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I am not a fanatical bike cleaner but I do try to keep on top of the dirt. Today I decided to get down and dirty with the engine - particularly behind the header pipes. This is a very inaccessible area to say the least. I was using a rag and my fingers to loosen the dirt and to my surprise found I was also peeling off paint! Now, my bike is ridden in all weathers but I get it treated by all year biker each autumn and I do give it a wash down after mucky rides Since the bike is still in warranty I am going to talk to the dealer about it but I do not have great hopes. Feeling a bit shaken to be honest as I thought the general quality of my Triumph was top notch. On reflection I think the bikes I have owned which fared best in the paint department were a Suzuki WeeStrom and all my Hondas! So it may be back down to the Honda dealer in the near future. Any ideas?

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embattle

When I look at the pictures of the Tiger sport it almost looks like the perfect gap below the rad to get wheel spray up behind, quite frankly I doubt you'll get that far with Triumph since they'll probably blame you and say it is just cosmetic any way. I remember being quite annoyed at how easily the black paint seemed to come off the front part of the exhaust pipe on my brand new Honda PCX. 

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Spindizzy

Sometimes its modern paints let you down. They cant etch properly. Not allowed to use any bunny killing chemicals anymore.

 

 

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baben

I am looking a CrossRunners at the moment -Rocker, there may be a new Sub section on the forum.

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Rocker66
15 minutes ago, baben said:

I am looking a CrossRunners at the moment -Rocker, there may be a new Sub section on the forum.

If you end up getting one I hope you enjoy it as much as I’m enjoying mine.

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Tex

My Tiger 800 was a bitch to clean up around the headers. Took too much effort to keep mint.

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CFB

Cleaning the NC yesterday, I also found some paint bubbling on the top of the rocker cover.

I'm not too concerned and will repaint it the next time it's off to check the valve clearances.

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baben

Showed the pic to my dealer and he is not optimistic but says he will send it off to Triumph for them to have a look.  to be honest unless you have eyes on stalks like a crab you are not going to notice it and I love the bike so much I think I am just going to live with it until my PCP term is up then make a decision - another Sport, an 800 or a Crossrunner. (Or, knowing me, something entirely left field and unexpected) 

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Scootabout

My NC (2013) has been fairly rust free, despite being ridden in all weathers,  until this year.  It's now suffered rusting in various places, especially at the rear of the bike and on the bottom yoke.  I noticed it after going for a long ride in cold conditions - salt on the road, no doubt - and not cleaning it for a while.  Is it possible that something more noxious got put in the road salt this year?  Or perhaps, in March we all thought "it's spring, no need to obsess about bike cleaning any more" but conditions were more like winter? 

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larryblag
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That's such a shame Glendon. 

I was really struggling with some parts of the Harley too. Despite my best efforts. The wheels for example are painted black, then skimmed to provide bare alloy accents. Honda would have lacquered these I'm sure. Another area that's nigh on impossible to keep in good condition for exactly the same reason is the edges of cylinder fins. I noticed most of the HDs at the Bike & Trike show at Loughborough were all suffering similarly irrespective of how good the rest of these bike looked.

I used to run an ACF50 - soaked rag along them after drying them really well but the paint was showing signs of distress along the edges. Just the sort of thing that'll worry me to the point of not sleeping. The frustration is annoying. 

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Mr Toad
9 hours ago, larryblag said:

That's such a shame Glendon. 

I was really struggling with some parts of the Harley too. Despite my best efforts. The wheels for example are painted black, then skimmed to provide bare alloy accents. Honda would have lacquered these I'm sure. Another area that's nigh on impossible to keep in good condition for exactly the same reason is the edges of cylinder fins. I noticed most of the HDs at the Bike & Trike show at Loughborough were all suffering similarly irrespective of how good the rest of these bike looked.

I used to run an ACF50 - soaked rag along them after drying them really well but the paint was showing signs of distress along the edges. Just the sort of thing that'll worry me to the point of not sleeping. The frustration is annoying. 

 

My Bonneville 2009 T100 has the cylinder fin edges skimmed back in the same way but so far the black paint, or whatever the coating is, shows no sign of blistering despite not being lacquered. What does tend to happen is the fin edges lose their shine and there is much discussion on what the best method is to keep them shiny. 

 

Some people use Solvol or other similar products, then there are those that use very fine wet and dry, usually if they haven't been polished for a while. My preferred method is a rub with a fine Scotch pad and then a wipe with ACF50 or similar.  So far the engine still looks good and my sleep remains undisturbed.

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baben

I do not worry the same about my car. It's just a machine but Tigger is something more.

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Rocker66
50 minutes ago, baben said:

I do not worry the same about my car. It's just a machine but Tigger is something more.

I’m not a car man but if I were I think I could get involved with something like the beautiful Mk1 Escort we saw in Hythe on Saturday.

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baben
10 hours ago, Rocker66 said:

I’m not a car man but if I were I think I could get involved with something like the beautiful Mk1 Escort we saw in Hythe on Saturday.

I owned one of those. Horrible thing.

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Spindizzy
Just now, baben said:

I owned one of those. Horrible thing.

I had a Mk2, also a horrible thing. I didn't learn, had a Mk3....and an Orion. Then I discovered Japanese and German cars and realised it didn't have to be this way.

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Rocker66
4 minutes ago, baben said:

I owned one of those. Horrible thing.

I have bit of a soft spot for Fords as my first job when I left school was in the stores of a Ford main dealer.

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baben
17 hours ago, Rocker66 said:

I have bit of a soft spot for Fords as my first job when I left school was in the stores of a Ford main dealer.

I worked in Halewood and the kids I taught all knew how to steal one. If they liked you and you ordered a new one it would come with all the extras fitted for free by their Dads.

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Tex

A blue Mk1 Escort 1300 2 door was our first car when we got married. The front wings rotted out and a friend tacked some pattern replacements on for us. We couldn’t afford the re-spray and drove it for years with brown front wings.

 

A good little car for it’s time. Lovely gearchange. All Fords of that era had much better boxes that the opposition. That’s not saying much because it competed with stuff like the Morris Marina and Hillman Avenger.. proper crap they were! :D 

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Foxy
On 21/05/2018 at 09:30, baben said:

I do not worry the same about my car. It's just a machine but Tigger is something more.

So right, cars are like fridges, most people have to have one, but bikes, now your talking.

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