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Oldest tyre still fitted to a bike still being ridden?

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Old 06-18-2018, 12:55 PM
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Hi guys, just thought I'd try and see how old the tyres in my CBR1000F are and got instantly confused by it not having a 4-digit date code on them, only a 3-digit one so did some quick searching online and found how to read them
(it's a Metzeler MEZ3 Racing btw).



Yep that says 459.
Turns out that a code of 459 is the 45th week of 1999. It's a bloody 19 year old tyre!!
The bike's done 50,000~odd miles, how the hell is it not bald yet??
Obviously I'm getting the old ones replaced asap but thought I'd share my random discovery with y'all.
 
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Old 06-19-2018, 02:44 PM
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It's a shame to have to let a tire go due to age. I've just had to replace a couple tires on an older bike that still had plenty of meat on them.
 
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Poor vid quality, but an important 20/20 segment:

 
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Old 06-20-2018, 02:08 AM
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I remember many years ago, old timers would buy their tyres and hang them in the shed for a few years to `harden' them to make them last longer when finally fitted to the car!
 
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Old 06-20-2018, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by timothyg20 View Post
The bike's done 50,000~odd miles, how the hell is it not bald yet??
It was most likely sitting for a while before it was mounted. A small shop probably had it stored for some time before it could sell that size. That's very dangerous.
 
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Noticed this on the rear while I was putting a new exhaust on it yesterday aswell so I'm now off to local garage to get a pair of new tyres.

 
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Tyres were replaced with some Michelin Pilot Powers (only ones the garage had in stock while I was there). 200 later and it's safe to ride again.
Unsurprisingly they said "...its the oldest tyre they've removed from a bike" (the front).
 
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Yeah old tire removal stinks - Just took me forever to change a decades old tire with a Motion Pro bead popper, cursing and sweating for 20 mins lol. Usually just takes a few whacks.
 
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