So I noticed my front tire looks odd to me. I searched a bit online and didn't turn up much. I saw one thread where the guy seemed to see the same thing I did on his Bridgestone Battlax BT 020F. Link: https://www.bmwlt.com/forums/tires/6...e-problem.html
He talked to a guy at a shop who was "locally famed BMW specialist" (lol), and claimed it was safe, and he'd seen it before.
I'm not sure what to make of all that.
In any case, I saw my front tire today, and went home to order new tires. They only have ~6300 miles on them, but they are stock. As in, from 2008, as I bought it new in 2009. I realized they had to be manufactured some time before that, and looked online for the date markings, but could only find info about US, DOT tires. The tires on my bike were made in japan.
The only markings I saw, other than the size, were:
Front: E4 75R-0003251 and 020F K0301
Rear: E4 75R-0003250 and 020RZ T0301
Does the last part mean they were made in the 3rd month of 2001????? If so, holy....my tires are seven...teen...years...old????
Does anyone know if this is right?
FWIW, I have ordered and will have installed on 3Aug new front and back Metzelers, 888 Marathon Ultras of the same size as stock. I did that because even if I'm wrong about the manufacture date, the current tires are AT LEAST 10 yrs old. So yeah, time for new ones.