Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Fort Collins , Colorado, USA
Tire longevity not miles
Well just got off my first fall morning ride on my K1200rs with the temp around 38 degrees F, and it was a joy of a ride, compared to my old naked SV650! As long as it's dry, I can easily make it down in the 20's I think.
I know this site has plenty of opinions and suggestions on tires for my K1200rs so I won't start that but I do have a question on my current tires.
when I bought the bike it came with Metzler 880's. I still have plenty of tread left and I've gotten use to the feel of the tires as they are not as sticky in the twisties as tires I've used in the past on my SV650, but no problems as of yet and my daily riding is on the highway so I do want longevity as I can't afford to put tires on every 5k.
The current tires were replaced at 22,867 and I'm @ 30,400. I'm not so concerned with the mileage as much as the year they were put on the bike. The tires were replaced 7/27/07 so it's now of course 10/04/2012 so the tires are over 5 years old. That's the part that concerns me.
I haven't done any research on the Metzler website yet, but I wouldn't run my truck tires any longer then 5 years, (many cager tires have a "born on" date) so that's my only concern with these. I don't know if motorcycle tires are date sensitive or not? And from my point of view, if you ride a bike regularly like I do, you would never hit the 5 year time frame.
My thoughts are with colder temperatures coming around the corner or already here, As long as my tread and wear bars are ok I should be safe until the spring. Am I missing anything?