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bad news from inspector

I took my bike to get inspected for the first time (long battle with the state about the title being of road) and the guy told me I'll need a rear tire before he'll consider doing an inspection. Is it really that bad? I knew it had a flat spot when I bought it with 1200 miles and now it has just over 3000.

That's gotta be record speed for even the crappy stock tires to wear out! Or was the inspection guy just a stickler?
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Those tires are toast....

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the guy I bought it from was a pretty big dude... he was taxing those tires for every one of those 1200 miles.

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I've got some PR4s coming in soon, my expectations are pretty high thanks to you guys.

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Yea, those tires are roasted!!

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Yeah, I would say you need tires... you have a death wish?
Edit: I moderated my comment somewhat. You will be pleased with new tires after riding on those. I have PR4's and love them. Tires are such a personal choice and your specific riding conditions and choices are unique.

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No death wish, just cheap. I wanted to milk the stock tires for all they're worth. Which was less than I thought...

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misleading

change them. after they are changed, ask to see them and poke your finger in the centre of the worn area, you will be shocked as to how thin and soft it will be. I went on a short trip (50 miles away or so) when my first set were almost shot like that. I noticed a tiny bit of tread lifting in the centre at my destination, limped it back and by the time I got home, there was cords showing about a third of the way around the tire. Spooked me bigtime.
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Yup, you need new ones.

Is it me or does it see like one side is more worn than the other? On the front.

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Is it me or does it see like one side is more worn than the other? On the front.
I noticed that as well. I had a front tire on a VTX1300 do the same thing.
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That is a good inspector. You should thank him for looking out for your safety, those tires are done.
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Mine look like that after 8,000 miles. Figure I have another 1,000 in 'em.
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Inspector?

Man should have the right to kill himself if he chooses!

Sometimes in the grooves are cracks, thats what happen to mine. Best change those up. MPR4's are awesome.

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heavy load, heavy throttle and heavy braking. Not much turning though.

Pretty sad when the Government has to tell you it is time to change tires. Glad I have never lived where there are inspections. I learned to keep track of maintenance items on my own.

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The stockers are such rubbish it makes this all the worse. I didn't know how much I hated the oems until I replaced them (michelin pr2s ). I think he definitely did you a favor. There's nothing wrong with frugality, but better places than your tires to find it. Do you do your own maintenance? That can save you a ton if not. My frugality overcame my laziness with this bike and it's been a lot of fun to work on so far.


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