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    Keeping A Bike Dry During Storage ?

    I have been spraying the bike down with a anti rust agent(Rust Check) each year but I would like to find somthing to keep the dampness away from the bike ..??
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    Just put it in a dry area?

    If it's a shed that tends to be a little damp then cover the bike with a tarp or something and put a 40 or 60 watt lamp under the bike. The warmth from the lamp will keep the air under the bike's cover more dry than the surrounding air and avoid a lot of rust issues.
    A backyard mechanic without a service manual is just like a hooker without a lamp pole.... they are both in the dark.

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    WD40? It'll leave a little layer of oil once it dries then you'll just have to wash the bike when you take it out of storage.

    Thought you SM guys rode year round?
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowrider View Post
    WD40? It'll leave a little layer of oil once it dries then you'll just have to wash the bike when you take it out of storage.

    Thought you SM guys rode year round?
    Ya I may just spray it again..
    Puttin loose hay or staw under the bike wont help ?

    And I love warm pavement these days so no more chilly weather for the old bones..
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    Quote Originally Posted by WILD FX View Post
    ....... Puttin loose hay or staw under the bike wont help ?..
    Only with the cleanup if it should decide to have a leak or lay a big steamer....

    To avoid rust or corrosion you need to keep the bike dry and out of contact with fumes that are corrosive. For example engine exhaust has a lot of gases in it that will join with surface water to create acids and other corrosive compounds. Keeping the metal dry will go a long way to avoiding the stuff in the air from joining with condensation and creating a corrosive soup on the metal.

    If you can't provide a dry place then at least make it warmer than the surrounding air in order to reduce any tendency for moisture to condense on the bike's surfaces. Generally one big reason that most garages are good places is that the ground heat comes up through the floor and keeps the inside of the garage slightly warmer than the outside so you don't get much, if any, condensation on stuff kept in the garage.
    A backyard mechanic without a service manual is just like a hooker without a lamp pole.... they are both in the dark.

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