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> Tires...RedSmoke reports- XL1200R sit-rep, ten year old tires...Oy !
RedSmoke
post Apr 24 2014, 07:17 PM
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BIKE: XL1200R 1200 Roadster
YEAR: 2004
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Well my day wasn't as bad as Screwball's (IMG:style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif) but I did spend some time eyeballing my newly acquired 2004 XL1200R.

Tires, your life is riding on them. The front tire looked unworn, no stoppies I figured. The rear tire had a 3" flat spot 360 around. I check the manufacture's dating on both and found they were made in 2004. Over to Amazon, found new OEM Dunlops $250 for the pair, free shipping.

Although the local independent HD shop ok'ed the rubber...'good enough for government work' is not ok when I'm betting my life. Fuckoled this is boring....

Ride safe, Frenchy
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EZGlider
post Apr 24 2014, 07:55 PM
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Buck
post Apr 25 2014, 07:51 AM
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QUOTE(RedSmoke @ Apr 24 2014, 07:17 PM) *
. The front tire looked unworn, no stoppies I figured. The rear tire had a 3" flat spot 360 around..


Sounds completely normal for a Harley after 7900 miles. General rule of thumb with Harleys, is new front tire every two new rears. Classic signs of a single rider, aggressive starts and too much rear brake. If rubber was without dryrot and rear tread was sill above wear bars, you should have been good for a while, unless you had a 3000 mile trip planned.
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RedSmoke
post Apr 26 2014, 12:40 AM
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YEAR: 2004
MILES: 7900



QUOTE(Buck @ Apr 25 2014, 08:51 AM) *
Sounds completely normal for a Harley after 7900 miles. General rule of thumb with Harleys, is new front tire every two new rears. Classic signs of a single rider, aggressive starts and too much rear brake. If rubber was without dryrot and rear tread was sill above wear bars, you should have been good for a while, unless you had a 3000 mile trip planned.


Appreciate that observation Buck. For me, new rubber on a ten year old bike is simply a handling and safety baseline, so I can fully concentrate at the task in hand, breathing

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