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tires

Postby hap2 » Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:22 am



How long do Elite 3 tires last? Should be more than 6000 miles, right? The side wall is cracking abit & I hava very slow leak. I think I'm good for a short (300 mile [one-way]) trip tho. I'll just check the tire every time I gas up.

Does anybody know (in Canada) where a good place to get tires?

O yes, re the tires...anything I can apply to the tires that keep them less-slippery. I'm thinking not, but thot I'd ask.

ALSO: does that liquid stuff work good for bike tires that have a slow leak?

Thank you very much



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Re: tires

Postby OnPapasWing » Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:44 am

What is the date code of your tires? They may not have many miles on them but may be "stale" dated tires.

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Re: tires

Postby hap2 » Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:04 pm

I'll c if I can find the date code & letcha know.

How bout that liquid tire sealer? Is it good?

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Re: tires

Postby downhomr » Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:01 pm

hap2
Check out Pete's Superbike out of Quebec.
Best tire prices in Canada, by far, and they will deliver to your door in 2-3 days for about
30.00.
I got Michelin Commanders for my 1200 from there for around 350.00 for the pair.

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Re: tires

Postby redial » Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:37 pm

Better than putting Slime or similar in a tyre is to get the garden hose, as someone else has suggested, and find where the bubbles are coming from. It doesnt take long to find it. (And it is much better than finding your tyre is flat overnight.) Once you find where the bubbles are escaping from, then you can repair it. You will have to repair it at some time, so it is better to do it early.

For the valve, just put a small blob of spit (mouth water) onto the uncapped valve, and check to see if a bubble pops the blob of spit. There, that wasnt hard. Then try the garden hose to see if there is anywhere that the bubbles are getting out. (Bubbles to tyres, are like smoke to electrics.)

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Re: tires

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:17 pm

Depending on what "slight" cracking means to you, would be the determining fact whether I'd fool around with the tire(s) or not. Having had a couple of flats while riding (picked up two screws, and got a puncture from running over a CAT) I can tell you that if you haven't experienced it, you don't want to. Better to replace tires if their fitness for continued service is at all in question.

I do not know if some of the online tire sales outfits will ship to Canada, but I don't see why they wouldn't. Of course, shipping may be cost prohibitive... all you can do is shop around and see. I have bought tires from several internet sales outfits and haven't had any trouble, but I did know what I wanted before I started "shopping" for price.

I've also bought plenty of tires locally, before the internet, and have been treated well by the local folks too. I usually get a better price on the internet, probably because the sellers don't have the same kind of overhead as the local guy.
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Re: tires

Postby jdavidsmit » Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:54 am

I had a E3 front tire that was installed in 2011 date code 311 develop cracks around the side wall, about 5000 miles. I thought it was because I had ridden with low air pressure. any way I changed it out. by the way the rear also has a date code of 311 but no problem with it. new E3 seams to be a bit noisier than the older one.
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Re: tires

Postby bstig60 » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:15 am

If you have cracks in the side of the tire, my advice would be to replace it. It could go anytime. As for the liquid tire repair, I would avoid it at all costs. It will work for awhile, but it makes a real mess when you go to change the tire.
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Re: tires

Postby themainviking » Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:48 pm

I would not use those liquid compounds. They make a real mess of your rim and can cause damage to your TPMS sending unit (tire pressure monitoring system). I have found this place to be good for purchasing tires. They also deliver fairly quickly.

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Re: tires

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:51 pm

themainviking wrote:I would not use those liquid compounds. They make a real mess of your rim and can cause damage to your TPMS sending unit (tire pressure monitoring system). I have found this place to be good for purchasing tires. They also deliver fairly quickly.

I agree with you completely.

I have used the green slime on lawnmower tires, but would NOT use it on a motorcycle tire unless it was on an emergency basis. I like solid tires under me.
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Re: tires

Postby hap2 » Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:57 pm

Whad b the life expectancy for a Dunlop E3 on the front of my 1500 if I maintain proper air pressure but use side stand a lot?

Also, looking for some options for replacing that tire (keep In mind that I have E3 on rear.) I dunno if I shud put another brand on front..where to buy (I'm in Canada)

I've got about 3500 mi on it & starting to crack all around yet lots of tread on it still & holding air.

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Re: tires

Postby MikeB » Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:02 am

It is your life to play Russian roulette with but if it were my carcass riding on those tires, I'd get them replaced as soon as the sun comes up.
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Re: tires

Postby hap2 » Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:15 pm

Why would tires start cracking close to the edge of the rim?

It's a Dunlop E3 (3 yrs old)

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Re: tires

Postby hap2 » Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:21 pm

I'm wondering if putting a tube in my new tubeless tire (when I get one) is a good idea to as a maintenance thing. I have some cracking going on right around the tire very close to the rim & wondering how that would happen? The tire is only about 3 years old, & has got lots of tread on it still & it doesn't leak any air. Would that be caused by sunlight, putting it on it's side stand, or would it just a b a bad tire? It's a Dunlop E3. Is there anything I can put on / in those cracks that would help? (temporary bandade, I know.

I've gone about 400 miles already since noticing this with no issues.




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