Hey guys, so I've got a 2009 650R with only about 9k miles on it. However I go to school at UCSB and my house is right next to the beach. I've been fighting a never-ending battle with the rust that's been creeping up all over my bike. I'll take the time to use CLR to (with only partial success) scrub off some of the rust but it keeps coming back stronger each time. Is there anything I can do to diminish these effects? Would covering it do anything to alleviate this problem, or would the sea air creep in from underneath?
What kind of long-term damage should I be aware of in this kind of circumstance? When I graduate and move away in a year, will it be possible to restore all my parts and get them rust-free? Or will I be looking at some permanent damage?
MOST IMPORTANTLY: A white powder (I assume sea salt) has been accumulating at the key entry for my gas tank, BENEATH the cover flap. I haven't been paying it too much attention, but today I was at the gas station and found that my key is able to enter into the slot only with some difficulty. I'm unable, even with force, to get my key to turn, and I partially damaged my key trying to do so. I tried again with my brand new spare key and had the same problem. WHAT DO I DO? Is there any way to fix this? I'm at fuel warning and I'm unable to open my gas tank.
Honestly, I'm surprised that ANYTHING is rusting. I thought it would all be weather-proof. And for a year back home (foggy city, but not salty) it was fine, even outside and uncovered. I just had to keep my chain in shape and nothing else was rusting. Now I'm seeing rust all over, and it seems to be coming back faster and thicker every time I deal with it.
Ever time I scrub this off with CLR and a rag, or now a copper brush (rag isn't cutting it anymore) it comes back thicker, presumably because the paint is being worn down and exposing the metal.
Listen man, plain and simple, you're just gonna have to deal with it. I also live by the beach, Miami Beach to be exact when I'm not in school.
My rotors and triples have the most rust, and it's only worse if you don't cover the bike.
The white residue in the gas cap - I'm gonna go ahead and assume it's the aluminum oxidizing. I almost got stuck at a gas station in the middle of the night when it happened to me, though I didn't need to buy any special lube. I just used some WD-40, wiggled the key a bit, and let the oil soak in for a few minutes.
Also, you see the rust coming back even stronger every time because that copper brush only exposes more bare metal after you "clean" all the rust off. I would recommend a nylon brush, or stiff tooth brush instead.