Strangest thread yet!

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by opticat, Dec 17, 2016.

  1. opticat

    opticat Adventurer

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    OK, here we go. This is not a joke, but I know the responses will make me laugh.

    My problem is the tank bag phenomenon. The clear plastic on top seems to generate a yellow/green fungal growth (?) overnight. Clean it thoroughly with plastic cleaner and it "regrows". Tried different cleaning agents, and nothing works. Strange. When it is wiped off with a white tee shirt or white towel, the color is clearly visible on the towel. So it must be something! The 2016 GS is kept in a garage where there is no moisture present. The tank bag is a BMW part-- the smaller of the two bags available. When it is cleaned, the plastic is very clear. This is not going to kill me or anything like that, but I'm somewhat like Sherlock Holmes. I love a good mystery.

    But other than that, the bike is perfect. Much more so with the Wilbers shocks!
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  2. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider

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    You're using the wrong oil. try 15w/40 ester
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  3. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    You need an anti fungal like bleach.
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  4. Fattytwocakes

    Fattytwocakes Long timer

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    A teaspoonful of oil of cloves in a litre of water. OOC not only cleans the mouldy stuff off but kills the spores. Just wiping it off does not kill them, that is why they grow back.
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  5. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    I don't like strong oxidizers around plastics or other organics. The oil of clove is clever. Dab a bit on your neck when you girlfriend comes calling.
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  6. Fattytwocakes

    Fattytwocakes Long timer

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    Especially if you have severe neck mould.:-)
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  7. opticat

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    Wow, thanks for the replies. Going to try something I have called Moldstat Plus.
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  8. lewisjr1

    lewisjr1 Long timer

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    Leave it propped open in direct sunlight to dry, as well.
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  9. Lounge

    Lounge Been here awhile

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    Do you actually put a map in it?

    I don't. That's what my GPS is for. I took mine off.
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  10. opticat

    opticat Adventurer

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    Lounge, I don't put a map in it for directions as I use the GPS as well. But I do carry a map for the purpose of scouting ahead-- I sometimes even mark on it! I'm OLD!
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  11. tentative_rider

    tentative_rider Wanna Be On Gravel

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    Can you send a picture of what this looks like? I noticed today that my BMW tank bag map pocket had a bit of a yellow color, I am wondering if it's the same thing, I though it was some sort of solar induced degeneration of the plastic which seemed weird because I never have the bike outside except on rides.
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  12. vagueout

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    Is it only here in australia that this is known? Also great for removing and preventing mould and mildew on leather clothing etc.:thumb
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  13. Gezerbike

    Gezerbike Hey Rocky...........

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    I know is sounds so , shall we say , cliche', but they all do that and have for 20+ years.
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  14. opticat

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    Can't take a photo of the yellowing now because I just cleaned it. I also thought the yellowing was some sort of reaction to the sun, but I was amazed when it could be removed with a bit of soap and water. Took the advice of some posts and used a mildew preventative cleaner.
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  15. Fattytwocakes

    Fattytwocakes Long timer

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    If you google it, it seems to be known everywhere, but it seems not to be a widespread knowledge. Perhaps because the stuff is bloody expensive.:D
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  16. TwoTiredRiders

    TwoTiredRiders Been here awhile

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    Yes, my GSW BMW tank bag does the same thing. It literally grows the hazy fungus by the day and wipes clean with mild detergent and then begins again. Great tip on the Oil of Cloves. Never heard of that but def sounds better than harsh chemicals on the soft plastic. What cool and random information you find here on any given day!
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  17. baka1969

    baka1969 Veteran Bubblehead

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    Try white distilled vinegar or 3% hydrogen peroxide. Not as great smelling as clove oil but highly effective.
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  18. Tor

    Tor Norwegian Viking

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    you tried monostat? :lol3
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  19. TwoTiredRiders

    TwoTiredRiders Been here awhile

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    Nope but again, a great idea! It too controls odor and also prevents chafing. I'll likely mail order that one....
    You guys are great. Cloves, fem cremes, all sorts of home remedies. I have to say, although Jims remedy is a little harsh, it's def more manly. "nuke the shit with bleach" or something like that....:rofl
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  20. tentative_rider

    tentative_rider Wanna Be On Gravel

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    Did you use the oil of clove suggestion or something else?

    Makes sense that this is happening now since it's cold and damp in NorCal now.
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