After 14K, all excited to get new tires on my scoot. Decided on Michelin Commander II F/R tires and figured I'd be prepared and maybe save a buck by getting the tires at Motorcycle Superstore (MCSS). Went to the HD Dealer today with the tires and they advised me that the date code on the tires indicated that they were made 5 years ago. After debating whether to put them on or not, I decided not and had HD order the same tires from their vendor for a bit more $$. Taking a HOG ride out to Daytona this weekend on the OEM tires, which are just about shot and humming through the sweeping turns, and and will get the new Commanders on in a week or so. Just sent the 5 year old Commander IIs back to MCSS and lesson learned. Would they have been safe, probably. But on two wheels probably isn't good enough. Maybe this will help someone else with tire manufacture date awareness. Glide on!