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post #1 of 12 Old 02-17-2011, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Winter cleaning

just wondering what other SERIOUS winter riders do

my old little nekid red 99 SV650 seems to be pretty immune to winter corosion , sure, after 7 years and 135k it had a petina, but the only noticable corrosion is on the fork lowers from not winter, but summer bug splats, they only time it ever got washed was at dealer when I took it in for service they had to clean it just to work on it

MY 07 Vee is another story, 5 years and 60k its worse than they SV ever thought of being, maybe its this winter with the big ass darkside winter tire, it can kick up a roostertail, so bad, as I posted in another thread, having sticky problems with my slave, my under seat electronic accessories & connections are caked

riding to car wash is counter productive, it would be all gunked up by the time I got back home

no real place to do it outside in my yard without creating a glacier flow, my basement where I keep it parked doesn't have floor drains ,

this weekend its spose to be warm, maybe I could snowblow a space in the backyard that drains away or in basement, take dry bag out of wet/dry vac

I was thinkin of trying to vac away as much caking under the seat as I could anyway, then blow it out with compressed air



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Just leave it be until things thaw out, not like your gonna hurt anything more than it already has been.

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Just leave it be until things thaw out, not like your gonna hurt anything more than it already has been.

that would mean pretty much not riding, crud is bad enuf, its' makin the controls sticky/unsafe



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that would mean pretty much not riding, crud is bad enuf, its' makin the controls sticky/unsafe
In my case (and I am not as serious a winter rider as you are) I find that generous amounts of lube on the affected area can make a big difference when things start to stiffen up.

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Lucky enough to park in a heated garage. Just keep it wiped down and lubed. Have to be really jonesin to ride much below 20 deg. :mrgreen:
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Have to be really jonesin to ride much below 20 deg. :mrgreen:
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No doubt about it, Randyo is DA MAN. I hear prolonged exposure to cold can do that to people. :mrgreen:
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As another New Hampsha rider, my limit has always been 25 degrees. Anything below that, and even the winter gear and heated grips didn't work. Then again, when I set that limit I had to ride an hour to work. I could handle substantially colder for shorter distances. My real limiting factor is my fear of ice on a bike. I've ridden in snow before, including a 45 mile ride home when I got caught in a snowstorm, with 3"+ on the roads and more coming down. I did it, but I wouldn't want to again!

As for cleaning...my KLR never really got much of a cleaning, just a quick hosing if it got too crusty. You could always use the kiddie pool idea, and drain it using a wet/dry shop vac. It sounds like you need to create a specific place with drainage just for winter washings.

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You could probably find someone with a trailer or truck that can take it to a spray wash and get all that off. Then maybe you can do that dirt bike trick when it is clean and in your basement. Spray it down with WD40 so stuff doesn't stick to it very well?

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