MotoCaribe always strives to offer well-maintained bikes for our guests, and spend a lot of time, effort and money to do it. Anyone who has toured with us know our dedication to maintenance.
I have one bike in our fleet that has been a problem child through no fault of it's own, kinda pilot induced. I usually ride it because of it's history. This time is was a clogged fuel pump filter because of a lot of rust in the fuel tank.
This particular bike had been crashed some time ago and sent to the dealer in Santo Domingo for extensive repairs we didn't want to do ourselves at Camp Moto. The tank had been emptied and left open in their shop for 3 months, and the Caribbean salt air did a real number on it unbeknownst to us. The main rust was in areas we couldn't see. We didn't know we had a problem until some appeared in the fuel filler neck and the bike developed a clogged fuel pump filter.
We looked at options to remove the rust with the pluses and minuses. Vinegar, sheet rock nails, muriatic acid, all manner of store-bought systems, you name it. For numerous reasons, the primary being cost and the science behind it, we chose electrolysis.
Although we've never done anything like this, the process was simple, effective and very cost effective. We had all the materials necessary at Camp Moto. I will say that pressure cleaning the tank after the rust was removed was a huge help.
Here is a video of our experience:
DL650 Fuel Tank Rust Removal with Electrolysis