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Old 09-06-2007, 10:21 AM   #1
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Question '06 GSA and salty beaches

I've been invited to join some friends at an oceanfront house. I'm considering riding out but I worry about the amount of bare aluminum on an '06 GSA. Anybody spend any time in that sandy, salty environment with one of these? Any problems with corrosion?

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Old 09-06-2007, 11:21 AM   #2
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I live on the ocean. No problem. I drove my R1150GS through a tidal stream, also no problem. If you do douse your bike with ocean water, just be sure to wash it down later.

BTW, on your bike not so much raw aluminum is exposed, since most of your bike is clearcoated.
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Old 09-06-2007, 11:31 AM   #3
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Anybody spend any time in that sandy, salty environment with one of these? Any problems with corrosion?
Yes. No.

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Old 09-06-2007, 11:35 AM   #4
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Yes. No.

That is fucking awesome!
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Old 09-06-2007, 11:45 AM   #5
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Old 09-06-2007, 11:56 AM   #6
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dood, we haven't seen much of you in Ride Reports.. you're living in a most exotic location and you're giving us teasers here? C'mon, get with it and give us a feast for the eyes.... in RR...


As for salty water.. hose the bike down with a garden hose and you should be fine.. I'm not sure about the wheel bearings if they're sealed or not.. but I wouldn't get the bike in over the axle.
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Old 09-06-2007, 11:59 AM   #7
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dood, we haven't seen much of you in Ride Reports.. you're living in a most exotic location and you're giving us teasers here? C'mon, get with it and give us a feast for the eyes.... in RR....
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Old 09-06-2007, 12:52 PM   #8
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Yes. No.

Wow. Thanks guys. BTW, a nice arid salt flat isn't as much a problem as the salty fogs you can get rolling off the ocean. Okay, the salt flies during the day and fog at night wets it down but moisture and salt is more my concern.

Now just a few items to take care of. Gotta paint the steel piece I use to mount my GPS and XM. Then I need to figure out how I'm going to carry my boogie board and golf clubs.

I should have figured the aluminum would be clearcoated. My 1800 Goldwing came with bare aluminum wheels that corroded when you left the showroom. Also had a friend who took his Indian to bike week at OC, MD and got fully hosed.

At any rate I feel better now and am looking forward to some exotic RRs from Gpothoven.
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Old 09-06-2007, 01:12 PM   #9
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I've been invited to join some friends at an oceanfront house. I'm considering riding out but I worry about the amount of bare aluminum on an '06 GSA. Anybody spend any time in that sandy, salty environment with one of these? Any problems with corrosion?

Thanks!
Just remember how many of us ride year round, and get road salt all over our bikes, especially with damp salty roads. I can't imagine a little ocean salt air could be any worse!

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Old 09-06-2007, 01:13 PM   #10
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Is that how high the water level was?

Awesome picture. I would love a full resolution version of it!

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Old 09-06-2007, 03:57 PM   #11
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Just remember how many of us ride year round, and get road salt all over our bikes, especially with damp salty roads. I can't imagine a little ocean salt air could be any worse!

Have fun!!! Jim
+1 I used to ride alot on the beach but washed it well on way home! The ice & slush in Northern Virginia were worse because it was too cold to clean it!

I spray my trials bike with LPS_1 after I clean it and it stops corrosion and makes it easier to clean next time.


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Old 09-06-2007, 04:37 PM   #12
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Be Sure To Wash it Well

I will disagree with the masses as I have some background in 'corrosion'. FWIW, wash well, wash well, wash well. Boaters know about sacrificial anodes to lessen the effects of salt water corrosion on dissimilar metals. Bikes don't have a sacrificial anode so all of those dissimilar metals are just dying to become a 'battery' and start corroding. Doesn't take long to wet down a bike well, so why risk it? And a good dousing means just that, not just a wimpy spray down. And since you don't know which parts are clear coated for sure...water is cheap.

I'm waiting for the replies on this one.
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:44 PM   #13
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equally important is letting the water dry out - no point hosing it down and sticking it in a wet garage.
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Old 09-06-2007, 04:50 PM   #14
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equally important is letting the water dry out - no point hosing it down and sticking it in a wet garage.
Excellent point. I use a 29.95 Toro electric leaf blower...cheap, fast, easy.
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Old 09-06-2007, 05:09 PM   #15
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Excellent point. I use a 29.95 Toro electric leaf blower...cheap, fast, easy.
style and airspray too?

Good idea though!
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