Would you use a New in the wrapper Michelin tire made in 2011?

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  1. wildwestrider

    wildwestrider Pack-Mule Hooligan

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    Actually a tire that came with a 2005 R1200RT I bought a while ago. Its a Michelin Pilot Road 3, it still has the original wrapper with the tire info on it. It's never been installed on a bike. The manufactured date is (2111). If memory serves, that would be a born on date of the 21st week of 2011.

    Its always been stored in a garage,...so no evidence of sun damage/dry cracking.

    Opinions?

    Brian in Austin
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  2. DualDawg

    DualDawg Been here a while Supporter

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    Not me. A lot of folks would, but it’s not worth the personal risk to me to save a couple hundred bucks. (And I’m cheap). Tire rubber often rots from the inside out and by the time you see it, it’s to late. Most tire shops won’t touch a tire beyond a certain date. Won’t even rotate them or put air in them. The last thing I want to do every time I ride is think about the 10-year-old tire I put on the bike and hope it’s going to hold together.
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  3. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    Tires get hard with age, not just heat and UV. I suppose if you plan on nothing but dry straightline riding you could risk it. I wouldn't.
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  4. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I'd ask my self "would I buy such a tire?" That answer is "no"....so I wouldn't use it. What are you going to save to risk it...$100?
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  5. TS888

    TS888 Deer dodger Supporter

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    I would. But I'm me.
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  6. Toytec

    Toytec Old enough to know better, but....

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    I would not use it and would not feel right even selling it.
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  7. MGV8

    MGV8 Long timer Supporter

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    10 years is my limit. But then I'm a risk taker.
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  8. (I^2)R/746

    (I^2)R/746 Rider

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    I would. If it's never been used it's still got the protective coating. Also if it's been stored out of the sun and not at extreme temperatures. Tires sit in warehouses for long periods on a regular basis. There are provisions for this (like the coating). Tossing the tire for no reason other than age is silly. May as well toss all the rubber belts and other bits of the similar kind as long as your at it. Do you own a Ducati? That whole thing with replacing the cam belts every two years has been totally debunked. This is in the same genre. While your at it toss that helmet you have stored in your closet because it's more than 5 years old, too.
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  9. Dijkvaneenjoost

    Dijkvaneenjoost Been here awhile

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    No I would not..
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  10. texas123

    texas123 Been here awhile

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    The question should be has anybody ever had tire failure solely due to the age of tire.
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  11. LAFS

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    I would not spend the money on having it mounted.

    While there is a release mold spry on them that is not a UV protection or an age repellent. And company's have been working to not use release mold spray so tires do not need scrubbed in. There is one company who uses it for sales info.

    Again it may be fine and then the guy mounting it may rip the side wall. Or the belts inside could be compromised from age.

    I do know rubber and other materials can go bad from not being used. I had a very expensive pair of Merrell winter boots that I only wore when it snowed hard. They were kept in a dry, cool basement. I went to put them on last year and both soles just flapped. I called and the women explained that the shoes need to be worn to keep the properties of the material pliable. They replaced them with no issue but I would have never thought a boot could disintegrate from non use over a few years.

    So while it may not relate to the compounds of tires, I would not run a 10 year old tire.
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  12. dcGrizz

    dcGrizz Adventurer

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    I would not use such tire. Saving a few bucks isn't a good enough reason to take the gamble.
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  13. herndonp

    herndonp Metal Knees

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  14. Bill-66

    Bill-66 I don't even know... Supporter

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    Sure..

    Michelin says 7 years tho’ I think..
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  15. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

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    More then likely, perfectly fine.
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  16. JimVonBaden

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    Not on a bike, because I wouldn't ride one with old tires. I did have a blowout in a car with tires that were 15 years old, lots of good looking tread, no cracking. It just delaminated, and before I could sto, blew out. Not nearly as scary as a blowout on a bike.
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  17. TS888

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    Since everyone says it's a bad idea, send it to me. I've made life of bad ideas.
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  18. Lead Wrist

    Lead Wrist Mehr Gelände Weniger Straße

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  19. antariusjp

    antariusjp Large Title Here Supporter

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    I would. No concern what so ever. No it won't be as sticky as it could. No, it won't be like riding on a plastic tire either.

    If you don't want it, ship it to me. Seriously, I'll pay for shipping.
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  20. rg sw wa.

    rg sw wa. Long timer Supporter

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    I would spent the money and buy a new tire.
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