I cant believe that they told you that was ok. Get new tires ASAP. Make sure life insurance is paid up too.
 

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Yep. Somebody that didn't know any better sold them tires. Got young girls working the counters around here, ...mostly. ATV experience they got. Well, riding them anyway. Maybe a dirtbike, ...Maybe riding on the back of a rocket. Actual motorcycle parts knowledge? Ha-ha-Noooo. That's not what they're meant for...
Smile, collect the money, ...and stay there. Some try to be salespeople. Sometimes, ..one man can't do it all. Turning wrenches and talking about it at the same time don't fit together.

Well, exception for here anyway..
 

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This is the front tire on my wing, DOT number shows it to be 10 years old. I showed it to my local cycle shop and they said they would run it a while longer. I commute about 50 miles a day on the highway to work and back. Since i respect the opinions of the experienced riders on this forum, I wanted to see how y'all felt about it !!

Those tires are weather checked severely.
I would not ride them to the street corner (that is a bit excessive) , but I mean I would not ride them out of my yard at highway speeds.

One blow out will ruin your day(s).

New tires now.
 

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Rear tire was new in Sept of 2012, Front tire will be new This Tuesday. Only rides to the corner store till then.
 

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Ok gentlemen, I am getting the point. New tire will be installed on Tuesday. Dunlop D404. I kinda figured that would be the opinions. Thank you all very much. I want my "winging experiences to be safe and enjoyable !!
So do we!
Good decision.
 

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Sun is probably the worst thing there is to destroy tires. But mud is just as bad. I know a guy who put $1600 worth of tires on his 4x4, then drove it in the mud. he never cleaned the mud off. Within 2 years the tires were badly cracked. It also sat out in the sun, but I have never seen sun alone crack tires that fast. Mud just sucks all the oil out of the rubber. Have also seen dirt bike tires with the same problem, though they usually wear out first, unless the bike sits a lot.
 

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If your shop was telling you it was OK to run those tires, I would find a new shop!!! No way would I even go around the block on those tires... Glad you have seen the light and are replacing them... Remember the only thing between you and eternity on the bike are 2 small tire patches touching the pavement, roughly equivalent to a 1/2 sheet of 8 1/2 X 11 paper...

Les
 
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