Should I be terrified of Sandy's salt water?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by ScubaStevieG, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. ScubaStevieG

    ScubaStevieG 2wheeledadventurer

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    Hey GSers,

    I live and ride year round in Hoboken NJ. During Sandy, my bike was parked on the ground floor and had water just below the axles, but not much higher for less than 8 hours. I did a bit of exploring the next couple of days in waters well over the pegs. I did my best to wash the bike down with fresh water, degreaser, and car wash soap after each ride (mainly to get rid of the baking poop smell)

    (Don't laugh) I caught a few minutes of American Chopper where they tear down the 9/11 bike that was submerged at WTC and the thing was thoroughly thrashed...

    How concerned should I be about my bolts and moving parts in the front end and rear wheel? How about the bearing seals and caliper seals/boots. ABS Sensors? I had waxed my chain about 100 miles before the storm rolled through and plan to degrease and do it all over again.

    I ride all winter on salty/wet roads and wonder how this could be much different. ( I keep my bike well lubed and clean it regularly through the winter)Basically I think it would be wise to make an insurance claim now if I think that things are going to slowly go haywire in the future.

    What say you wise gentlemen?
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  2. Roadscum

    Roadscum Long timer

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    If it were me, I'd pull the wheels, remove the tires and clean the rims, bearings, and chain. It's been said that I' a bit anal. :rofl

    Regards, Paul
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  3. Reaver

    Reaver Outta Here

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    Well, you could go all anal on it (sorry :evil) and do all of the above and then some like I do with the GF's bike cause she rides alone- then have her write it off 20 kms after I spent the weekend doing major service!

    Well consider the following:

    When are your tires due?
    Fork oil change?
    Valve check or major service?
    Do you do the work or pay shop rate?

    Hard to make a claim based on "maybe". Maybe you should've pushed it over and have it all under? :lol3

    I'd say take a weekend, pick up some grease, anti-seize and beer to show it how much you care. An ounce of prevention. Here in Winterland, I do a full service in the late fall. Just did tires/valve check/steering brgs/wheel brgs etc. That way I can ride all summer with little concern.

    YMMV
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  4. ScubaStevieG

    ScubaStevieG 2wheeledadventurer

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    Thanks Reaver -

    I do basic maintenance myself (wheels, oil, farkles and electrics, bearings, chain tension) I leave the inner bits to the pros ( valve adjustments, clutch etc).

    I was thinking of taking it to the BMW shop for a full service and attempting to make a claim on anything that they said needed replaced or repaired based on water damage. Of course, I'd check with my agent first...

    Steve

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  5. ScubaStevieG

    ScubaStevieG 2wheeledadventurer

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    Thanks Paul - That makes sense to me and was exactly how I was thinking I would spend my time this weekend.

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  6. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    just put some WD40 on it and off you go (don't forget the chain) :lol3

    No just kidding. I'd wash it from the inside out like suggested and wouldn't play lottery with a bike. Since wheel bearings tempt to disintegrate I really wouldn't like to accelerate this project with salt water. Maybe it'll cost you several hours of work but will give you several more miles to ride after that and you'll safe a lot of money. And don't forget that loctite when you're bolding it up all over again.
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  7. Steveman

    Steveman Been here awhile

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    If the water level was below the axels what are u worring about, seriously ? Wash the bike with a high-pressure cleaner, rinse the chain, then soak it with WD 40 and then blow all the dirt off with compressed air, lubricate it. Done. :1drink
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  8. vtbob

    vtbob wanderer

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    +1 on what steveman said.

    You can do more for the fun of it...of if paying some one is no issue.

    doing a deep stream crossing or riding on salty roads here in New England is more hazardous that what you have been exposed to.
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  9. ScubaStevieG

    ScubaStevieG 2wheeledadventurer

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    Thanks All! One last detail which I briefly touched on. I rode around in salty, oily, shit filled floodwaters for a total of about an hour. Does that change your opinions? I did cleanup up afterwards. I suppose bearings and most other items need to be sealed because they are external and often exposed during trail riding...

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  10. Jamm

    Jamm Old man on 2 wheels

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    So now you own a nasty tasting, slimy, turd of a bike (your description, different words). :D You used her for what she's made for. Unless it was submerged scrub'r down, rinse her off, lube the exterior moving parts and get back into the saddle.
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  11. mapuda

    mapuda Crash Tested

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    Good advice for several situations....
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  12. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    Everything is sealed, waters not going to get into the bearings, engine, forks, etc. Unless a seal is bad, then any water (fresh or salt) is going to cause the same problem.

    Now if you submerse the bike (meaning the whole bike goes under water), water can get into your engine thorough the exhaust, intake, crank case vents, etc and that will make a mess of the inside.

    Just wash it off, and oil the chain. And don't high pressure spray it, that can cause damage even if you live in the desert. High pressure water can and will be forced past orings, seals, gaskets, etc.
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