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    Yet ANOTHER tire story to pucker your seat....

    OK, for those who have not read my posts on my K75, I purchased this beast as a Craigslist special and have been slowly bringing her back from the dead.

    I have had the bike titled and running for the past month, and have probably logged around 1K miles so far.

    So I knew given the tiny history of the bike I did learn, it was time to replace the tires.

    Today is Sept. the 6th 2018.


    Does anyone see a problem here?

    date.jpg



    There are cracks on the surface of the tire




    cracks.jpg


    and when I pulled it off the rim, thick heavy and sticky black peeling rubber like residue on the bead seat of the rim.

    The rim had already been cleaned with a washcloth with more to go.




    rim.jpg


    me thinks there was a reason WHY God told me to ride home today and start the tires.

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    Kind of surprised you would put 1000 miles on tires that look like that.
    Good luck with the new sneakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmdualexhaust View Post
    Kind of surprised you would put 1000 miles on tires that look like that.
    Good luck with the new sneakers.
    no kidding. i would not roll a bike down a driveway with tires that old or looked like that! seriously dangerous.
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    The real question should be.....Do YOU see a problem here??? Good on you for asking.

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    They're at that awkward age, old enough to vote but not old enough to drink.
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    ROFLMAO!!!!!

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    That looks like a serious case of dry rot.

    Don't start them - replace them.

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    I read that as the 49th week of 1999. They went to 4 digits in 2000. So 18-1/2 year old tire.
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    Is that an old Touring Elite ll?
    On the front of a K75 or R80 they could last nearly 20k.
    Also had them on a K1100lt and they really tightened up the handling.
    -I just wanna ride on my motor sickle-

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    So I finally got the front tire on.
    Had to use the starter fluid method to seat the bead and wasn't happy about that.
    But it worked.

    Now the rear. But, looking at the drum, it defiantly needs replacement. But not sure how to proceed on that.


    The rear was a newer tire though. It was only produced in 2009. Oh and the actual date stamp says 409. No 0409.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wbrownell9 View Post
    They're at that awkward age, old enough to vote but not old enough to drink.
    Classic

    Thanks for the laugh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    I read that as the 49th week of 1999. They went to 4 digits in 2000. So 18-1/2 year old tire.
    I read it as 4th week of 99, then read your post, good heads up on the change

    thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by brownie0486 View Post
    I read it as 4th week of 99, then read your post, good heads up on the change

    thanks
    Pretty sure it was a two digit week, and a one digit year on the earlier rubber. Another reason they went to the 4 digit date code because the decade was not obvious. So it could be any decade ending with a 9. '59....'69...'79 and so on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poorub View Post
    Pretty sure it was a two digit week, and a one digit year on the earlier rubber. Another reason they went to the 4 digit date code because the decade was not obvious. So it could be any decade ending with a 9. '59....'69...'79 and so on.
    Indeed - 49th week; 1999 or 1989
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