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mlb55
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   Posted 8/31/2011 8:02 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
When should tires be replaced?
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   Posted 8/31/2011 10:05 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
when it's time to replace them. check the wear marks and other signs of age such as cracks.
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   Posted 9/1/2011 6:04 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
mlb55 said...
When should tires be replaced?
What's your situation......as in, why do you ask ??
 
In addition to the obvious....no tread left or cracks or other defects......the general rule of thumb is that tires over 5 years are suspect, no matter how good they look.
 
If they have had little exposure to sunlight and excessive heat....AND......your riding style is very conservative, then maybe a little over 5 years would work if they look good.......but not much over.


 
 

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   Posted 9/1/2011 7:24 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
mlb55 said...
When should tires be replaced?
 
This isn't a question that has a decent answer over the internet.
Someone looking at your tire(s) that knows what they are looking at, is vital.
Obvious things like wear to the wear bars..or bald,  or cracks etc., aren't the only signs. 
And...You're giving no information.  What is the bike, How are you using it. 


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   Posted 9/1/2011 11:18 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
If you're wondering about the age thing, it's because as the tires get old they go hard and don't grip as they should, even if the tread appears to be good. Always replace the tires as they get close to the wear indicator and never, ever, let them go bald.
New tires are a lot cheaper than medical treatment.


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   Posted 9/4/2011 11:00 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
The bike is a 2007 Honda VTX 1300R with 5200 miles on orginal tires. The front tire is starting to show some dry cracks on the side wall. I ride alot of road with hills and curves. any recommendations on tire brands. my front is 140/80-17 an rearis 170/80-15
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   Posted 9/5/2011 9:25 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
I'd suggest sticking with one of the "major" brands (Michelin, Pirelli, Dunlop, Metzeler, Avon, etc.), although some folks report good results with cheapo offshore tires such as Shinko.

If you want a specific tire recommendation, you'll have to wait for the cruiser riders on this site to weigh in--I ride on sport or S/T rubber.
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   Posted 9/5/2011 10:30 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
mlb55 said...
The bike is a 2007 Honda VTX 1300R with 5200 miles on orginal tires. The front tire is starting to show some dry cracks on the side wall. I ride alot of road with hills and curves. any recommendations on tire brands. my front is 140/80-17 an rearis 170/80-15


when i had my cruisers, metzeler m880 was my preferred choice. good combo of grip and longevity.
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   Posted 9/5/2011 10:40 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
GeoffG said...
I'd suggest sticking with one of the "major" brands (Michelin, Pirelli, Dunlop, Metzeler, Avon, etc.), although some folks report good results with cheapo offshore tires such as Shinko.

If you want a specific tire recommendation, you'll have to wait for the cruiser riders on this site to weigh in--I ride on sport or S/T rubber.


They normally come in a little later .... smhair

One brand that gets high recommendations is this: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/31/401/6065/ITEM/Dunlop-Elite-3-Touring-Radial-Rear-Tire.aspx


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   Posted 9/6/2011 6:34 AM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Don't go cheap on tires, or try to squeeze every mile possible out of the tread, like I used to do. When the wear bar indicators in the tread show level to the outer surface its time to change out the tire. Look along the tread edge side of the tire for a small arrow-point with a "TW" next to it, follow the point of the arrow over the tread and you'll find the wear bar indicator in the tread.

Aside from that, if a tire is old enough, or weather/sun/ozone aged enough to crack the sidewalls, its time to change out the tire even if the tread wear indicators have not come up level to the tread. Any tire aged enough and hard enough to crack at the sidewall has lost a lot of flexibility and grip.

Oh, why do I caution about the tread wear issue, and not wearing the tires down past that point? Because I found out the real "hard" way on a nearly bald rear tire on a wet muddy surface. I dumped the bike after loosing control/balance, and the bike fell on me. When it did the blunt edge of the fairing snapped my leg just above my boot on my left shin. No blood, no bone puncture. But imagine your foot/boot literally "dangling/swinging/circling" in every direction when you stand up, NOT GOOD! I now have a titanium rod in my left leg, below the knee to above the ankle because of me being a cheap-ass trying to squeeze miles out of a nearly bald tire.


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   Posted 9/6/2011 5:14 PM (GMT -7)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Fer cripes sake! "dangling/swinging/circling"... oh man made my leg cringe.


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