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Tires(rubber) have a shelf life, just like all the rubber parts on your bike, and even your HELMET! Sunlight, humidity, temperature, salt, all contribute to how fast or slow. Hell even condoms have a shelf life! But like wibbly said, motorcycles as of this date are resilient, but that doesn't mean it isn't something to consider. I'm speaking more towards the not-so-obvious, unlike chain and sprocket wear. But if we want to go there, chain and sprocket wear can be a GREAT indicator on how the bike was maintained!
Rusted chain is a negative, kinked links is another negative (meaning chain not maintained). Shark finned rear sprocket, not so much, but means the owner was aggressive in riding.
Furthermore, no matter what bike you get, if the chain looks good, check the master link! You want a riveted master link, and it should not bind when mashing it up and down. If you have a chain with the "clip" immediately figure in the cost of a new master link, and/or a new chain w/master link and sprockets!
Last edited by Axel Nut; 10-23-2018 at 02:51 AM.