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post #1 of 9 Old 02-26-2013, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Protecting bike from road salt

I have been riding in snow country this season and the bike has been accumulating some sand and possibly road salt. It is usually too cold to wash the bike outside but if I had a chance: Is there anything that I can spray the bike with or perhaps wash the bike with that will prevent rust? Maybe some type of lubricant that can be sprayed and that last for some time before the bike can get a good scrubbing.
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Pretty tough to protect the bike. Rust usually starts where you can't reach anyway. Aluminum parts really take a beating from road salt.

You should buy a winter beater bike like a Harley.

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I remember back in the good-ol-days when I wasted money on a boat, for the winter I would winterize the motor and I would then spray the exterior of the engine with some sort of spray that turned to a waxy consistency when dry. I thought that perhaps there was something out on the market available that would do the same, although perhaps not as thick to use on a bike.
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When I lived in the UK, I used Scotolier FS 365. Outstanding product works all year round dry salt is worse than wet It is now available in the US a little pricey but well worth it

http://www.scottoiler.com/us/Lubes-C...ypage.tpl.html
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Thanks for the info Tiptoes.
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Well, I might get blasted here--but--I actually bought my '09 KLR to be a winter "beater". What I mean is I wanted a bike I could ride all winter long, and I didn't want to expose my sport bikes to the salt, so the KLR fits the bill perfectly. Yes, I ride it in the salt and winter road crap (I live between Buffalo and Rochester NY-so we got LOTS of winter road "crap") and I just give her a hosing off when I'm done. So far, the bikes doing fine!

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Scotolier FS 365

I bought a can of Scotolier FS 365 for $15.00 US dollars, delivered. I will see how it works and I will post.
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I bought a can of Scotolier FS 365 for $15.00 US dollars, delivered. I will see how it works and I will post.
I just did the same--glad I hear about the product here first! Now let's see how well it works!

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Thanks, Tiptoes. Guess I just needed to SCROLL a little farther, in the menu.
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