I don't know about the date thing. I think it's an overated thing. Continental makes a very good tire. Unless they've been sitting out in the weather they will be fine even if 10 yrs old or more. I'm sure arguable. I'm still running original tires on a 78 KZ650 and a 1980 KZ1000 and they work just fine. Granted I'm not going roadracing though.
I bet that dealer would have sold the same tire a month ago for full price.
Many of us do not even realize that our band new tires may be several years old.
I wish I could have found my tires at that price. I would even consider buying more than one.
Do check the date. Dealers would probably keep and accepttires that are a couple years old, but they would tend to get rid of tires that aresignificantly older. Check date, and then make your decision.
Some riders will wear that tire out one riding season.
Tire's have been inside there whole life. This is a cycle recycle (Junkyard) 1/2 mi. from me. Excellant reputation. He's got 3 1200's and 1 1100 plus a ton of other bikes!! Very interesting place to walk around!!
Goin over Monday and check the date code. Will probebly buy one as I need one.