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MCN  says:

You Ask/You Answer: Winter Cleaning?

"My friend runs an old ‘winter bike’ and garages his prized R1 during the cold months as he says the salt etc. damages his bike too much. I want to ride all through winter, but don’t have enough spare cash to buy a second bike, and neither do I have any idea how to prepare my bike for to survive...

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  • Posted 3 years ago (13 November 2012 16:55)

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Dr Mengle


Apr 03

Posts: 34

Dr Mengle says:

Organic washing

Take bike out in rain, ride through puddles. What doesn't come off can be left for the next ride. Sorted!

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Mar 07

Posts: 3215

Boult says:

Cover it

in Scottoil 365 / WD40 / Silicone spray (back to black). If you have to wash it use COLD water (hot water activates salt) and then re-treat with the oil / silicone. Make sure you keep any oil products well away from brake discs. All the best!

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Feb 09

Posts: 515

Some sage advice already give. In addition, you might want to think about getting under the bodywork and treating the electrics etc. to a dollop of ACF 50's corrosion block grease or something similar? That salt spray is horrible stuff and gets in all sorts of places. As for drying, I use a garden leaf blower (which can blow as well as suck, oooeeerrrr) and a chamois to follow up. By the way, Muc off does a silicon shine spray which is the absolute biz for fairings etc. and it smells quite pleasant too. Seats can get very dirty in winter, but a bit of swarfega gets the grime out very effectively come the spring time.

God I hate the winter.................


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May 10

Posts: 26

d0nkeychop says:

Start with a clean bike, wash, wax, decent polish, ACF 50 on metal (except brakes...) and electrics WD40 everywhere else. Cold water rinse when you get chance and a proper wash again in spring.

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Sep 08

Posts: 38

geoffb61 says:

Avoid the jetwasher

jet washers may be good for fairings and other body panels, but you need to be careful (I never use them on the bike) as they can inject water where you really don't want it - bearings, connectors and the like.

Best avoided

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Mar 08

Posts: 31

mrp192 says:

winter maintainance

I use FS365 rather then acf50. If I come in from a wet ride in the salt period I let the bike cool then use a small spray bottle filled with de-ionised water and a bottle brush to clean the calipers and discs. Then cover them with carrier bags and spray the whole bike with FS365. Once the water has evaporated it leaves the bike covered in an oily film that protects it from salt damage.

I wash it once it gets really dirty, about every 4 or 5 commutes and then reapply the fs365 before using it again.

FS365 is much cheaper to buy in 5 litre containers and in the past have got an even better deal by buying 3 at a time. Shop around on the web for the best price.

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Sep 09

Posts: 406


In the old days........

When we had proper winters and bikes had kick starts......... when cars were for cissies...... when we rode to work all year round come ice and snow..............when men were men and sheep were nervous....... wibble.... waffle.............

We used to smear various parts on the bike with a thin coating of grease and leave it on over winter to wash it off in spring when the last residues of salt had gone from the roads. The parts we smeared with grease were: wheels, brake banjo bolts and bleed nipples, major frame fasteners and wheel nuts, under frame and swing arm. Mind you it was a very thin coating and had to be applied with care to avoid contact with the brakes !

The good news is it does work and it will keep the corrosion monster at bay for one whole winter. Standard bike fasteners and things like banjo bolts, axle pinch bolts etc  haven't improved since the 70s. Still made of monkey metal.

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Nov 09

Posts: 88

ginganz13 says:

Miracle Solution beats ACF50 & FS365

One application - moved to New Zealand

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Nov 12

Posts: 1

ABoo333 says:


Seriously - If I thought I had to do half the amount of winter care some people on here are doing I would take the bus, just wash it when you can be arsed and except that bikes can't stay new forever!

My Fav so far comes from mrp192 ......... "If I come in from a wet ride in the salt period I let the bike cool then use a small spray bottle filled with de-ionised water and a bottle brush to clean the calipers and discs"............ are you sure you should not be using evian and imperial leather?

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Sep 10

Posts: 30

Histy says:

Rinse Well

Well as a bike school we ride all year every year. When we have had a day out in the rain on salted roads all we do is rinse the bikes well with a hose. Just check the chains for lube and all is well. We give them a propa wash once a week but other than that just keep an eye on them.

Histy -

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