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Old 7 Sep 2010
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Smile How Long Can I Drive My Tire When Profile Has Gone

Hi Everybody!

I am on a trip along the panamerican road from Alaska to Fireland.

Can you tell me your experience, if the profile of your tire has gone.
How long can I drive again?

Only if I can get in such a situation no new tire..

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As long as there is rubber on it and the construction threads are not showing!

There will no doubt be a law regarding the minimum tread depth, and it'll handle like a pig on rollerskates long before you wear the tread off though.
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Just replaced my rear scorpion,
Had run the profile flat and was starting to get a bit slippy. The profile itself was very thin and wouldn't take too much to damage the tube.

The threads weren't showing but it wouldn't have taken too many more miles for them to bare through.
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You can usually run a tyre to the canvas (although not recommmended, see the fine print). Just look at any car, truck, bus or auto-rickshaw in India!! You might even be able to get a re-tread (although it can be more dangerous then is worth the effort).

I would be making sure if I was you to carry a good puncture repair kit and electric pump for the inevitable punctures. It would be prudent to have an inner tube as well.

Expect as the others said, slippery ride I wouldn't recommend you ride long without tread and try to avoid riding in the rain or when the road is wet.
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Mike, there's plenty of life left in them tyres, i change mine when the white starts showing through, an old saying, if they have air in em keep going, take a look at any South American bus. Skip
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Tires are cheap in Central and South America, go to a motorcycle shop and ask for some, they will come on the bus in a day or two, spend the time meeting women of the country.

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MikeS-there is still plenty of rubber on these tires
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In the dry, it's less risky although still pretty stupid. Many modern tyres have the rubber on in layers. The stuff next to the canvas has nowhere near the grip of the out layer.

Hinddsight is a wonderful thing, but a bit of forward planning stops you getting into these situations. Then again, I've ridden 500 miles with a 3" slash in my tyre but really had no other option but walk.

In the wet, you can ride on it until you end up a mangled mess under a truck or wrapped around a tree. Worth the risk ???
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Tire are cheaper than skin so if you can change it do it before you need it. during strong braking you can get in pretty bad situation with bold tires , I did reverse my TKC80 once or twice because I couldn't find tires that fit ,but as a rule I like to change them early .

What about your brake pad to you use them until they fell of the bike .

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