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Looking for some suggestions. While comparing the rear tire on my Nomad and a friends Voyager a friend & I discovered 3 large cracks in it in the left side tread. The tires are Michelin Commander II Motorcycle Tire Cruiser Rear - 180/65-16 with just under 19000 miles on them that I had put on in July 2016 with a manufacture date code for the 1st week on March 2016. I usually keep 36 to 38 psi in it and the bike is garage kept. The tread still looks good except for the cracks. Has anyone else run across this and do I have a valid complaint to go to Micheline with?
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Same tire & miles on my nomad, no cracks or problems & I ride daily. Looks like a defect. Contact Michelin.


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Same tire & miles on my nomad, no cracks or problems & I ride daily. Looks like a defect. Contact Michelin.


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I had the same problem on the rear of my Voyager, bought with them on so I do not know the mileage but I believe around 15k.

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I'm lucky if I can get 12-13,000 on mine before they are worn out! Sometimes I go through two sets a year! Must be the roads where I live, I'm way out in the country in NC and ride everyday. Michelin Commander II's . Looks like yours just got old and the rubber is dried out.
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Sucks but I would not ride on it. Buy a new tire. most likely you have ran over something and not realized it or the damage it did at the time. No matter what you can't complain about 19,000 miles on a motorcycle tire even though it looks like you have good tread left on it.


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Same tire & miles on my nomad, no cracks or problems & I ride daily. Looks like a defect. Contact Michelin.


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Dunno if it is a defect or not but, regardless, I agree it doesn't hurt to ask. Worst that can happen from asking is they say "nothing we can do".

Wouldn't surprise me though if they said it would need to be inspected by a Michelin tire dealer before they can make a decision.

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Michelin will tell you that they do not recommend using that tire on a 1700 Nomad, so they will probably not be willing to do anything, especially with 19,000 miles on the tire.

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Well 19000 miles is great ( I get about 12000) but those shoes should have life left in them. I would contact Michelin. Regardless as to whether they recommend it , it is the correct size and load range. That tire would have done the same on my 1500 Nomad.

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get a tube for your tire, the tube shouldn't leak any air

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