Originally Posted by mcma111
If the bike never got wet or was parked outside then rust would be a non issue. Otherwise...
There is also quite a bit less humidity in Taos that there is in SF, that probably makes a difference. I had the pipe on my enduro bike wrapped for a year and when I took the wrap off to replace it because it had gotten so ratty there was no noticeable oxidation.
OP, I'd love to see some pictures of the tools and methods you are using on this bike, you obviously have some fabrication experience.