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I have the sporty in unheated storage for the winter and go to visit every so often. I was distressed to see a white, powdery dreck starting to form on the chrome rocker covers and other chrome bits. Curious what this might be and what I should do to slow or eliminate the process.

It is in a storage locker with cement floor...plain charcoal in a box on the floor to help absorb moisture on the advice of a friend. Hoping it's not some heinous reaction from the cement flooring, but I'm at a loss.

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Here in North Dakota, building codes,in most places require us to have cement floors in our sheds. A common practice for bikers, when they store their motorcycles, is to park them on a sheet of 3/4" plywood. It absorbs a lot of the 'vapor' moisture that hovers above concrete in unheated storage, during our cold-a$$ winters. I also use 3 or 4 old blankets to cover mine, to keep any moisture from attaching to the bike. I've been doing this since the '80's and haven't had any corrosion problems since.
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Here in North Dakota, building codes,in most places require us to have cement floors in our sheds. A common practice for bikers, when they store their motorcycles, is to park them on a sheet of 3/4" plywood. It absorbs a lot of the 'vapor' moisture that hovers above concrete in unheated storage, during our cold-a$$ winters. I also use 3 or 4 old blankets to cover mine, to keep any moisture from attaching to the bike. I've been doing this since the '80's and haven't had any corrosion problems since.
Be careful covering the bike if it is on a battery tender. A guy in my HOG chapter lost his house and several bikes because he had a tender on a bike he had covered and the tender had a fault and overcharged his battery cooking it and it eventually exploded.

Probably a 10 in a 1000 event, but something to be aware of
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my previous ride had a lot of chrome and aluminium parts...
i used an alum polish paste with wonderful results
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my previous ride had a lot of chrome and aluminium parts...
i used an alum polish paste with wonderful results
Thanks...that was the plan, although I didn't want to ignore it in the short term in the event it would end up pitting or otherwise buggering the finish.
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chrome over sand cast aluminum is always a bad mix. what you see is bloom from the aluminum under the chrome from microscopic pores, nothing you can do but inhibit it with either oil/corrosion inhibitor or clean it up very well and seal the surface.
one time i went to look at a 1200s, the dude stored inside his pool house. the chlorine he stored there totally destroyed the engine beyond repair. i told him he was lucky if some one would take money to dispose of it.
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I guess I should have mentioned, most of the guys I ride with, remove their batteries and put them in the house, like I do. Whether or not they 'tender' them, I don't know. I have never used a tender, myself. I did get a tender for my son's Streetglide, because it's such a pain to R&R the Battery, but his is stored in a semi- warm garage. He still covers it with old blankets, tho. I'll have to let him know about the fire hazard! Many Thanks.
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After polished up... i waxed the alum surfaces... not needed on chrome though...
the bike shined like brand new... but a lot of fatigue from my elbows...
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The guy I bought my '08 from kept it under a tarp outside. Same deal. A tarp is much worse than a shed. Lots of places that needed attention.

Condensation forms on metal parts when the temperature of the metal is below the dew point of the ambient air. Some use a standard lightbulb to prevent inside temperatures from going below outside temperatures.
EDIT: I just remembered way back when that I used to fog the cylinders and the whole bike down with WD40. No way was rust going to defeat a coating of that stuff. Clean up wasn't bad either and the rubber parts were conditioned at the same time. Change the oil,fill the tank to the brim with stabilized gas, fog the cylinders, fog the bike, disconnect the battery and stick in under a fabric cover till next season.

On this bike:

Due to corrosion, I replaced many of the chrome bolts on my bike but later found a nylon abrasive wheel brush will clean them up almost new.

I used standard polishing compound and cotton wadding on almost everything else. There's still some polishing to do but 99% of it's done.

As some said, a shorted battery will cause a galvanic reaction that will corrode aluminum (lesser metals corrode first). Check the battery for sure.

If you have a window in your shed, you can put a solar powered battery charger in the window and hook it up to your bike (about $22). Or mount it outside and put in a feed through. The better ones work even in indirect and/or low light conditions. Experts say the output of a solar charger is ideal for battery health by preventing surface charging

My storage routine:
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fill the tank to the top

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F.Y.I. You can buy sacks of dehumidifying crystals typically found in Marin’s supply outlets. Don’t remember the particular brand but you could pour them out on a baking sheet slip them in the oven, gas, and they would dry out and bevreusable. Not expensive at initial purchase.
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