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post #1 of 16 Old 08-28-2009, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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hello fellow wee riders here in south africa we have very dusty roads almost like powder and i am experiencing excessive build up of dust on the rear wheel so much so that only the valve cap is visible on a long dirtroad hauls.can anyone advise me on how this problem can be rectified and has anyone expirienced the same problem.this eventually interferes with the balancing of the rear wheel making the bike uncomfortable to ride.
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I don't know how far you mean by "long" but could you stop now and then and just lay the bike on it's right side and brush the dirt off? I know this sounds drastic to people who don't face drastic conditions, but it would take me an hour to tell you what it takes to keep a small aircraft flying under like conditions.

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800 km of continuos dirt road
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Dust doesn't build up on a moving object. Mud will (dries to dirt). Wash the durned thing once in awhile.


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hello fellow wee riders here in south africa we have very dusty roads almost like powder and i am experiencing excessive build up of dust on the rear wheel so much so that only the valve cap is visible on a long dirtroad hauls.can anyone advise me on how this problem can be rectified and has anyone expirienced the same problem.this eventually interferes with the balancing of the rear wheel making the bike uncomfortable to ride.
Throw a small brush in your luggage and use it every time you fill up with gas. It will only take a minute to clean the wheels and should prevent an excessive build up.

I live on a gravel road and I'm always cleaning dust off the rear wheel. If I do more than 50 km of dirt it really starts to pile up on the rim. It's easy to clean off when it's dry. If it gets wet, well then it's pain in the ass.


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Dust doesn't build up on a moving object. Mud will (dries to dirt). Wash the durned thing once in awhile.


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Dust does build up on a moving object that can trap it, that is why the wheels are designed differently for a true dirt bike. The wheel cross section is more U shaped and it has lots of small spokes instead of a big hollow hub and 3 hollow spokes, and a nearly flat cross section rim.

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Any way you could strap an "air pig" on the back and use compressed air to assist in the dirt removal. It could then be recharged at the filling stations.

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If the dust is sitting on the surface of the rim (as opposed to inside the "spokes",) then a good layer of wax on the rim might help reduce how much the dust sticks. The was might not eliminate the problem, but it could slow it down and make removing the build up a bit easier. The problem is that the chain lube might still make the wheel sticky regardless of the wax (perhaps a teflon lube would help as well.)

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thanks for all u'r replies, I will in future take a small brush in my toolkit to clean the rear wheel. It is really very irritating when u do long trips on dirt roads and u must stop all the time to clean the wheel when u'r fellow bikers takes a brake. Otherwise it is a brilliant bike, performance wise and in the handling department.
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dustmite; If your going to keep the bike for the long haul you can look into changing out the wheels for dirt bike style. (search this site and adventure rider.) You may also want to have a look at your air filter about every 1000km. too! Just my 2 cents.

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Dust does build up on a moving object that can trap it, that is why the wheels are designed differently for a true dirt bike. The wheel cross section is more U shaped and it has lots of small spokes instead of a big hollow hub and 3 hollow spokes, and a nearly flat cross section rim.
You're right; you've got a point. I was thinking of spoked wheels (don't ask me why) when I replied above in this post.



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