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post #1 of 16 Old 11-06-2013, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Winter riding?

So I recently got my V-Strom and I do not intend on putting it away for the winter.
Being near major highways and a major metropolitan area, the roads get plowed well. Unfortunately, they also get salted.

What can I do to protect my V-Strom from corrosion?
I've heard that the older version suffered from corrosion problems. Do the newer units have any protective coating?
Is there anything I should avoid spraying with water when I rinse/wash it down?

If it's above freezing and there's no danger of black ice, I'm thinking I can ride.

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It's not just black ice, it's frost (white/grey ice) you have to look for.

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I've been considering moving to the northeast, and this will definitely be the hardest part for me. It's still 80 degrees out here in San Diego midday!
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Here's a thread on winter corrosion problems.

https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...worries-2.html

My DR650 which died last Friday after 69,833 miles was ridden year round and I had corrosion on brake calipers and some fasteners. The UV damage to the plastic was much more visible. It seems leaving it parked in the sun during work uglied it up more than salted roads.
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Wet roads with brine/salt is the issue, no problem if dry. I do nothing special, and have not a single visible bit of rust on any bike I have owned.

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I ride all winter. So far, the only rust have is on my Happy Trails center stand hardware.
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So I recently got my V-Strom and I do not intend on putting it away for the winter.
Being near major highways and a major metropolitan area, the roads get plowed well. Unfortunately, they also get salted.

What can I do to protect my V-Strom from corrosion?
I've heard that the older version suffered from corrosion problems. Do the newer units have any protective coating?
Is there anything I should avoid spraying with water when I rinse/wash it down?

If it's above freezing and there's no danger of black ice, I'm thinking I can ride.
I pretty much ride unless there is snow or ice on the roads. Our roads up here have been brined on and off for the last few weeks. I have never seen any issues with rust on factory parts. Some of my aftermarket parts get some surface rust on occasion.

As far as black ice goes be aware it is most likely going to happen when the air temperature is above freezing and the road surface is below freezing. The mosture in the air freezes on cold surfaces causing the ice. Whne you hit it you just have to try and relax and be very gentle as there isn't much traction at all.

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I've been considering moving to the northeast, and this will definitely be the hardest part for me. It's still 80 degrees out here in San Diego midday!
The leaves are off the trees here and the wood stove is on. Want to trade??
Seriously, if you like riding, you don't want to move here, unless by the northeast you mean Deleware.... Trust me.


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One recommendation would be to get a fenda extenda to reduce the amount of crud reaches the center stand and other under parts.
Another is to use "wheel keep clean" from Wally's World. Put it on after cleaning the wheels. Not only does it make cleaning the wheels a snap, I don't see why it wouldn't help with the hinge points on the center stand and general brine and grime resistance of the under parts while you've got it out.
Don't use water to wash the bike unless its mild enough out to dry the bike completely before it freezes again...


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ACF-50 is good to spray all over the underside if you deal with a lot of slush and salt. I ride all winter and use it. hard part is finding it. try aviation retailers.

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