Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Independence Ohio
Ever wonder why so many people have problems with electrical gremlins and bad switches so often? Read this thread and wonder no more. Of course, the failures are always Honda's fault, right?
I destroyed my wheels very first year I owned my bike. I bought in in September of 02, and was so excited about the new bike that I rode it deep into December, ignoring all the salt. By the time it came to park it, it was too cold to wash the bike. When I pulled it out in the spring, I was horrified. It took three hours of wet sanding on each wheel to get all the corrosion and pitting sanded out. They never looked new again.
When I work on radios and CBs, I can always tell which riders ride a lot in the rain. I can tell which riders park their bikes out in the hot sun for long periods. And I can tell which riders ride on salt covered roads. Those environmental conditions all degrade the motorcycle in their own way. The dusting of salt that gets into every crevice of the bike works its way into connectors and corrodes the pins of any connector that isn't weatherproofed. Time is the enemy here, not mileage.
We generally only equate salt damage with the things we can easily see, such as rotted out body panels, rusted calipers and nuts and bolts, etc. But it's the hidden degradation that happens deep inside unseen areas that causes the most harm. I can make a complex bike like the Wing unreliable and prone to breakdown.
Cars have come a long way in the last 40 years to combat the effects of salt and moisture. But motorcycles are not designed with the same corrosion protections as cars are. It doesn't take much to destroy a bike. But it doesn't happen right away. Most of the lasting effects accumulate over time.
Yeah, if you are lucky enough to have a heated garage where you can wash your bike every time you head out into the salt, you can counter many of the effects. But you can't get everything.
Accusing people using salt as an excuse to wimp out from riding in the cold is shortsighted. The effects of salt are well known. It's not a theory. Some people just care about their bikes more than others.
2002 Illusion Blue GL1800
Last edited by LarryM; 12-11-2016 at 10:09 AM.