TIRES.WHEN IS IT TIME TO CHANGE?


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TIRES.WHEN IS IT TIME TO CHANGE?

Postby MONTYERWIN » Mon May 03, 2010 10:50 am



I RECENTLY PICKED UP A 1983 GL1100.REAL CLEAN BIKE,BUT IT SAT FOR 5 YEARS, IHAVE IT UP AND RUNNING,BUT NOT SURE ON THE TIRE,TREAD DEPTH IS GREAT SMALL WEATHER CRACKS.SHOULD I REPLACE THEM OR JUST KEEP A EYE ON THE SIDEWALLS?



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Re: TIRES.WHEN IS IT TIME TO CHANGE?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon May 03, 2010 11:24 am

You should really not be riding on tires that are more than six or seven years old. You know your tires are at least five years old now. If you look closely, you will find a four-digit number stamped into the sidewall of your tire. It will read something like 4408 or 2101. Well, a 4408 means the tire was manufactured during the 44th week of 2008. 2101 means the tire was manufactured the 21st week of 2001. Years prior to 2000 have a one-digit number to reflect the year, and after 2000, a two-digit number is used.

This way you can tell the true age of the tire. But that said...if it was sitting for five years, and there are visible cracks...well, if it were my bike, it would be getting new tires. There are a few things on the bike that your life is really depending on, and tires are two of them. I don't mess around with my tires.

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Re: TIRES.WHEN IS IT TIME TO CHANGE?

Postby MONTYERWIN » Mon May 03, 2010 12:05 pm

THAT FOR THE RESPONSE WINGADMIN, THAT KINDA CONFIRMS WHAT I HAD ALREADY SUSPECTED, AND THANKS FOR THE ADVISE ON THE DATE CODES


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