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I was feeling pretty pee'd off today...over the Xmas period I have been trying to find the time to give the bike "The Works"... by the works I mean thorough wash, wax, polish all body work, downpipes gleaming, all plastic protected with vinyl dressing, lashings of Motrax afterwash anti corrosion spray...basically everything gets a good going over. Most of you that know me and have seen my bike know I like to turn it out for rideouts etc... looking it's best and I always try my best to look after them.

It takes hours and I last did it at the beginning of November when I fitted a Yoshi can (and posted up these pics...) HERE!

Since then I have sprayed the bike over with clean water (after a run in the rain), applied more Motrax spray and just generally tried to keep it well protected as I know from past experience that even Honda's rot in winter! Only during the last two-three weeks has there been any salt down on the roads and I thought the bike was well enough protected.

Today was the first opportunity I've had to give the bike "The Works". I was aghast at what I found, after having left the bike freshly washed off in the shed for a week.....

* Furry engine fasteners
* Crusty salt penetrated paint on the shock body (the spring is OK)
* Brake caliper and rear sprocket bolts heavily corroded (especially left side where the bike leans over so most of the water runs off)
* Metal pipe on the left bottom side of the engine (mine's a 07 FZ1-N), part of the cooling system...
* A similar pipe just to the right of the oil filter, both of these are a mess with encrusted salt deposits that I won't be able to shift with out using wet and dry paper (if I can get to it)
* The horn is showing signs of salt corrosion
* The rear suspension linkage plates seem to have just a smear of black paint on them... the salt and my attempts to clean it have lifted the paint clear off!
* Same paint issue where the centre stand mounting point are
* Rust deposits on front and rear disc carriers
* Surface rust on the chain and linkages
* Surface rust on Yoshi linkpipe springs

Unfortunately I can't avoid using the bike through winter... and it's inevitable that there will be some corrosion... (I accept that and do my best to counter it) but this much corrosion.... on a £7K, 7 month old bike and effectively in 3 weeks (since we've had colder weather/frost). Or perhaps my council tax money is going on the most aggressive road salt known to man?

I have now tidied up most of the bike, the chain looks almost as good as new again and I have smeared suspension grease over just about every affected part. However I am thinking of trying for a warranty claim on most of standard Yamaha items that are affected. The ally parts seem fine generally but the painted steel parts that have really suffered, they simply do not have enough paint on them.

I have had corroded parts on Honda's replaced before under warranty, but I don't know if I stand much of a chance with Yamaha?....if this is just the way it is then I won't be buying Yamaha again! :(

....In fact by Spring (when the CB1000R is released) the bike may better resemble the Titantic! :banghead
 

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Blimey, that sounds worse than the Hornet and I've only cleaned it once in the last 3 months :rolleyes

Had a minor scare the other day when I noticed a small puddle of oil on the ground around the front drivers side wheel of the car. :angry Disn't have time to check it as I was on my way to work (on the bike) so the next morning I spent ages checking the shock for leakages, nothing, then running the engine to see if I could spot anything, still nothing :notme

Took it out for a quick drive, pulled up to see loads of the black stuff on the ground again :cry By now I was convinced that the shock was leaking as it only seemed to happen when the car had been used so went back home, got the hose out and sprayed the area with water for a better look. While spraying, all the black stuff on the drive quickly disappeared :shake It was only then that I realised the 'oil' was in fact foccin road salt gathering on the wheel arch and dripping when wet :emb

Glad my car is black, most lighter coloured cars are covered in the shite :eek
 

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Man, I'm one of the laziest bike cleaners in the world and my Hornet used to live outside uncovered and it was never that bad (though my chain did colour match my bikes orange paintwork at one point). I think I should probably pull the cover off and see what state its in now you've posted that! I need to turn the engine over anyway; no trickle charger here and it's 3 or 4 weeks since I last did it
 

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BanDANaFZ1 said:
Unfortunately I can't avoid using the bike through winter... and it's inevitable that there will be some corrosion...
eh ... ?

Far as I know you only use it for a 10 mile commute to work every day ...

Why not simply buy an old shitter for £500 say, and keep the FZ1 in a nice warm garage for the winter?

If you can find one that isn't already full up with several bikes belonging to old codgers and annoying gimps that is ;)

You could kick the fcukers bikes over for me whilst you're there too :p
 

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Whatabout the old Pan that Judas had?

I can't see you shelling out for another bike, even if it's a cheapy.

If Judas still has the Pan I'd just use that for free and keep the FZ1 in his garage ....

And spray plenty of WD40 on the gimps brake discs whilst you're there, look after them for him, you know... :smoke
 

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Wishful thinking Dan the Man....

Sodium Chloride is just that, salt. It don't respect no man (can I hear an amen?)

Sodium and Chlorine combined with air are corrosive, it's just science. An old shitter may be the answer...
 

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Why not simply buy an old shitter for £500 say, and keep the FZ1 in a nice warm garage for the winter?
Careful Dan, on the BikeHackers night out Felix was talking of buying a crappy old Dullville, I can feel a Felix deal looming :shake

























He'll be looking at shifting that shitter of a 900 :twofin
 

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JJON said:
Why not simply buy an old shitter for £500 say, and keep the FZ1 in a nice warm garage for the winter?
Careful Dan, on the BikeHackers night out Felix was talking of buying a crappy old Dullville, I can feel a Felix deal looming :shake





















He'll be looking at shifting that shitter of a 900 :twofin
Well blow me down ... I was gonna mention JJON's bike in my original post but I decided to be a gentleman .. but foc that now he's started ...

Dan, if you're after a cheapy ... JJON has a P reg (pre registered oldest in the country) 600 Hornet ... retro model ... he'll tell you it's 'Midnight Black' but really it's shit high pure carbon fibre ...

Worth £500 of anyones money mate ;)
 

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Dan, if you're after a cheapy ... JJON has a P reg (pre registered oldest in the country) 600 Hornet ... retro model ... he'll tell you it's 'Midnight Black' but really it's shit high pure carbon fibre ... Worth £500 of anyones money mate
Sir, you do my bike a diservice.
It's also got scratches on the rear cowl, scratches on the engine casing, dent on the tank, scratched swingarm, scratched brake lever, 'floating' mirrors, corrosion and right angled tyres :p

Still, it gets me to where I want to go, and it's all about
<<<<<<< Location location location :twofin
 

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Location: In a layby waiting for Felix to catch up
Ha ha. I'm sure there's a story that makes it even funnier but that's great as it is!
And anyone who's ever been on a rideout with Felix will have their own story :p
 

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And anyone who's ever been on a rideout with Felix will have their own story :p
I can't help being famous mate, comes with the territory ... :cool

Crazy Felix returns July 2099.
Sounds about right mate, the rest of us got there in 2007 :twofin
 
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