Goodyear "something's" on my '71 Sportster. Since my brother had a set of old tires on the '58 Duo-Glide he bought, just sitting in the attic, that's what I put on the Sporty after the rear blew.
Nah, it was round, black and was free. We didn't have money so we just re-used tires over and over.
LOL. Almost the same experience. I Put a pair of GYs on my '71 /5 as payment for doing a few tune ups at my Bros motorcycle shop back in the late 70's. They were new overage tires but had cool looking white walls to match the pin stripe fenders. That lasted about a month when I went down on a wet street as they were like riding on ice w/o studded tires.
Learned literally the hard way about buying fresh rubber!
ahh, yes Paul, Further along I bought a new '93 R100RT. Gorgeous bike in red. I ran Dunlop 491's (due to their high mileage reputation) once and while riding to a club breakfast in the pouring rain one morning, discovered why wet grip is sort of important.
On the freeway, doing about 70, I changed lanes and as both tires hit the tar strips between the lane, the bike went into a tank slapper and the rear wheel broke free and the engine revved to 8 grand!
Luckily it only lasted a second, and I did stay up but lesson learned.
I ride the same road with PR4's now, often in even worse weather and think about it each time I change lanes. So far, only those old Dunlop's ever did that to me.