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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-17-2009, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy HELP - Possible begining stages of rust

I'm seeing little white residue spots on certain metal surfaces of the bike. Levers, screws on the top of the brake fluid reservoir and a couple of other areas. I live close to the ocean so I suspect this is the main culprit. I do sometimes forget to cover the bike when it rains but it just gets a splashing since it us under a plastic "tin" roof style.

So what can I do to get ride of what's starting to corrode and prevent further rust issues?

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I remeber a post on lever rust that ended in cable breakage, but cannot find it with a search. If anybody remembers and knows where it is, you might want to bringing it up since it was a serious issue.

Sorry I can't be of more help. If I locate it I will post
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Any rust inhibator wiped on with a rag will help, but living close to the coast it will always be an issue. You can also swap some of the hardware with stainless. Try an ACE Hardware if one is in your area.
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I haven't been in the rain with it yet but I did ride in fog Wednesday morning on the way to work and parked it in the garage at the office for 2 days while I was in Houston on business. I came back to find orange discoloration (read rust) around the dial for the brake lever. Hmm... I am not taking it too seriously since I'll probably replace them with something more 'sporty' anyway, but still... rust after two weeks of ownership... I wonder if this is normal ?
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I noticed some spots on mine after riding a couple of hundred miles following a snow storm. The crap that is put on the roads is hell on exposed metal. I should have washed it immediately, but didn't. However, a little WD40 took most of it off. I make it a point now to rinse the salt off ASAP
I also have become a lot more diligent in waxing the bike. I never had any problems with the Ninja, but they had 20 years with that model to work out any possible weak points.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2009, 01:01 AM
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If you live in Oregon like me, just keep it wet and you won't have any rust problems.
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