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Is is safe to ride on a cupped front tire? The tire is an original Bridgestone with 18,000 miles on it. It still has lots of tread left. Bike is a 2012 exec
 

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Shouldn't be a problem. Check your air pressure but 18,000 miles from a front tire is great.!!
 

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It is most likely actually scalloped rather than cupped, and this is normal wear for any higher mileage motorcycle tire front or rear. Ride on it until the wear bars show; or more properly until just before the wear bars show; and then replace it...
 

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By all means, continue riding on your worn-out tire. When it blows you can tell us how lucky you were, assuming you survive.

I look at it this way: there are two tires, only two tires, that keep me from becoming a smear on the road. I don't want to become a smear on the road, so I make sure that my tires are good. If I have doubts, I replace them. I hate to spend the money on them, especially when they are 'not quite' marginal, but I'd rather pay $300 to replace old tires than spend a fortune on wheelchairs over the rest of my life.

You can call me chickenshit. I don't mind.

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Scott Fraser
 

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18,000 miles on a tire..??????????? YIKES!!!!! Break down and replace them before all **** breaks loose at 60 MPH.......
 
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