Is it normal too have alot of blueing on the headpipe at the cylinder. My bikes a 2011 650 with only 700 miles? 600 mile service was done at the dealer and this issue never came up so should I be concerned or not?
It's young yet. With more miles it will turn straw colored and then brown. It's single walled stainless steel, quite unlike double walled chrome the shiny bikes use. Also, unlike chrome plating that gets stone damage and rusts away, it can be polished to near new looking and will last practically forever.
The head pipes on these bikes all end up looking like crap, mostly from the baked-on coating of road debris.
It's just part of the V-Strom deal. Relax and don't worry about it.
The pipes are made of stainless steel. It's a type that doesn't really corrode, but it does discolor quickly. But soon enough your head pipe will gain an impervious protective coating of baked-on mud and bugs. Over time it evens out... :mrgreen:
Thanks to all that answered. I won't worry about any longer. Bike runs great and I'm having fun riding it. My other bikes a HD Street Glide and here lately has pretty much been parked since I bought the new Vstrom.
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