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PostSubject: Questions on proper care?   Mon Apr 06, 2009 11:43 am

So I live in an apartment and my bike has to sit outside with a cover over it, no garage. Can someone give me some advice on how to keep it rust free and looking good. Please be specific, what you would use and how to apply. Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Questions on proper care?   Mon Apr 06, 2009 11:53 am

I think Mark is the perfect person to give you a perfect answer.... wink

Oh... just in case you don't know Mark yet... just look out for a little blue head on the left wink

Basically the WR is hard to rust I think... if you have an aftermarket exhaust system, try to spray a layer of WD40 onto the header and let it try after rain/wash... that's how I maintain my Delta header

In I am in a good mood, I will apply silicone to the plastics to keep them shine... but that don't happen too often now since I had some war scars on my X GAHHHH
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PostSubject: Re: Questions on proper care?   Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:55 pm

I don't have a garage either, so I keep mine in the house. No wife to bitch at me, so I can get away with it. Very happy

The plastics are easy. I use Pledge furniture polish on them. Keeps a nice shine and beads the water. Plus it has that lemony fresh scent which hides the fuel smell when the ladies stop by to visit. wink On the painted parts I wouldn't worry too much about them since you have it covered. They won't rust and a lot of the parts are made of aluminum anyhow. Steel parts like nuts and bolts and the chain and rotors will need some care to keep them from rusting out in the elements. Even if the bike is covered the humidity will get to them eventually. I have taken a few of the small brackets off the bike and painted them to keep them looking good and prevent the rust. Stuff like the rear master cylinder bracket, reflector brackets and the brackets that hold the guides for the front brake hose. Keep your chain lubed (as you should be anyway) and it will not rust. Some of the nuts and bolts are chrome plated so they should last a while outside. The rest of the stuff you can spray with a good quality silicone spray and wipe off the overspray. Yamaha makes a good heavy silicone spray that I use on saltwater marine engines. Works good for preventing corrosion and rust. A lot of cheap Wally World brand silicones are too watered down to hold up for long. The Yamaha silicone goes on heavier and lasts longer.

Yamaha silicone spray

WD-40, CRC and the like are good for some things but don't use it on rubber or plastic parts. Eventually it will eat into the rubber and expand and soften it into a messy goo. WD-40 is a petroleum product, not good for rubber and plastic (including the wiring). Silicone won't hurt the rubber parts. Another good thing to do is to get some dielectric grease and coat the battery terminals and inside of all the electrical connectors.

The main thing is to not put the bike away while it's still wet. If you cover it when it's wet you are increasing the chances of rust to develop. I know this is not always feasable but try to dry the bike real good before covering it. Compressed air is good to blow water out of the little nooks and crannies that you can't reach with a towel. I have a compressor at home but a small portable air tank would be enough to let you blow out the hard to reach areas, then hit the rest with the towel. Rust and corrosion are hard to stop, so all you can do is slow it down the best you can by keeping the bike as dry as possible.

Of course there is an alternative to my method. You could take the SheWolf route and keep your bike encased in mud to protect it from the elements. poser2

J/K Wolfie!
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PostSubject: Re: Questions on proper care?   Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:13 pm

Thanks guys. I'm just really learning how to properly care for a bike, so I'm very thankful for your help. The rotors are my main concern because that is where I see small spots of rust poping up.
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PostSubject: Re: Questions on proper care?   Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:58 pm

Hey, it's got its own little cocoon. thumb I have mine outside under a carport, with the cover off my 600. I wash it with Kleen-Flo truck wash, have all kinds of little brushes and cloths just for the R². I then spray the plastics with Honda polish, which eliminates static and dust, and doesn't leave an ugly film. Ditto with the silicone spray on the other stuff. Throw on some Motul chain lubee-dube. Dielectric grease works great as Mark said, and will save your terminals an connections. For cleaning the chain I use Brake-Kleen; it doesn't kill the o-rings and gets all of the junk out and I have a chain scrubber. I use 303 on the seat. Keeps it supple and doesn't give you that ugly slip like Armor-All does. I never use that shit anyway, it kills vinyl after a while. deal

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