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Bike is a 02 V92TC Deluxe. 40k on the odometer. Bought 4 months ago from family of deceased friend. Tread is good- front and back. Mfg date on front is 0307 (3rd week of 07). Rear is 2515 (25th week of 15). Bike stored inside. Left sitting for 1.5 years after guy died. No dry rot. Wheels have spokes, so tube is involved. So, how old is too old?
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You'll get different answers here ranging from 5-8 years from some folks. Tires, in my humble opinion, are very easy to read when they get to where they should be changed from age. Spider cracks, usually developing along the wheel, are a good tell tale sign it's time to change the tire.

All plastics and rubber off-gas until there isn't anything left. They all dry out and dry rot over time. Use good judgement is my best advice. I've got a 21 year old car that the dash is still off-gassing. It leaves a film on the inside of my windshield over time. That's why I like to install dash pads. They prevent that and they help make the dash stay good longer. Just common sense really.
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that the dash is still off-gassing. It leaves a film on the inside of my windshield over time. .

I'll tell my wife next time I'm "off-gassing" and see what she says.
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I'll tell my wife next time I'm "off-gassing" and see what she says.
Hahaha... do you leave a film on the window too!?

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Bike is a 02 V92TC Deluxe. 40k on the odometer. Bought 4 months ago from family of deceased friend. Tread is good- front and back. Mfg date on front is 0307 (3rd week of 07). Rear is 2515 (25th week of 15). Bike stored inside. Left sitting for 1.5 years after guy died. No dry rot. Wheels have spokes, so tube is involved. So, how old is too old?
No Question I would change the 12 Year Front Tire .. If ever lost air quickly on a Front Tire Rolling at a good clip no further explanation needed ..

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I would not go longer than 6 years but that is just me. Most motorcycles are kept inside and out of the elements so I am sure at 10 years old most tires would be alright but just not worth it to me. Rubber gets hard as it ages and I need all the grip I can get riding the curvy roads around ETN.

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Hahaha... do you leave a film on the window too!?

Haha, I think we all have been known to!!!
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Tire manufacturers and safety organizations say 6 years... Personally, I won't go more than 5.

Getting new tires is like getting a new bike. They feel so much better. Old tires ride like shit.
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Definitely would change out that front tire!
As tires age, the rubber becomes 'hard' and the tire doesn't have the 'tack' (stickiness) and will lose traction far earlier than a fresh tire, (especially on wet/damp pavement) never mind increased chance of delamination!!


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Replace both. Bike been sitting. Tires are just a wear item. Replace oil, brake fluid, tires, everything in maintenance get it done. Then you have a fresh bike to enjoy and follow maintenance schedule.
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