You’re finally in the market to buy a new pair of tyres! You go to your local dealer and he offers you a Titan tyre…at 70% off! It feels too good to be true! Well, that’s because it is. If a local dealer is offering you that deal, then it’s probably because they have something to hide. Most likely that the tyre is extremely out of date.
Don’t know how to check that? Let us tell you! Look at the sidewall of the tyre; you should see a couple of numbers and figures, e.g. DOT H2LF YA97 1215. Here, the only numbers that matter are 1215. Here’s how to read those numbers:
- “12” means the tyre was manufactured at the start of the year
- Numbers 1-20 are at the beginning of the year
- Numbers 21- 30 are in the middle of the year
- Numbers 31-52 are at the end of the year
- “15” means the year 2015
So, the Titan tyre that you’re looking at so fondly was actually manufactured 7 and a half years ago! No one in their right mind would purchase a tyre THAT old! If you’re wondering why, here’s why using old tyres is a bad idea.
- It’s probably degraded on the inside
You might be thinking “but the tyre looks to be in good condition”. Yeah, it probably looks great on the exterior! But we can assure you that inside, the rubber has already degraded and there is probably mold on the inside. That tyre will not last and you’ll be back at that same dealer a few months later looking for a new tyre.
- It’s dangerous
Referring back to the degraded rubber and moldy insides – these issues won’t just force you to change your tyre. They can also be incredibly dangerous for you and others around you. When driving at high speeds, the tyre has a high probability of exploding and seriously injuring you and those around you
- It’s unsustainable
Tyre pressure. Tread quality. All of these degrade over time. With an old tyre, these are likely to degrade even faster. So unless you want to be checking your bike for punctures and filling up their air every few weeks, using an old tyre isn’t a good idea
- Old tyres can’t withstand impact
Let’s be honest – Pakistani roads aren’t the best. From poor sewer systems to a multitude of holes in our roads, strong tyres are a requirement when riding through the streets of Pakistan. Old tyres just can’t withstand that kind of impact, which can result in your motorcycle getting badly stuck where a newer tyre wouldn’t have.
- They’re probably used
If the dealer you’re going to isn’t registered, it’s very possible that he’s selling you a used tyre. One that probably already has a multitude of problems ranging from punctures to worn out treads. Don’t make the mistake of buying someone else’s used tyres – it’s always preferable to spend a little more and buy one of your own.
So next time you visit your local dealer, make sure to check the tyre date so you’re not buying a used tyre. Or better yet, save yourself the headache and buy one on diamondtyres.com. All tyres sold were made within the previous 3 months!