Inspection and dry rot

Discussion in 'Texas Bikers' started by Gary Garber, Feb 29, 2004.

  1. Gary Garber

    Gary Garber Guest

    I recently purchased a 600 Honda Shadow at a good sized dealer in
    north Texas. The bike is a 99 with only 3000 miles (though I've put
    120 on it since purchse). I called the dealership a week after I
    purchased the bike and told my salesman that a friend and I noticed
    dry rot on the front tire. He told me to bring the bike in. The
    service manager did not offer to correct and said that this level of
    dry rot was not a safety issue.

    The dealership did place an inspection sticker on the bike on date of

    Should dry rot (on front and rear tire) prevent the bike from passing
    inspection? I'm quite worried about the safety issue.

    Thanks ahead of time,
    Gary Garber
    Gary Garber, Feb 29, 2004
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    Rob May Guest

    You can always threaten to go to the people that license the inspectors.
    Likely the dealership would rather give you an $80 tire than have to explain
    to the state why they passed a dry rotted tire on a bike they sold.
    Rob May, Mar 1, 2004
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    Brad Felmey Guest

    Just think of it this way - it's your tires starting to split apart.

    Any cracking should prevent being passed for inspection. Tell the dealer to
    either replace the tires or you'll turn them into the state for falsifying
    an inspection.
    Brad Felmey, Mar 1, 2004
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    Bill Walker Guest

    You offer some suggestions without knowing the details of delivery of that
    used motorcycle.. For example "As is".. "limited warranty" and other terms
    of the purchase..How much of the price was negotiated ? How long was the
    motorcycle in stock with the dealer ? The inspector of the motorcycle could
    have merely missed some of the dry rot, due to the wheels positioning.. If
    the buyer wants a new motorcycle, he should buy one and be sure the tires
    are new.. Any time a used vehicle is purchased, the buyer should know that
    he is buying just that.. a used vehicle.. There will surely be some
    inherent changes to be made.. Wear and use of the vehicle doesn't warrant
    the dealer changing tires or other accessories at his own expense.. I
    recently replaced the front tire on my Vulcan within a month of inspection..
    The tire had some dry rot.. I am not a dealers' advocate, but right is right
    and wrong is wrong..

    Bill Walker
    Irving, Tx.
    Bill Walker, Mar 1, 2004
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    Bownse Guest

    As a sidenote, I just returned tonight from Orlando (actually, Altamone
    What? No Triumphs, Ducatis, Aprillias, or Cagivas?
    Bownse, Mar 3, 2004
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