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The exact time you’ll need to replace your tires depends on a variety of factors, including:
- The type of tire and the brand.
- How often you ride.
- The tire pressure.
- Weather conditions and temperatures.
- Road conditions.
- How you ride (speed, cornering, braking, etc.)
However, there are some universal rules you can use to help determine if it’s time for some new rubber.
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How Old Can Motorcycle Tires be and Still be Safe?
Different tire manufacturers will have slightly different guidelines, but as a rule of thumb, motorcycle tires typically last for up to 5 to 6 years.
After this point the tires will likely start showing signs of wear and damage as the rubber in the tire begins to break down.
You can check when your tire was manufactured by looking at the 4-digit code on the sidewall. This will include the week and year of production.
How Many Miles do Motorcycle Tires Last?
Front and rear tires wear down at different rates as you ride.
On average, front tires will last about 3,700 miles or so.
Rear tires will typically need to be replaced after about 1,800 miles.
When to Replace your Motorcycle Tires
In addition to the guidelines above, you should replace your motorcycle tires if:
- The thread is less that 1/32″ to 2/32″ deep.
- There are any cracks or rips in the tire.
- There are any punctures in the tire.
- There are bulges or bubbles in the tire.
You can help your tires last as long as possible by maintaining the proper PSI.