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Tyre life

Discussion in 'Technical and Troubleshooting Torque' at netrider.net.au started by Dylan05, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. How long should you either store a tyre or ride on one (not meaning tyre wear)? Is a tyre thats been stored in a controlled climate but is 5 years old ok?
    I decided to have a look at my tyres to see how old they were today, I've never checked the age of a tyre before and should have done this when I bought the bike. I found my tyres (slicks) were made in 2004 and 2005 way too old? or should they be ok to ride. I did use them at PI a couple of weeks ago .

    So how old do you let your tyres get regardless of wear before you change them?


  2. Common gossip is five a year shelf life.
    If they are wrapped well and kept from the AIR. Then they will be fine for a long time. They or the carcass would be harder and more care needed when first using them. But a few heat cycles and they would be no diff I think....and I am only assuming, we know what that brings.
  3. I've ridden on some truly ancient tyres (10+ years) and I'm still here. That includes some limited track use too. So no, I don't change tyres before they wear out and wouldn't bother unless they were showing a worrying level of cracking.

    I don't recommend it, but as long as you're aware that they're not in the first flush of youth you probably won't die either.