time for new tires...

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  1. crowtalks

    crowtalks escaping life, one ride at a time Supporter

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    Once again, it is time for a tire change...

    I am looking for new tires for my R1100GS...an 80/20 tire, since that is about the ratio I ride and I generally ride 2 lane blacktops from "so they call this paved...roads" to nicer roads with fully packed panniers and my fat ass (240 pounds) 12 months of the year in sun and rain. If I ride offroad it will be hardpack, as I try to avoid loose gravel and sand. I may ride 200 miles or ride 500/600 in a day.

    I currently have Anakee Adventure tires and I seem to be getting balanced wear with both front and back (which is better than before, for the back tires).

    What are good tires to look for in rain performance and longevity?

    Jim
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  2. Just Dave

    Just Dave Been here awhile

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    Dunlop Trailsmart at Chapmoto.com.

    I picked up a set for my ‘16 GS for $104 shipped. They should also have your size. It’s probably more of a 90/10 however.
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  3. crowtalks

    crowtalks escaping life, one ride at a time Supporter

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    how many miles have you put on these tires? One thing I like about the Dunlop is they are made in the US
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  4. DerekS

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    $104 shipped for two tires?

    Wowzer that is a crazy deal for non-Chinese tires, which I typically run due to cost.
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    I just received them last week and they’re still sitting in the closet. I’ll likely have them installed in October. For $104 for two, I won’t be terribly disappointed if I don’t get a lot of mileage out of them.
    I’ve run Roadsmart tires on a previous bike and I liked them, so hoping the Trailsmart will be a similar experience.
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  6. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    just curious what the date code was on the tires they sent you? I have a set in my “cart” but haven’t bought them yet, I have another set waiting to go on when the current tires are done, don’t want to get too far ahead of myself (by being too optimistic with how much riding I’ll do in the next 2 years).
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  7. PerazziMx14

    PerazziMx14 Long timer

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    I’ve bought 4 sets of the Trailsmarts. I put a set on the 2006 R1200GSA and they perform well.

    another buddy bought 10 rears and 1 front another buddy bought 2 sets.

    To good of a deal to pass up.
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    PerazziMx14 Long timer

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    Most are from 2017 with some 2016's mixed in. Unless your are going to store them in the unrelenting sun and heat of Mojave dessert or under a UV light they will be fine for years to come. In fact Dunlops 6 year manufacturers warranty applies to these tires starting from the date they are purchased not the date they were manufactured. So if you get a 2016 version today it warranted until 9/20/2026 against manufacturer defects.

    Store them out of direct sunlight and under a roof (basement, garage, laundry room, closet, kitchen counter, pantry, linen closet, middle of the living room etc.) and they'll be ready when you are. Tires don't spoil like a gallon of milk.
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    Mine are stamped 3817, which would be September 2017.
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    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    ordered a set, $108 shipped for the 170/120 pair - thanks

    eta - shipping is “free” but they charge sales tax and a recycling fee.
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    Same date stamps as the TrailSmarts I recently bought. Great deal.
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    $141 shipped tor the r1100gs sizes.

    Now I just need to find a deal like that for a clutch, rear brake pads and rotor!
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    Mine were both mid-2017 code dates too. Like many, I have them in reserve...waiting for my current hoops to wear out. :)
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    At what age is a tire no longer usable?
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    Tires are composed of various types of material and rubber compounds, having performance properties essential to the proper functioning of the tire itself. These component properties change over time. For each tire, this change depends upon many factors such as weather, storage conditions, and conditions of use (load, speed, inflation pressure, maintenance etc.) to which the tire is subjected throughout its life. This service-related evolution varies widely so that accurately predicting the serviceable life of any specific tire in advance is not possible. Tires which have been in use for 5 years or more should continue to be inspected by a specialist at least annually. It is recommended that any tires 10 years or older from the date of manufacture, including spare tires, be replaced with new tires as a precaution even if such tires appear serviceable and even if they have not reached the legal wear out limit.

    https://www.dunlopmotorcycletires.com/about/faq/#faq-1

    I’m amazed that Dunlop would permit motorcycle tire to last that long.

    That said, they get good reviews and that’s a great price. Woof!
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  15. PerazziMx14

    PerazziMx14 Long timer

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    But these are made in France
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    PerazziMx14 Long timer

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    These tires are not used they are new.

    Out of the 4 (two fronts, two rears) I got today all were made between the 17th and 26th week of 2017. That makes them about 2-1/2 years old. Not an old tire by any matrix.
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  17. Just Dave

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    If I install mine in October I’ll need new tires by Spring 2021 anyway.
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    crowtalks escaping life, one ride at a time Supporter

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    OK, I know their 50/50 tires are made in the US, so I made an assumption about the others, but I think French made tires rock!
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    PerazziMx14 Long timer

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    I think Shinko is about the only tar (that's how the locals pronounce tire) that you can reliably know where it going to be manufactured.
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