Paint spokes AT?

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by MeCasa the 2nd, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. MeCasa the 2nd

    MeCasa the 2nd Adventurer

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    I have a 16 and the spokes still look great (kept indoors and have bike for local use)

    I hear about all these problems and I don't care to be involved....

    Can I just paint these black with high grade paint?

    MeCasa
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  2. tag3

    tag3 Doofus

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    Pledge furniture polish. Clean them up real good and apply. Don't spray the rotors.
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  3. ex_MGB

    ex_MGB Been here awhile Supporter

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    I have yet to see a picture of what to me is actual corrosion, that is, the spoke steel itself oxidizing as in "rust". All I see is the sacrificial surface layer of the spoke coating slightly oxidizing to form a surface that protects the actual spoke.

    Can anyone point to a spoke failure, as in loss of design strength, not necessarily catastrophic failure, due to corrosion and not failure due to not properly tensioning the spokes?

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  4. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

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    I have seen spoke failure happen through rust but it's usually been rust down at the nipple. Not on an AT, this was bikes that did a lot of water crossings. Painting won't help there anyway.
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  5. dgp

    dgp Adventurer

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    I really don’t think that is the point. Honda need to produce a product that remains aesthetically pleasing as well as maintaining its mechanical integrity.
    I don’t think any of us would be pleased having our cylinder heads corroding, even if they were still operational.
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  6. PhaseShifter

    PhaseShifter Been here awhile

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    also the 2nd set of wheels in my AT-'16 are rusty.....
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