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post #1 of 15 Old 11-02-2013, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Dealing with salt in the winter

In the past I never planned to keep a bike long enough the salt would matter if I rode on any of the good days I might have in the winter.

However I'm a little more invested in my V-strom and want to keep it for an unknown amount of time. I also don't want to give up those random winter rides where I can be on dry/wet roads yet still have snow all around me without worrying about ice. Is there anyway at all to deal with the salt? Besides moving to somewhere that uses sand or doesn't get any snow at all.
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In the past I never planned to keep a bike long enough the salt would matter if I rode on any of the good days I might have in the winter.

However I'm a little more invested in my V-strom and want to keep it for an unknown amount of time. I also don't want to give up those random winter rides where I can be on dry/wet roads yet still have snow all around me without worrying about ice. Is there anyway at all to deal with the salt? Besides moving to somewhere that uses sand or doesn't get any snow at all.
Waht pat of Canada are you in? I ride a fair amount on salted roads. Right now my normal commuter roads are getting brined and I expect that will be the norm until next march or so.

I have mainly ignored it with no issues on my 2006. My 2012 has a speck of rust on the handlebar where a scrape exposed bare metal. Otherwise no factory parts on either of my bikes have rusted but some aftermarket parts have on the surface.

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Waht pat of Canada are you in? I ride a fair amount on salted roads. Right now my normal commuter roads are getting brined and I expect that will be the norm until next march or so.

I have mainly ignored it with no issues on my 2006. My 2012 has a speck of rust on the handlebar where a scrape exposed bare metal. Otherwise no factory parts on either of my bikes have rusted but some aftermarket parts have on the surface.

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Southern Ontario. I've ignored it in the past as well, but so many people keep 'warning' me about the salt when I go out on rides in the winter.
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One time a few winters ago heading north on the 400 after 8pm I came across a truck that was putting Brine (salt/water solution) on the Highway. He was going very slow so I really couldn't just stay back from him. I had to pass him or risk getting rear-ended. When I went by I got completely soaked in the Brine solutionl The worst part was that it got on my faceshield and my gloves. When I wiped of my faceshield it immediately hazed up so I had to keep doing that. It was below freezing so I had no (unfrozen) water with me. I had about 30 minutes of riding after that to get home so it was a real pain. The bike didn't show any ill effects after that though.

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My solution is to use my DR650 for salted roads and the freeway flyer - currently my Wee - for when the crap is off the roads. My DR650 died this past Friday, but has minimal rust, so like others mentioned yours may not have a problem with the salt. The real cosmetic problem on my DR was UV fade due to sun exposure. There's a product called wipe clean, it seems to work to a degree, may try that on my deceased DR to see if it works. Picking up a clean '09 to replace her in a couple days.
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There's a guy here who rides year-round and had a slight problem with his wiring harness. I think is name might be Randyo.

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There's a guy here who rides year-round and had a slight problem with his wiring harness. I think is name might be Randyo.
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Year-round rider here. Ni signs of corrosion on any of the bikes. I just give them a quick tamp-rag cleanup once a week or so.



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Year round rider here too for the past 10 or so years and in Southern Ontario as well. I've never had an issue with salt. Ride it, enjoy it. And sometimes wash it.

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You can use some corrosion inhibitors like I will be using. I will ride all winter in the snow and salt.

I am applying Boeshield on the chain, spraying CRC corrosion inhibitor (marine and tests very well) on exposed and unpainted metal.

My TW200 will see much of the duty so spokes etc will all be sprayed down in preparation.

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