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post #1 of 23 Old 11-08-2017, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Why is it that I hear a lot of people end the riding season for the year when salt is put down first?
too cold?
I get that.

Sorry if it's a noob question but I am a noob.

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post #2 of 23 Old 11-08-2017, 05:31 PM
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Because they know that at the first evidence of salt their bike will immediately decompose into a pile of corroded metal.

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Why is it that I hear a lot of people end the riding season for the year when salt is put down first?
too cold?
I get that.

Sorry if it's a noob question but I am a noob.

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Salt is hard on metal and some folks get scared of debris on the road so they simply hang up riding until spring. I am not one of these folks. Heated gear and a 3rd wheel extend my season to year round and all conditions.
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Cold weather, icy patches, loose salt and gravel takes the fun out of it for me. As soon as the temperature dips below 0 c the bikes are parked until it warms up in the spring. Used to stud the tires on dirt bikes and ride on lakes and hard packed snow but it was freaking cold no matter what I wore.
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Same bunch that think 30k km is a "high mileage" bike.

Never have yet seen an issue from whatever they put on these days which is not likely salt.

Motor loves the cold air. C3 helmet is fog free...heated innersoles and gloves...I'm good to 0 C and perhaps a bit below if it's dry.

They use some sort of a sprayed on brine here in S Ontario.
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Same bunch that think 30k km is a "high mileage" bike.

Never have yet seen an issue from whatever they put on these days which is not likely salt.

Motor loves the cold air. C3 helmet is fog free...heated innersoles and gloves...I'm good to 0 C and perhaps a bit below if it's dry.

They use some sort of a sprayed on brine here in S Ontario.
Damn right. At least in most of the US northeast, it is in fact rock salt (NaCL) so is corrosive. But the important bits are made of Aluminum anyway. If I can, I'll rinse the bike off once the temps get above freezing and ride to dry it. Mine hasn't rusted, and in five years of year-round daily riding, the worst weathering has instead been from the summer sun - faded paint, chalky plastics, clouded headlights and ruined windscreen.

The worst thing for any bike is to sit outside unridden, especially under a cover. Mine stays uncovered unless I know a salt truck is on the way.
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I ride all year and get anxious for winter riding, it's exhilarating and especially peaceful during the worse snowstorms when no one else is on the road.

I've prolly got more experience with a motorcycle in winter salt than anybody else here
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Same bunch that think 30k km is a "high mileage" bike.

Never have yet seen an issue from whatever they put on these days which is not likely salt.
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They use some sort of a sprayed on brine here in S Ontario.
My understanding is that brine is a strong solution of salt dissolved in water.

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"Salt" has a wide range of composition ...it's not just sodium chloride

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Sodium chloride (salt), magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, calcium magnesium acetate and potassium acetate are chemicals used to prevent and remove snow and ice from roadways. VDOT uses liquid magnesium chloride, calcium chloride and sodium chloride for anti-icing and pre-treatment. Sodium chloride and calcium chloride in dry form are used for de-icing but can be used in some cases for anti-icing.
Magnesium and calcium chloride do a better job than sodium chloride

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Magnesium Chloride and Calcium Chloride
These products can melt ice at lower temperatures than salt. Both chemicals in liquid form can be used for anti-icing.


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