I just had a michelin commander II put on the rear of my 9, the next day i was cleaning some grease off the rim where the mechanic must have touched it and happened to glance over at the vin number on this brand new tire. The lasr two digits are 09', woops, i just bought a brand new 6 year old tire. I never thought to look at it before i drove it home, but apparently the guy who sold it to me nor the mechanic that balanced and mounted it did not either, and it is incumbant on them to do so, we expect to get a 'new' tire when we buy one. I called the dealer, where i have bought two bikes in the past, and gotten a number of satisfied services there, they are ordering a 'new' tire and will replace this one when it comes in. Just an FYI....ride on..