Heartbroken...rust


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WaddlingThunder
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Heartbroken...rust

Post by WaddlingThunder » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:07 pm



I recently moved to Florida and purchased a new (zero miles) 2015 GL1800. I spent a few month running between Florida and Illinois, and thought I was doing the right thing and purchased a full bike cover to keep my new baby safe while travelling and unable to ride. Finally finished relocating...uncovered the bike, ready to ride, only to find a TON of rust. The chrome parts (highway bars, armrests, etc), are bubbled and rusted. Even the exhaust has rust.

1) Should I not have covered the bike
2) Suggested remedies, without replacing all these parts!

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and experience

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Re: Heartbroken...rust

Post by harvey01 » Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:32 pm

I certainly would contact the dealer and try to have the parts replaced under warranty. If he is hesitant to try, contact Honda directly.
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Re: Heartbroken...rust

Post by cihilb » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:57 am

The problem with covering the bike in a high humidity climate is the that the moisture is trapped under the cover. If it's parked on gravel or grass, this makes it worse. The ground moisture is trapped by the cover. Most of the covers have "vents" but are ineffective if the moisture levels are high. I doubt that Honda will even consider the rust problem, since it is not a manufacturing defect.

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Re: Heartbroken...rust

Post by harvey01 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:13 pm

I certainly agree with cihib that it is possible for a cover to cause the problems as noted but I would only discuss that if the dealer brings it up, if the dealer and Honda refuse to fix the problem then if the cover was used per manufacturers discussions, I would chat with the cover maker reference the cost of replacing the parts.

I would suggest just show the dealer the problem and ask that you thought this motorcycle was designed to be outside in the elements.

Frankly any vehicle that is made to function outside shoul not do this unless left under this cover in bad conditions for a least a year.
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Re: Heartbroken...rust

Post by raven41951 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:05 pm

Regardless, a new bike should not rust this fast. I suspect something else is afoot! Go to dealer and Honda. Research the weather and find if there was any flooding/storm(s) that could initiate such a problem.

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Re: Heartbroken...rust

Post by Goldwinger365 » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:19 am

The high humidity combined with proximity to the coast of salt water can very rapidly cause rust. Depending on how close to the coast you are,if it was outside,under a cover, unfortunately Honda will not do anything for you. I'm surprised that the dealer that sold it to you didn't advise against the risks of storing under a cover,versus indoor storage, especially if your near a coast. Needless to say,what a horrible thing to discover,on any bike,let alone a brand new Wing. Best of luck getting repaired and some compensation for this.

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Re: Heartbroken...rust

Post by themainviking » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:56 am

The original poster has not returned since posting his first time in this thread. I was wondering if there was any possibility that the bike had been subjected to submersion from the Hurricane that had passed through there just prior to his posting, but since he never came back, I cannot ask.
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Re: Heartbroken...rust

Post by Stew » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:36 pm

It's been raining for several days at my place and last night I went into the garage where my Goldwing is parked. I glanced over at it and noticed there was condensation all over it like on the outside of a glass of ice water! My dirt bike and car are also in the garage and they were not like that, I was the strangest thing I've seen in a while, the Goldwing isn't covered or anything. I put a box fan in front of it on low speed and a couple hours later it was clear but I could see if it just sat like that where some stuff would start rusting. I will make sure to keep an eye on it during especially humid weather from now on.


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