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Small holes in the frame?

The Kawasaki engineers made small holes in the frame.
I'm new to this forum and I hope you can see my attached pictures.
Now spray water with salt from the road comes into this holes.
The left hole is not a problem, but the hole on the right goes down.
And I hope there is another hole somewhere down in the frame. But not sure.
Anybody knows this for sure?

Note that I need this Versys during winter conditions with salt on the road which is really bad for anything steel.
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The Kawasaki engineers made small holes in the frame.
I'm new to this forum and I hope you can see my attached pictures.
Now spray water with salt from the road comes into this holes.
The left hole is not a problem, but the hole on the right goes down.
And I hope there is another hole somewhere down in the frame. But not sure.
Anybody knows this for sure?

Note that I need this Versys during winter conditions with salt on the road which is really bad for anything steel.
You have a keen eye. Maybe the placement isnt great for wheel spray but allowing the inside of the steel frame to rid itself of moisture is very important. Look at an old Cromoly bicycle frame, holes all over the place and usually plugged(people dont clean them out) leading to rust. Salt is always a consideration....
So heres an idea. Last year I placed Stainless bolts with rubber expansion nuts in the tube ends shown in the pic, thinking I could rig another tie down option. Never got past the bolts in the concept. These would be excellent for a rigged rubber flap to protect the holes from wheel spray. I may have found a use for my contraption!
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That is super odd mine 15 model is not drilled.


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Haven't seen any holes in mine, but didn't really look either. I'll squirt WD40 in the holes if I see any. I did unplug the holes in the bottom of the swingarm, just ahead of the rear wheel adjusters, thanks to someone on here mentioning it.
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That is super odd mine 15 model is not drilled.
Interesting. I Checked my 2015 650 and I found some holes like his/hers . In my case, the OEM panniers,which are always on pretty well block most of the spray anyways. Maybe yours are plugged!
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I drilled a couple extras in my KLR because some were in the wrong place. shoot something like ACF 50, CorrosionX, or Boeshield in there, they form a protective film

if I'm answering your question I assume the basic points have been addressed, such as: did you do a compression test? is it still on fire?
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Thank you for the reactions.
Note that I really hate rust. And want to keep my Versys in mint condition as long as possible.
I also sprayed the bike with special rust protection wax.
I will remove some parts on the bottom side to see whether I can find others holes.
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Thank you for the reactions.
Note that I really hate rust. And want to keep my Versys in mint condition as long as possible.
I also sprayed the bike with special rust protection wax.
I will remove some parts on the bottom side to see whether I can find others holes.
dmer mentioned squirting WD-40 into the holes....Bingo! WD-40(which stands for Water Displacement) is actually made for this purpose, filling the pores of metal with parrafin via a solvent and light oil to keep rust from forming. All the other uses for it are bonuses.
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Krown makes an excellent rust protector in an aerosol can. It is the same formula as the product they undercoat vehicles with.

I use it under the lawn mower deck- I had one rust out on the previous mower. It really works.

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@jaaklucas and Smiley: Yes that would be my preference. However holes are tiny, so not able to get anything from a spray can inside.
So I will continue my investigation.
Meanwhile got a lot of anti rust wax on the outside.
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i'd move away from the salted roads. problem solved.

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@jaaklucas and Smiley: Yes that would be my preference. However holes are tiny, so not able to get anything from a spray can inside.
So I will continue my investigation.
Meanwhile got a lot of anti rust wax on the outside.
The holes in the pic look easily big enough for the WD40 straw, no?
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The holes in the pic look easily big enough for the WD40 straw, no?
Absolutely straw perfect! Spray away as dmer says. The solvent will harmlessly evaporate after cleaning and lightly "etching" any oxidization leaving a light oil infused with paraffin as a final sealer. I believe originally WD-40 (after 40 tries I guess) was concocted decades ago by the US military to prevent rust corrosion on their expensive hardware when everything was steel. I ride my electric bicycle in the winter instead of my Kawi and usually take some corrosion from salt that shows even after washing the bike. The key to driving in winter road salt is to wash it off as quick as possible, hard to do in freezing weather. Salt will even eat concrete,I found that out. Then I give any parts on my bike that are corroding a little dab of WD sans straw, its foamy and leave it on. You can clean bad rust with more acidic type stuff(reverse PH to oxidization), from vinegar or bleach to cheap toilet-cleaner with 10% acid to muriatic household acid if its bad. Steel wool it then "seal" it. But WD is one step really as a preventative and stops it from getting worse. Of course there are also many more expensive solutions around, probably the same chemical processes...
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I just check on my 2018 versys 650 model, and I have that holes also.

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