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It's time to put new rubber on my 13 RGU. Looking at getting them through an online retailer, Jake Wilson or JP Cycles. Can anybody tell me what the average age of tires are from these places. My independent shop says they won't install if over 2 yrs old. Thanks.
 

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It's time to put new rubber on my 13 RGU. Looking at getting them through an online retailer, Jake Wilson or JP Cycles. Can anybody tell me what the average age of tires are from these places. My independent shop says they won't install if over 2 yrs old. Thanks.
I think I'd look for another shop. That may sound reasonable, but if your indy sell tires as well as just mounts them, I'd bet they have tires older than 2 years on the shelf. This just sounds like a marketing ploy to me. I could be wrong, but think about it.... Sorry dude, those tires are over 2 years old, we won't mount 'em here but we'll sell ya a set that was just made yesterday! While it's true that there is some degradation to a tire that is stored on the shelf, I doubt it's sufficient to render them unsafe, which should be the only reason fro a shop to refuse to mount them.
 

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You can always call the supplier and ask them to check the date code on the tires you will be purchasing. I wouldn't have an issue with any tires 2 years or newer. Anything older than that I myself would look around a bit. Not saying tires that are 2-3 years old are bad but with so many purchasing options you should be able to find fairly new tires.

Here is a good read on tire codes and the meanings behind them.
http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/riding/street/resources/tiredesignations.aspx
 

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That's what kills me, "you need to be careful buying tires online, you don't know how old they are but we can order some through "our" distributor. LOL. I'll just call around to get the mfg date on the tires and go from there. Thanks for the responses.
 

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I would venture to guess that most any reputable online dealer is moving enough tires , that they do not stock or ship tires that are more than a few months old ..

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I wouldn't buy tires that are two years old. Go to someone who sells enough tires which enables their inventory to remain fresh; tires should be just a few months old. The Indy is giving you some good guidance in not buying/installing two year old tires given that newer tires are available.
 

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I just bought some Dunlop American Elites this morning at JP Cycles in Anamosa, IA. I checked the dates when the stock girl brought them up to the show room and both front and rear had a date code of 1015, so just manufactured the 10th week of 2015. They assured me that they turn tires fast enough that their inventory never gets over 2-3 months old at the most.
Great price currently on the American Elites and Dunlop has a $50 rebate until the end of April when you buy a pair.
 

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Sounds like some BS. Most indys order from pretty much the same online suppliers that we can order from - they just get them cheaper than we do so they can mark them up. Unless it's an oddball size, most major retailers are going to move enough rubber that they won't be anywhere near 2 years old.
 

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I just bought some Dunlop American Elites this morning at JP Cycles in Anamosa, IA. I checked the dates when the stock girl brought them up to the show room and both front and rear had a date code of 1015, so just manufactured the 10th week of 2015. They assured me that they turn tires fast enough that their inventory never gets over 2-3 months old at the most.
Great price currently on the American Elites and Dunlop has a $50 rebate until the end of April when you buy a pair.
Thanks for that info.
 
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