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I've got a bit of rust on the frame of my 2008 but less than 16K km/9K miles. It is primarily on welds.

Is this a common issue? I'm very happy with the bike but a little disappointed with it's rust resistance. Please post pictures if you have rust. I will do this myself when it stops raining here.

Would using a wire brush to remove flaking paint and painting and rust with something like tremclad rust paint work?
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I see a bit on the frame weld on the left side just below my gas tank. I have an 09.

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ONLY rust I've noticed on my '09 (bought in Nov, 2010) is on the gas tank under the sidecovers where the 90 degree piece that the screws go into, is attached.

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Mine is an '07, and most of the frame welds are rusted, as well as the brackets on the tank.
I really want to fix it, but to do a decent job, some of the frame welds need to be sand blasted because they are hard to get to with a brush.
Sounds like a winter project to me, would be cool to have the frame powder coated black
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you guys that are experiencing rust, does the bike sit outside? Only time I've had rust on a bike (and corrosion), was when the bike was outside (covered), it seems it happened because of the condensation that formed from the change in overnight temperature. ?
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Mine has a bit of surface rust near a few welds, but it's purely cosmetic IMO. My bike mainly lives inside - except if I'm on a trip - but it does see rain regularly. I never put a cover on it.
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2010 no rust at all. Bike outside in summer covered patio, inside in the winter time, heated to 67 all the time.

IMO, doing something is better than nothing. Remove as much rust and or paint that is bad as possible. Scrape ,wire brush ect. Use a lacquer thinner and wipe afffected area off. Then use special rust primer, paint, to area and smash it into cranks with sponge or paint bush, roller , ect, after, spraying it on. Yes it will stop the rusting. Dong nothing the rust soaks up water and problem rust area gets bigger. Good luck!

Just tape off bad area! Thats the only area you need to paint, prime. Unless you want to repaint the whole thing!





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you guys that are experiencing rust, does the bike sit outside? Only time I've had rust on a bike (and corrosion), was when the bike was outside (covered), it seems it happened because of the condensation that formed from the change in overnight temperature. ?
I think the PO had the bike sitting outside in not-so-sunny London
After I got it, it sits in the garage, and the rust spots haven't gotten any bigger in my time

MTS, agreed, doing something is better than nothing
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