I recently had a reputable local bike shop install a Dunlop Elite III (160/80 x 16) rear tire on my 1997 SE 1500 Goldwing. When I was cleaning it up at home that evening I noticed the date on the tire was (2309). This means the tire is about 1-1/2 years old. Is there a shelf life to this tire and if so, does anynoe know what it is? Will it last for three more years and go the expected 15,000 miles? Also, some of the lettering on the left side of tyhe tire is strange. Each letter has a shinny area right below it. It almost looks like a letters in a 3-D effect from a couple of feet. I could really see this after I polished the tire with Amoral. Is this tire ok? Or did I get a "blimp" tire, one that is considered a factory reject, but still road worthy? Or not road worthy? The tire is perfect on the road at highway speeds and around town. I am pleased with the tire as far as the handing is concerned. It also rolls straight, too after checking it out on the center-stand. I am asking these questions because I would like to be assured this Dunlop tire is safe and will last a few yesrs and still be safe with proper care. Any advice would be greatly appeciated. Thanks.