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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