Motorcycle tire dating
Checking your tires’s DOT Date Code will tell you when they were made and how long they may have been stored.
Properly stored tires that are protected from the elements and not mounted on a wheel age very slowly.
No matter how old the tires are when you buy them, the most important aspect of tire safety is regular maintenance and inspection.
According to The Rubber Manufacturer’s Association of America: .
There are strict industry standards for tire storage that apply to tire manufacturers, distributors and tire retailers.
Tires must protect the tires from UV rays or excessively high temperatures.
If for any reason you are uncomfortable with the age or your tires after looking at the DOT Date code, please call us and we can quickly aid you with a return under our 45 day return policy.
The concern is usually that tires may have sat in a warehouse for years, and the rubber has degraded in some way.
We recommend: All tires (including spare tires) that were manufactured more than ten years ago should be replaced with new tires, even if they appear to be usable from their external appearance and if the tread depth may have not reached the minimum wear out depth.
To find your tires age you need to find the DOT Date Code on the tire. Look for 4 numbers together, often enclosed in a raised oval.
Tires on most vehicles that are used regularly are likely going to be removed from service due to tread wear out before any conditions associated with tire age.
While it is impossible to predict when tires should be replaced based on tire age alone, the structural components of your tires simply don’t degrade quickly when used regularly and maintained at the correct air pressure.
The tread rubber however, is used up with every mile travelled.