Winter road salt

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Winter road salt

Post by fnickel » Sat Jan 03, 2015 9:18 pm

I had a closer look at my '92 SE between Christmas and New Year's as I was installing the shifter shaft pivot stabilizer. I noticed quite a bit of white, growing crud on the underside of the bike, most of it behind the wheels. I had taken out the bike for a short ride earlier in November, just to get a "probable last ride" in before the winter. The roads were virtually dry, but there was a slight dampness on them. There had been snow previously, which had resulted in salt being applied to the roads. Even that short ride on almost dry roads had deposited a film of salt spray from the tires onto the underside of the bike. Red rust had started to form on some of the exposed steel areas, and it looked like the bare aluminum areas also had corrosion starting. Needless to say, I gave the underside of the bike a soapy bath and rinse. Just a reminder to view winter roads in the snow belt areas with suspicion, even though they look dry. Better to wait until after the spring rains wash away the salt. Of course, if you live in warmer climates, you may not need to concern yourselves with this. Happy New Year to all.

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Re: Winter road salt

Post by joeincalif » Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:16 pm

I recently bought a 97 SE with only 30300 miles on it. It lived in Lake Tahoe for most of it's life. The paint and everything look great up top but when I looked underneath I saw the results of salt as you talk about.
I changed the rear crash, they were BAD, changed the saddle kick plates and the chrome piece under the headlight, looks a lot better now, and I'M a happy camper!!

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Re: Winter road salt

Post by bstig60 » Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:48 am

California doesn't use salt on the roads, they use sand. Pitting and corrosion can occur in cool moist climates.

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Re: Winter road salt

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jan 05, 2015 4:51 pm

Our bikes have absolutely zero protection against salt used on roads, and will start rusting immediately after riding in a salty environment, as you have discovered. As soon as salt appears on the roads here, my bike season is done. I don't get it back out until the spring rains have washed all evidence of salt away.

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