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i recently moved to florida and live on the ocean, the ocean air is trashing my ride! ive got pits in the chrome on my front forks and if something isn't perfectly lubed...rust. im getting so frustrated i feel like all i do is clean it, and just cant get it to hold. this bike is my baby, and watching it get hurt everytime i take it out makes me wanna leave it in the garage. does anyone know how to end this madness?
 

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i recently moved to florida and live on the ocean, the ocean air is trashing my ride! ive got pits in the chrome on my front forks and if something isn't perfectly lubed...rust. im getting so frustrated i feel like all i do is clean it, and just cant get it to hold. this bike is my baby, and watching it get hurt everytime i take it out makes me wanna leave it in the garage. does anyone know how to end this madness?
Move.

Seriously, that's the only sure fire way to end this. As Neil Young says: Rust never sleeps! Unfortunately you can't either. :sparta: Try Protect All -- just spray it on an old towel and wipe every vulnerable part down after each ride, or every couple of days even if it hasn't been ridden. Remember to do the engine cases and fork sliders as well -- the salts will attack aluminum exposed by the inevitable sand and debris hits while riding.

Rob
 

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I live on the beach also. Wash it every week and you'd be amazed what a cover will do to slow it down. That's all you can do, slow it down.
 

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i recently moved to florida and live on the ocean, the ocean air is trashing my ride! ive got pits in the chrome on my front forks and if something isn't perfectly lubed...rust. im getting so frustrated i feel like all i do is clean it, and just cant get it to hold. this bike is my baby, and watching it get hurt everytime i take it out makes me wanna leave it in the garage. does anyone know how to end this madness?
what part of florida you move to??
 

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Ask Englishbulldog. The folks over there have a lot of different sprays they use on their bikes to protect them from the salted/chemicalled(word?) roads. I'm sure he would know this simple stuff. If he doesn't, check out the Aprilia forum (because they have a lot of folks from England that would know).
 

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When I lived in NC, I bought stock in WD-40. I constantly drenched the bikes with the stuff. Everything but the brakes. I had heard horror stories about what the ocean does to bikes and was prepared from day one. I was really concerned that the 85 Ninja was going to get tore up. It lived through it and still looks like the day I rolled out the front door of the dealer....
 

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My Father bought a used truck from some area near the ocean off fleebay and it when he got it we were poking around under the hood. It had this strange little box hooked to the battery. Supposedly it was a electronic rust inhibitor. The truck really was in remarkable condition for being near saltwalter.

I just googled one at random as an example. Note sure if it can even help on a bike but may be worth a try? The Defender-Plus Electronic Rust Control "Rustproofing Has Gone Green"
 

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i moved to satellite beach, its just south of cape canaveral
thanks for all the ideas, i cant really move right now, but i guess i'll just have to wash it as much as i can and try to keep it at bay
 

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Here's a hint from someone who makes a living in the saltwater...

Use this: Boeshield

NOTHING protects as well. I pull the cowls off my engines when I take delivery and spray everything with a mist. I also keep a baggie with a micro-fibre towel in it; after a day of fishing, i rinse the reels down lightly and then finish them off with the rag in the bag. They too look as good as new.

The stuff isn't cheap...but it works. (and my boats are docked year-round in the salt...and the blocks are alum. with stainless towers, etc... EVERYTHING except glass gets it).
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Here's a hint from someone who makes a living in the saltwater...

Use this: Boeshield

NOTHING protects as well. I pull the cowls off my engines when I take delivery and spray everything with a mist. I also keep a baggie with a micro-fibre towel in it; after a day of fishing, i rinse the reels down lightly and then finish them off with the rag in the bag. They too look as good as new.

The stuff isn't cheap...but it works. (and my boats are docked year-round in the salt...and the blocks are alum. with stainless towers, etc... EVERYTHING except glass gets it).
:2cents:
A vote from the Pacific North West for Boeshield also.
 
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