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post #1 of 2 Old 11-05-2018, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Winter care

So I live in NYC I and ride year round, if it's above freezing. Sadly I used to have a garage at work to keep in our if the elements, but no longer have that job. Any extra maintenance to do if I am leaving her outside in the cold all year. I will pay for a garage once snow starts and salt comes, but barring that she is outside. Like normally I use a Dupont wax lube on the chain would it make sense to switch to a thicker oil based lube? Should I cover? Normally I leave naked all summer regardless of weather, but she's ridden 5 days a week vs now prob 1-2x a week. Even motorcycle storage in NYC would cost about 150 a month....
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As long as you wash any salt off quickly you should be fine. I'd stick with a wax based lube but the most important thing is to lube it after exposure to moisture.

Before winter, I would take the opportunity to grease anything that moves - in particular brake slide pins (with real brake grease) and the controls / linkages. As well as clean any electrical connections before the bad weather sets in. Any switches, molex connectors that could take on brine.

You could use an anti-corrosive like ACF50 as well on exposed vulnerable surfaces.
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