GS on salted roads and heavy sea fog

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  1. Doc Dee

    Doc Dee Stay gold, Ponyboy

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    Hi all,

    Where I live, on the coast North of Copenhagen in Denmark, we got loads of heavy sea fog. Furthermore, roads are salted nearly 4 months of the year.

    I am going for a bike that I can ride all year, when there's no snow on the roads.

    Therefore, I need the bike that will give me least trouble in terms of corrosion.

    I'm about to pull the tricker on either an R1200GS Rallye or the much smaller and simpler r nine t (so-called) urban G/S. I also consider the Ducati Desert Sled but that's a bit of a dark horse since I love Ducati and have owned Panigale and Xdiavel but I expect BMW build to be more weather resistant (?).

    In your experience - How would the R1200GS Rally do in terms of corrosion? Too many electronics and too many moving parts compared to the simpler r nine t or desert sled?

    Thanks for any input : ))
    Rex
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  2. AdamChandler

    AdamChandler n00b

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    You are on a GS forum. Keep that in mind as well all have a bias. :) but among all of those the GS will be most comfortable with more suspension travel, aftermarket parts, wind protection and mileage range. It’s the most all around bike.
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  3. glen gs

    glen gs Been here awhile

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    Get what bike you like the best and use ACF 50, lots of it.
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  4. hubbydubby

    hubbydubby Adventurer

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    I am told modern 1200 GS’s are worse for corrosion than the 1150’s.
    I find that salt spray gets in all nooks and crannies around the engine, frame and everywhere else. If you ride all year round, then don’t expect a pristine finish when you come to sell.
    One reason I kept hold of my 2002 1150GSA. The bike is twinned with my Kärcher K5 power washer.


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  5. oldadvtraveler

    oldadvtraveler Been here awhile

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    get s100
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  6. 150flyer

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    If you ride on salted roads, you would need to rinse the bike after every ride if you are worried about slowing corrosion. Otherwise, you can buy nearly 4 KLR650 bikes for the price of a GS/GSA and have a somewhat disposable bike as they rust out.
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  7. Sleepyc

    Sleepyc I have a Moto Boner!

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    This is correct... if you hose down the bike every week with a fine mist of ACF 50 you will be fine. The stuff is AWESOME.

    I don't have a BMW but use ACF 50 on my bikes (Super Tenere and a Husky 610) and I ride on Ohio where salted roads are here Nov - April... My S10 looks new... no corrosion at all..

    https://learchem.com/products/acf-50.html
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  8. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    this video shows you how to apply ACF50 on a GS

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  9. dutchie

    dutchie Lower than most

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    Rinsing, acf, S100 anti-corrosion etc.: after a few winter with road salt it will start to show. Early LC GS are particularly affected. Check out the UK GS forum.

    I owned a Triumph Trophy 1215 for two winters, only rinsed it every now and then, no probs. I think UK built Triumphs withstand roadsalt pretty good.
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  10. Smoke Eater 3

    Smoke Eater 3 Long timer

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    Rinse it with COLD water. Hot water will only help to activate the corrision.
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  11. Switchglide12

    Switchglide12 Been here awhile

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    I live in area they salt and treat the road when every the weatherman sneezes. I do ride year around to and from Starbucks never had problems corrosion. I don't use ACF-50. When every we have nice day could be once a week or month I spray it down with cold water (you CAN'T use hot water it will corrode) then I dry it with my leaf blower.
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  12. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    My experience is most any BMW motorcycle will suffer badly under your riding conditions. Even the fasteners on the lauded 1150's rust here in Southern California if left unattended/treated. Love my BMW's...BUT they do have shoddy fasteners and pieces that corrode quite easily......the materials quality is not what it used to be.....you would think they would use better and better material, BUT they don't. Your daily maintenance may not be worth the price of ownership.
    Your mileage will vary. All posts are for entertainment purposes only. Someone will be along shorty to refute all or part.
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  13. GS Addict

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  14. JimVonBaden

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    Never been an issue for me. I ride year round, plenty of salted roads, and have almost no corrosion on my 2015 R1200GS.

    This is salt, not snow:
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    I use no protectant, and I do not wash my bike when it is below freezing. It can sit a month like this before washing.
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  15. CopperGreen

    CopperGreen Been here awhile

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    I wouldn't worry.
    Get good insurance with a low deductible.
    Bike will get stolen long before corrosion appears- just like shinny expensive bicycles. :ricky
    I've lived in Copenhagen.
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  18. glen gs

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    Yer nasty crap”.......or don’t look after the bike and moan very loudly!!
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  19. Doc Dee

    Doc Dee Stay gold, Ponyboy

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    Everyone, thank you for your great insights!

    I totally dug the points about ACF-50 etc and the youtube with TMF. What awesome knowledge bank, he is building - and entertaining as well.

    Also the point about the water not being warm when washing the bike during winter was also totally new to met.

    Thanks a lot!
    Rex
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  20. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    That's the exact reason I moved from Denmark to California 30 years ago!

    Long story short, BMW uses bolts and hardware that has very poor corrosion resistance. I just replaced all the bolts on an HP2 because of that and installed stainless. Keep in mind that this is a 9000 mile bike, but it lives in Santa Monica where the air is salty. My point is that it's probably a good idea to replace as much hardware as you can with stainless, use antiseize compound on everything and wash the bike often. And of-course use the anti corrosion agents as others have suggested. IMG_1734.JPG
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