How to Make Your Motorcycle Rust Free

Protecting & storing your motorbike is one of the biggest challenges that every bike rider faces. Failure of adequate care of this mechanical device leads to terrible performance, & often causes financially crippling implications. Which can be a real heartache to the owner. The ways of storing your ride vehicle depend on the weather, & the age & value of your ride. If you are a fan of classic and vintage rides you might have to go an extra mile for ensuring proper safety.

Everyone wants a motorbike that is great in terms of performance and looks. All of the pro-bikers take additional initiatives for keeping their ride in the best possible condition. But most of the regular users hardly take out time for taking proper care of their ride. They think of it as a hazardous technical task that would consume a lot of time. However, with the right tools & cleaners, it hardly takes an hour to get your motorbike into its best condition. Here are some tasks that will help you in maintaining the health and performance of your bike. So you can enjoy your daily commutes or your distance motorcycle touring in your motorbike chaps to its fullest.

Rust on a Motorcycle

The metallic parts on the motorbike are bound to rust. And nothing is more fatal for your ride than the rust. It not only spoils the look of your two-wheeler but is not treated properly it leads to permanent damage. When the metal gets exposed to oxygen & moisture in the environment, a natural process of corrosion starts occurring. That process transforms the metal to an unrefined oxidized state which is rust.

Same with your ride, rust on the motorbike occurs when the metallic parts get exposed to oxygen and moisture. Every time your motorbike’s metal parts get wet, receive condensation, stay in Snowdon, or get in contact with environmental moisture. They will begin to rust. Different chemicals like salts that are used for the prevention of icing in winter or oils, greases & fuels dropped by the passing by vehicles are also responsible for accelerating the rusting process.

Regular cleaning of your bike helps a lot with keeping rust away & gives optimum performance. But, if due to lack of attention, cust has occurred at any part of your motorbike you have to get that part replaced. Sometimes it can cause you a high cost.

Motorcycle Rust Prevention

Battling against the rust can be hard. Unfortunately, there is no magic pill magic that completely prevents the rust from the motorbike. But this brutal process can be slowed down for increasing your ride’s life. Certain measures can help a lot with some of them are described below.

1)   Prevent the rust beforehand

Being a smart rider, your foremost priority when it comes to taking care of your bike should be

Preventing the rust before it occurs. And the most dedicated action regarding that is taking extra care during running or snow season. Avoid parking your motorbike in the exposed areas. Park it under covers, shades, and relatively dry areas it reduces the reach of elements which accelerates the rusting process. If you are traveling on a long route or in a situation where open areas are inevitable, make sure you cover your bike with a protective rain cover if not then a simple plastic sheet that keeps the raindrops away. Traveling in rainy weather conditions is not only bad for your ride but for you too as it increases the safety risk. At first, try not to take unnecessary commutes in those conditions if you must go then make sure you have the motorcycle rain gear.

2)   Keep your Ride Clean

The first & and obvious task is washing your motorbike properly. Cleaning every part in this step is significantly important. Make sure no dirt, grime, or any trace of grease is left on your bike’s body. Invest in good quality motorbike cleaner & scrubbing brush for proper care. Use the brushes which have nylon bristles, they work best and cause no harm to the colors or the graphics of the motorbike. If you are unable to arrange nylon brushes with a plastic handle, try covering the metallic part of the brush you’re using with the masking tape. This will save your bike from scratches. That may occur during the rubbing process. After the cleaning process makes sure you dry your ride properly. Do not leave it under direct sun for that.

During the cleaning process try to determine if any part of your bike has already caught rust. If that’s the case you must act immediately.

3)   Wax coat your motorcycle

As mentioned earlier properly wash your motorbike after cleansing. This step is especially important in the winter season & early spring. Giving quality washes to your bike protects them well against rust. After those baths, coat the wax on all of the painted parts like the fuel tank, side covers & fenders. No matter if you have just removed the rust or just took routine care waxing the surface is a savior. It protects the surface & prevents rust buildup, and also retains the sine which gives your ride a brand-new look. Moisture tracks its way brutally down especially if they are any cracks. Even a microscopic one couple of thick layers of wax can work very well for repelling the moisture.

4)   Trust the rust

As per Murphy’s Law, “if something is bound to go wrong, it will”. Despite your efforts, it is possible that your motorbike sooner or later catches the rust. Here comes the knowledge of dealing with rust. Keep steel wool, sandpaper, old toothbrushes, and kitchen scrub pads closer at the metal polish & anti-rust polish. Rub the corrosion generally with the steel wool. Do it after cleaning & drying your bike’s corrosive surface. Lubricate the steel wool with metal polish or any rust remover material before rubbing it with your motorcycle.

Start cleansing gently in the circular motions and switch to the lateral motions (your rubbing action mainly depends on the areas that are to be covered with rust. Once the flaky bits of rust is gone, try switching to the finer abrasive. Sandpaper works very well in that case but if you don’t have one use the kitchen scrub and pads for this job. Smaller and technical areas can be hard to reach so try cleansing them with a toothbrush. Do not use any scrubbing tool without lubrication. You can also use organic rust cleansers for this purpose. Once you are done with removing the rust, there might be scratches on the affected areas. Wash & clean the surface properly then fill the scratches with good quality polish & buff the bike surface well.

5)   Anti-Corrosion products and polish

After you are done removing the rusts, paint and lubricate that affected section regardless of the number of rusts that have appeared on the surface of any part of your motorbike. After scrubbing, polish the treated area and then wax it. Use the buffing cloth & polish solutions, they will take the best care of these parts. You can also coat all metallic parts & surfaces with anti-corrosion products and corrosion protectants beforehand. These do not only prevent rust but also remove tiny rust spots before it starts spreading to the different parts. Rust can cause pitting, & weakens the surface of your bike, it eats it away and then a time comes when you must replace that whole part. Once you have treated part rust does not mean it will not attack back, that is why you need continuous care. The treated areas can be more sensitive.

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