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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 02:20 AM Thread Starter
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2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650r Swing Arm Rust Issue

So I just did another thorough clean of my bike. I just rolled the clock over 3k miles and the bike is only a few months old. Mind you indoor stored and meticulously maintained. I come across all this mess by the swingarm. It came by surprise to me and is definitely new and happend quick. Any thoughts on what to do? I am not happy about this.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 07:16 AM
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From the photos it looks like dried rusty water drops from the chain..... Nothing to worry about if that is the case, other than ensuring your chain is cleaned, dried & lubed properly.

26,000km on my 2012 Ninja650 now and i have just endured a wet season here in Thailand and there's no sight of rust on my bike at all

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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 07:43 AM
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It should clean right off. Doesn't look like the rust is coming from the swingarm. I second karls opinion.

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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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It does not clean right off, everything from the black to the rust spots will not come off.
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 07:21 PM
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Check to see if your battery is leaking. My battery started leaking and there is a little drain hole in the battery holder that allowed the acid to drip down onto my rectifier and corrode it. The black spots you have look like some of the same I had from the acid that made it lower and onto my frame. Luckily no rust from it yet though.
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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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You think this should be a warranty claim?
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 07:18 PM
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yep, id say thats bettery acid damage.

is it still under warranty? if so take it in, or atleast call and ask.

i dont think this is the first time i heard about this problem tho.

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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 10:37 PM
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That looks exactly like battery acid damage... it wont clean up, it will keep eating away until you neutralize it... sucks. Yet another reason to get a Lithium...

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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Well the bike is under full factory warranty so based on that im assuming that this is a pretty straight forward warranty claim and Kawasaki should replace the damaged parts and the battery as well im assuming correct?
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unless the digital camera is broken, those don't look like rust spots, and I'd look into the battery acid thing
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