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02-10-2018 07:29 AM
philthunder Ah Mr Happy Red Lead days are long gone, we are left with water based primers, PC correct what next!
Last summer 6 of us were in a hotel at Minehead. It blew a gale all weekend, being close to the beach salt and sand was blown all over the bikes. After a wash down when we returned, the bike sitting in a humid garage suffered similar corrosion. My pals all suffered the same problem, Honda BMW Yamaha. After further washes and some WD40/ACF50 worked in with a toothbrush all was fine. The new chain looked much worse than any other part, that needed a thin oil worked into the links before it recovered. Sitting in a humid garage with remnants of salt is worse than leaving it out in the rain. Even cars suffer the same way only it is mostly concealed.
I make it a rule that any bolt screw nut that I take off, gets a coating of grease, waxol, ACF50, whatever. If there is any exposed areas, they get special treatment. After every wash, after it has dried, I look for signs of furry corrosion. It only takes a few moments with grease oil etc and a toothbrush to stop corrosion in its tracks. Electrical connectors get the same treatment. FUCHS Silkolene Pro Prep spray in the nooks and crannies, every now and again, gets to places that the grease does not penetrate. Its amazing the number of riders that never put an oily rag to their machine, not PC correct. Perhaps they think those are banned as well!
02-01-2018 06:46 AM
Mr Happy-07 Hi,
I live in the UK and ride most of the year. We have salt salt and more salt on our roads in winter. Usually applied after the freeze has occurred but that's another issue.

My thoughts are that modern coatings and other materials used in manufacture are not what they once were. This being down to environmental concerns. Harsh chemicals once used now not allowed. etc. etc. End result less protection, from weaker products. (Subject for further discussion no doubt)

BMW have had a lot of corrosion issues particularly with engine cases my Previous bike GS 1200 suffered in this way.

Other manufacturers probably have issues as well.

Prevention is better than cure, and I do have sympathy with OP who has had a tough call, and for those who would wish to give there a bikes a chance this video clip will help.

I have no connection with the product or the author.

I am unable to post a direct link, (post count less than 10) so try Youtube search Missenden Flyer "How to apply ACF50 to your motorcycle"

Cheers Marty
02-01-2018 01:34 AM
Mr Big Head Don't have much hope for your lawsuit but I do feel your pain. Went for a ride with a few friends and encountered salted roads although I did not think of it at the time. Did not wash my bike and got back from a week away vacation and I almost cried when I saw my bike. Took a lot of work to remedy what I could and had to live with the rest. Live and learn.
01-31-2018 06:09 PM
V-Tom I ride whenever there isn't likely to be ice or snow on the roads and this time of year my bike is covered with salt. Right now it is sitting in my garage and is covered with salt (we got snow this morning.)

I rarely wash it. My garage is heated and I really don't have issues with rusting.

I have never seen bikes rust like that unless they have been sitting for years (ie my 2006 DL650 sitting for about 5 years before the new owner took it) but HAVE seen things rusting that quickly in the automobile world. This is almost always preceded by the car being pressure washed with fairly corrosive chemicals.

Is there a chance the the OP or the dealership pressure washed it before the 6 days of rain?

01-31-2018 05:36 PM
Bugzy It would be nice if a motorcycle could look new forever, unfortunately it starts to break down as soon as you start riding it. There is nothing dangerous in any of the pictures you presented, and all of the rust is lightly on the surface. Take a soapy rag and wipe it off.

You see surface rust on some areas and you run to your lawyer? Holy Schnitzel...

I think you feel you made a purchasing mistake, and you want to swap it for that GS now. Keep in mind, the Suzuki is far more reliable than a GS, it has been proven many times over, even with a little surface rust, your better off keeping what you have, but if it doesn't float your boat, then give some money to your lawyer and do the best you can I guess.

Maybe Suzuki will refund your money just to quiet you down, but I wouldn't pay a lawyer to test that myself.

Why not clean the rust off it now, should only take a few minutes, and sell it locally, then buy your GS, you will save a lot of money.
01-30-2018 01:28 AM
What if.......

Perhaps the OP rode though something..... water on the roadway that contained a corrosive(other that salt)? I live in the land of winter salt. I don't think it all washes of my area roads until well into the summer but I've not seen rust like the OP is reporting. I can't see his pics tho.
Hope there is a good outcome.

01-30-2018 12:35 AM
VstromGrin The words snowball in hell spring to mind but I wish the OP the best of luck and let us know as has been said how you get on, I notice the same thing on my DL650 if I don't clean her or apply some acf50, I will say that my old ST1100 is as tough as old boots, the Suzuki does seem to rust very easy compared to the 01 ST1100, must be they built them better back then, like a lot of things.
01-24-2018 07:53 PM
SECoda He did. Post #26.

Originally Posted by MetrickMetal View Post
What you've basically said you don't know what caused the corrosion, and when you're out on the open your bike can come in contact with anything, and I think that is exactly what you're going to hear from Suzuki. So good luck with getting Suzuki to address your issues, and you haven't mentioned what you expect Suzuki to do for you.
01-24-2018 07:41 PM
Originally Posted by mariosraptor View Post
This happened in just a few days after a ride of 250km. Supposedly the road had salt. But this was way to fast. I’ve started a lawsuit against Suzuki and a few others.
Everything is rusted or damaged
What you've basically said you don't know what caused the corrosion, and when you're out on the open your bike can come in contact with anything, and I think that is exactly what you're going to hear from Suzuki. So good luck with getting Suzuki to address your issues, and you haven't mentioned what you expect Suzuki to do for you.
01-24-2018 05:40 PM
Null 13 I have a 2014, and the exhaust line has surface rust, front to back, Suzuki said it was normal and nothing could be done about it.

My bike has never seen winter or salt, stored inside a nice garage... I'd imagine they would be even less inclined to care about a bike that was exposed to salt willingly. But still, good luck.
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