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Author Topic: what the heck is happening?  (Read 3276 times)

WillW

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Re: what the heck is happening?
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2011, 06:22:32 PM »
Definitely clean it or at least dry it if its wet. Constant condensation in a damp garage was what did the damage on mine. This storage bag I've now got it sealed in is brilliant, and the moisture meter is showing that the humidity has actually dropped over the last three days, so the dessicant bag really does work. Wish I'd done it at the beginning of winter...
 It's a bit of a job getting it in the bag and on the stand single-handed, but well worth the effort. I might make my own version for next winter - heavy duty plastic sheet over a rigid frame. Easier to get the bike in & out.
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Re: what the heck is happening?
« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2011, 06:30:03 PM »
i have had 7 triumphs. 02 tiger, 03 t100, 05 tiger, 06 speedmaster, 06 scrambler, 08 rocket3 touring, 09 bonneville. and put over 100k miles on the collective bunch of them.
never had any problems with any of them or with a dealer telling me i had to wash them and dry them after each ride before i put them away.
i still have the speedmaster and it is not clean.
but then again i live on the west coast and do not encounter salty roads.
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Re: what the heck is happening?
« Reply #17 on: March 02, 2011, 06:51:53 PM »
I think this corrosion problem applies only to the new bikes. The thing about the warranty being void if the bike isn't cleaned & dried each outing is true. It's in the handbook so you don't find out until it's too late to change your mind. I was chatting to a new Bonnie owner last summer who was pretty pissed off about it.
Considering the UK weather, it's a shitty deal.
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Re: what the heck is happening?
« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2011, 07:14:57 PM »
just finished polising for the last 2 1/2  hrs not a happy bunny for that  by any means but at least it looks a bit like the bike I bought though not quite think thats gone for ever  :'( drowned  it in spray so next time I  brake may go for a slide or not who knows,will be a lot more attentive to this prob  and if it persits to this degree may well consider turning into a millatary if cost not prohibitive,sad to have such a silly deficiency on what is such a great  little machine  you only  need one disgruntled custumer /owner to tar the whole Enfield  fleet as rubbish,rust buckets etc etc the fact that the machine will pull you and cargo over the top of the world taking all you throw at it will be completley overlooked would you  agree with that statement?. So a lot happier fellow than last night will say  tara .Don
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Re: what the heck is happening?
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2011, 07:31:05 PM »
I don't really think they're rust buckets. Put any machine away wet, especially a bike, and rust soon moves in. It's a lesson well learned here - a lot of chrome on my G5DL, so a bit of regular TLC isn't unreasonable. It's getting the thing dry after a good clean once the rainy season starts is a problem. I'll be using a hot air gun next time, then sealing it off from the air.
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Re: what the heck is happening?
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2011, 07:41:34 PM »
except the 64 (or 63) bsa super rocket  they did'nt rust ... story.. had mine parked in a garage next to my buddies norton we had a big rain 3 inches of water in the garage about a week later we went to take out the bikes and the norton was covered with rust and the bsa was shining like a new dime.
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Re: what the heck is happening?
« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2011, 08:00:52 PM »
just been told by a buddy of mine that the powers that be mixed the salt with a additive to cut costs some horrid sticky stuff that clings to the bikes et all and eats it away he has had same prob this year for first time on his bike (Guzzi) he got back from buisiness trip from states and hisbike was destroyed like mine . I hate goverments and councils now  ;D >:( Don
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Re: what the heck is happening?
« Reply #22 on: March 03, 2011, 12:33:28 AM »
I hate goverments and councils now  ;D >:( Don

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Re: what the heck is happening?
« Reply #23 on: March 03, 2011, 12:52:02 AM »
just been told by a buddy of mine that the powers that be mixed the salt with a additive to cut costs some horrid sticky stuff that clings to the bikes et all and eats it away he has had same prob this year for first time on his bike (Guzzi) he got back from buisiness trip from states and hisbike was destroyed like mine . I hate goverments and councils now  ;D >:( Don

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Just last week, I looked at my bike after a ride.  To my horror  >:( there was 'stuff' / crystals sticking to the surface of metal and salt pits on the front forks and on the front axle, its nuts and around it.  Mind you I have been riding my bike once every week even in this winter.  We had a severe winter - lots of sand, salt what-not on the road.  Occasionally, the melted water with salt in it splashed on the bike.  BUT, I was wiping my back with dry cloth every time - it was too cold to wash.  LESSON - wiping with dry cloth did not completely remove everything from metal.  On a less cold day, I washed it thoroughly with soap (S-100) and hot water.  Dried it.  THEN sprayed WD-40 everywhere and rubbed it in with a WD-40 soaked cloth.  

It has come back to its beautiful black glory.  Now WD-40 is my friend   ;D!
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Re: what the heck is happening?
« Reply #24 on: March 03, 2011, 02:04:38 AM »
Well, the logo does say "built like a gun"...

Any respectable gun owner cleans and oils up a gun after a day of shooting, but not to the anal extent that new Triumph owners have to contend with.

As I haven't yet currently taken the plunge and bought my red C5, I am wondering if I should grab a bucket of clear coat paint and lather up the bike fresh from OVC's (ahem..) showroom before I subject it to Ontario's brine soaked roads in the fall and spring.
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Re: what the heck is happening?
« Reply #25 on: March 03, 2011, 02:19:21 AM »
Well, the logo does say "built like a gun"...

Any respectable gun owner cleans and oils up a gun after a day of shooting

I always clean mine after shooting  ;)
But I do find cleaning guns alot more relaxing then cleaning bikes  ;D
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Re: what the heck is happening?
« Reply #26 on: March 03, 2011, 04:21:04 PM »
Singhhg5 was told long time ago never ever wash road salt off with hot water allways use cold as the salt reacts with the hot water to make it even more caustic, over the years I have heard this advice a number of times from people who know what their talking about  and as I said at the start of the thread I arrived home too late to carry out a hosing down and work caught me out for next few days  I allways hose  my bikes  after a ride in winter then a quick wipe over and a spray with wd40 or such like but alas alck not this time but bet your boots I wont ever miss that routine again I hate cleaning bikes and yep took me awhile the realise how much I hate councils  :) Don
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Re: what the heck is happening?
« Reply #27 on: March 03, 2011, 04:56:21 PM »
maybe i need a spare rat bike to ride under these conditions i'm not taking anything i have on the road untill after a few good heavy rains.
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Re: what the heck is happening?
« Reply #28 on: March 03, 2011, 06:55:28 PM »
A few heavy rains should do it. The first rain will just wet down all the salty crap that is stuck not only on the roads, but on everyone's cars undersides too, making for a lovely bring bath for a bike.
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Re: what the heck is happening?
« Reply #29 on: March 03, 2011, 09:29:38 PM »
I always clean mine after shooting  ;)
But I do find cleaning guns alot more relaxing then cleaning bikes  ;D

Cleaning my guns isn't quite as hard on my knees.   :D
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