I noticed today my rear Shinko is almost down to the wear bars so it's not going to get me through the rest of this riding season.
I've got a "new" Kenda 761 I got a deal on a couple of years ago sitting in the basement and was thinking about just putting it on for the rest of the year. It's a tad "street-oriented" for me, but it should get me around where I need to go as long as I remember it's back there.
It's never been used or mounted and has been kept in my climate-controlled and dry basement for the past couple of years. It still looks and feels like new.
I've tried to give it away on here a couple of times and had relegated it to kind of a backup emergency rear, always opting for another Shinko 244 rear instead of mounting the Kenda.
I don't see any reason it wouldn't be safe to use. Anybody think it would be unsafe?
I think I "read somewhere" you shouldn't use a tire that's been sitting around for a couple of years, but that seems kind of far-fetched to me. I could see that reasoning if the thing had been exposed to wide swings in temperature, humidity, etc. but this one hasn't.
If I don't use it now, I'll probably just wind up throwing it in the trash because I'm getting tired of looking at it.
I really can't imagine there aren't tires in any given motorcycle shop that haven't been sitting back in the warehouse racks for a couple of years before somebody wants them and they put them on, but maybe I'm wrong.
Edit: Found this date stamp on the tire that shows it was made in the 31st week of 2011 so the tire is basically 3 years old. I would project that it will most likely stay mounted on my KLR until next Spring, so say 5-6 months of riding, maybe 2000-3000 miles tops since I don't commute regularly any more; mostly just joyriding. For the record, the little specks on the tire are sawdust. Even though it was still enshrouded in its original plastic shipping wrap, it's been sitting right behind my chop saw for all this time.