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post #1 of 19 Old 01-06-2011, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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What to do In Winter Driving?

Hi All, riding my Vee all winter here in Toronto on a daily commute (about 40k's a day) I would like to know what would you do to keep all the points on the bike lubed and such...I do lube my chain almost every other morning as our city crews like to put down salt at the 1st hint of flurries. About 2 or 3 times a month I find myself at a car was place washing the salt away from underneath her belly and then I blast the chain with a high power pressure spray. I then dry her off with compressed air and lint free rags....Lube up the chain while she is idling on the center in gear. Also lube the throttle cables, clutch and brake leavers, foot pegs and most hinges (kick stand, passenger pegs, key slots for Give Top case, Ignition Key and Seat/helmet locks)

Just looking for any other tips I could do to make the Vee purr all year long. I bought my Vee in May of 2010 with 675k's and 8 months of daily riding I have almost 17,000k's on her now. Only maintenance I have done is regular oil/filter changes (at 4k full synthetic) and cleaned the air filter. She runs great. What should I keep my eyes and ears out for in the coming months as far as maintenance?

And yes, I am crazy for riding all year round
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I ride a lot with salt and crap and haven't done much ast all in the way of extra lubing the bike. On occasion the centerstand gets a bike sticky and I spray some HHS2000 on it. I do spray the chain liberally (with HHS 2000) and spray some stuff in the keyholes (fluid film.) Apart from my aftermarket highway pegs, I haven't seen any rust on my bike in 145,000 km and 4.5 years.

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I may get some crap over this but here goes...

Never...ever, use a high pressure sprayer on a motorcyle. It is worse than the salt...worse than loaning your bike to your brother in law. High pressure sprayers easily push water past seals where it sits and does irreparable harm to the innards of bearings and such. I see this sin many times a year working on bikes and ATVs in my part time repair buiness. I guess it dioes keep me in beer money fixing the offenders bikes though.

If your hose is froze...wait, or thaw it out. If a pressure washer is all you have keep it 2 feet from anything with a bearing or seal. Every O ring on a chain is a seal that protects grease inside the link.

Let the thrashing begin....:-0
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Let the thrashing begin....:-0
I'm with you. I cringe every time I'm on a long ride and my buddies have to go wash their bikes at the car wash. Jeez, all you are going to do is damage it and it's going to get dirty again anyway!

My favorite is my buddy who is "trying to make this chain last" while spraying it with a car wash pressure hose.

As I've told you many times before, the journey is the destination. So to answer your question: Yes, we are there.
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I know, I know I do keep the spray nozzle about 2 or 3 feet away from all critical parts where there is about a 2 foot wide mist that hits the bike. I knew I was in for it, but I was just looking for some tips on anything that I should be doing during the slushy winter months as I hate the thought of my bike rusting up. Should I take the bike to those oiling places that do under-spray on cars and oil the bike up? kidding here
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Pressure washers are O.K, IF you keep them well away and set the nozzle for a wide fan.
Even a poorly trained garden hose can blow water past seals, so common sense is always required.
BTW, there are some salt neutralising washes coming onto the market now for trailer boats, I can't see why they wouldn't be extremely effective on motorcycles so affected.

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...as I hate the thought of my bike rusting up.
Me too. These days I'm washing the bike almost every time I ride it.

It's a major PITA; 20F out, gotta immediately drain and coil the hose, last time I couldn't get the key in the ignition 'cause of ice.

Somewhere out there is a spray-on clear coat that's designed to protect motorcycles and the like from salt spray. It's supposed to wash off when you are done with it.

Never used it, but I'm curious. I'm also curious as to how it is supposed to know that the "spray" is me trying to remove it, and not salt spray.

As I've told you many times before, the journey is the destination. So to answer your question: Yes, we are there.
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if I've been out in particularly slushy conditions or an all day ride, I usually hit the brake calipers with a can of Brakleen

also doesn't hurt to spray yer bike down with WD-40 after washing it



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also doesn't hurt to spray yer bike down with WD-40 after washing it
Good advice this time of year. (at least up North)

As I've told you many times before, the journey is the destination. So to answer your question: Yes, we are there.
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