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post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-29-2016, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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I saw dry blacktop today thanks to the snow removal teams and a good thaw with temps in the 40's. The Burger started right up and I was out of town faster than a rich drug lord escapee. I put about 20 liberating miles on it, made a few stops and loaded the trunk to capacity, (sure holds a lotta junk). The roads were so dry that I saw no salt splash on the bike. That's a plus. I do hear some squeaking from the rear. As soon as the weather breaks I'll need to get into the front and rear brakes to free up those pistons. Happy riding and keep reminding yourself to concentrate on safety. I know I have to 'cause the Burger is just too much fun at times.
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post #12 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-29-2016, 08:37 AM
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Almost there in DC too ... mostly dry pavement, but my guess is over the next few days, with the temperatures going high, there's going to be lots of snow melt splashing the salt/chemicals around.
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Can you guys get ACF50 in the States? Perfect stuff if you have salted roads.
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post #14 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-08-2016, 03:25 AM
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If you're riding on salted roads, consider (carefully -- avoid getting water into the bearings!) washing (or at least rinsing) your wheels. Mine have a bit of corrosion from years of early/late season riding in Utah...
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Uhh! The roads have been brined to an off white color. Nasty, corrosive and somewhat slippery. I have to ride almost as cautiously as I do on wet roads. It has a consistency of a fine powder which has made my tires white. I took it to the DIY car wash today and gave it a spritz down. Looks better and for some reason (I am sure it is in my head), it seems to be smoother riding just afterward. I haven't been watching out for the bearings much but/and I have enough squeak and resistance in the wheels to have the stealership take a look at it as soon as the weather breaks. The Burger has been through almost five winters and it is beginning to groan about it. All in all I have to say that with the exception of this winter, which is mild compared to the the former ones, that the Burger has performed very well in the face of terrible conditions and if it needs a bit of maintenance for it, it is a small price to pay for it's dependability. OK, my eyes are misting up so 'nuff said.
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post #16 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-12-2016, 10:02 PM
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My Burgman/Kenna sidecar has gone through 4 Milwaukee winters, without washing and has had it's share of electrical corrosion damage and brake problems. The tupperware looks fine. I don't think it's really a winter bike, at least not in salty conditions.
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post #17 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-14-2016, 09:51 PM
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I don't usually wash my burgman in winter unless its really dirty. I use rinseless wash in the process.
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post #18 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-15-2016, 02:26 PM
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With the advent of the rainy season here in Tampa, I expect I'll be washing the Iceburg 4-5 times a week. Well..., a 45-65 mph rinsing at least.
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post #19 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-26-2016, 02:48 AM
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winter washing

Once all dirt is washed, finish job by rinsing and drying. dribble water from above to get rid off suds and soaps
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Anyone thought about keeping your bikes for winter storage?
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