Please help, I,ve just got my bike out of its shed after four weeks, but the engine cases look like my wife has chucked her box of washing powder over them. I,ve washed them down to clear this off buts whats the best way of preventing this happening again. Thanks Ginnelli.
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The best way is not to allow this happen in the first place,if salt corrosion has got under the thin lacquer coating on the casings,its a slippery slop for them from now on.Your bike needs to be covered in a light coat of oil at all times and when washed off light oil of some kind reapplied.Putting your bike away for long periods of time with road salt all over it in damp conditions is asking for serious long term problems not only to the casings which will only look ugly,but more importantly the brakes and any other moving parts.And an even bigger problem is oil coolers and radiators,salt corrosion will see these off in no time at all,and cost you a small fortune to replace,so my advice would be after thoroughly clean you must oil everything especially coolers and rads(spray oil is the way to go)cover everything barring the brake discs.Have fun
clean and dry, apply a good coat of ACF-50 on all metal parts making sure not to get it near the disks or callipers.
Leave the ACF-50 on till the shite wet weathers gone, then remove with a good degreaser and polish
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Fury engine casing
Thanks. I was really surprised as the bike ( Burgman 200 ) was washed before it was put away. There are no other marks apart from the engine casing so im going to polish them up with solvol autosol and then give them a light caoting of oil.
Sounds like you need more ventilation in the shed. Also, make sure the bike is DRY before putting it away for long periods.
I think your right with the ventillation point as the bikes kept in a metal bike safe. This is well secure but there are only small vents on the front panel above the door. There are also white marks on the floor where the side stand used to touch down. ( been on main stand last 4 weeks ) plus the temp has been down as low as -7 the other morning. Also as kcmc said there doesn,t seem to be a protective layer on the aluminium part of the engine. The black engine covers are unmarked. I will get it cleaned up and coated with oil. Thanks again for the advice. Ginnelli.